Hall of Fame Voting is Already Getting Stupid

We’re just weeks away from the Hall of Fame announcement and, yup, you guessed it…voting is already getting stupid. Everyone remembers (in great detail) far too much about the fiasco from last year and, it would seem, this year is going to be no different. Consider this…thanks to the HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo, we know that there are already writers opting not to vote for...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Andersen-Bagwell Trade: Who Got the Best Deal?

Hey baseball fans! Big moves are being made all across baseball! Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are heading to Boston, while the Jays just signed Russell Martin and traded for Josh Donaldson. However, I’m not going to talk about those transactions. Instead, let’s discuss one of the the most lopsided trades in baseball history. Trade: Jeff Bagwell of the Red Sox for Larry...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians 2015 Hall of Fame Hopefuls

The 2015 Hall of Fame class will be stacked with some of the greatest players in all of baseball history, although very few are former Cleveland Indians. Depending on how patronizing the BBWAA voters decide to be, Craig Biggio (3rd year), Randy Johnson (1st), Pedro Martinez (1st) and John Smoltz (1st) should all be in easily while Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens and Barry...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wow. The next Cooperstown class is going to be solid

Thirty four players on the ballot. Let's face it: A few have no hope. But what a class... (Yankee connections in blue; not counting the Crime Dog.)   Rich Aurilia, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Roger Clemens, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Randy Johnson...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Five Worst Red Sox Trades Ever Made

As we sit on the playoff sidelines—and contemplate a flurry of Winter trades—it might be instructive to look back at the five worst Red Sox trades ever. Keep in mind that Babe Ruth to the Yankees was not a trade, so that doesn't count. OK, here goes:5. Dave 'Hendu" Henderson to the Giants for Randy Kutcher. Yikes! This 1987 trade—one year after Hendu's thrilling HR against...
Via FenwayNation
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell’s $12M Mansion Comes With Incredible Putting Green

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and former Major League Baseball player Jeff Bagwell’s old mansion is no exception. Bagwell has placed his Houston mansion-estate on the market for a whopping $12 million, which includes a massive putting green that would make many country clubs envious. The 16,414-square-foot estate also includes multiple large main rooms, a gourmet country...
Via Back9Network
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jessica Simpson Leg Day, Buy Jeff Bagwell’s House & Mitch Williams Sues Deadspin

  The big question today is: Will I be able to stay awake for the entire UCLA-Arizona State game that starts at 10...
Via Busted Coverage
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell Is Looking Pretty Good

  Jeff Bagwell was out and about over the last five days or so, visiting with Roger Clemens at Minute Maid and even…
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

10 most lopsided MLB trade deadline deals of all-time

Much like when amateur drafts are conducted in professional sports, you have to wait a couple years before coming to the conclusion about how MLB trades are going to impact the teams involved years down the road. These trades come together for a couple of reasons. Mainly, it’s one team that is no longer in contention looking to trade a veteran to another team that might give up...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss


By: Andrew Crawford I didn’t get to grow up in San Diego, like many of the tributes start out. I was born there, and we moved to Orlando due to my dad’s job when I was two.  Both branches of the family were there though, and back in the day my mom’s parents bought season tickets in 1970.  My great uncle bought season tickets in 1969, so I guess my grandpa was playing catch...
Via Padres Public
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: The Future Is Now For This Newly Revived Ball, And They're Having The Time Of Their Lives Living It.

The Houston Astros have had their ups and downs in baseball. I always remind people that it was just under 10 years ago that the Astros lost the World Series to the Chicago White Sox... meaning that they actually had to be a quality enough ballclub to get to the World Series, and lose to the White Sox. When people step back and think about that statement, they're kind of left going...
Via The Sports Blogette
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels draft LHP Sean Newcomb number 15 overall

With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Angels selected left handed pitcher Sean Newcomb from the University of Hartford.Newcomb is a 6’5, 240 lbs. junior who was listed in the top 50 prospects in 2014. He is the first player to be drafted from Hartford Since Jeff Bagwell was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989.The Massachusetts native has a very easily...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Newcomb is your new favorite Angels prospect

Your new favorite Angels prospect is… Sean Newcomb! Taken with the 15th pick in this year’s amateur draft, Newcomb now immediately becomes the crown jewel of the Angels’ farm system based on his draft status alone. Well, that and because the Angels farm system isn’t very good and their top prospects entering the year have either graduated to the majors or gotten off to a...
Via Monkey with a Halo
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Sports History – 5/27

Today (errr….yesterday) in sports history… In 1981, Julius Erving (Dr. J) won the NBA MVP award.  He averaged 25.2 points, 8.2 boards, and 2.2 steals per game that season.  He is the only player to win the MVP in both the NBA and the ABA (3x – 1974-1976). Notable Birthdays: 1975-Andre 3000, 1972-Antonio Freeman, 1968-Jeff Bagwell, [&hellip No visits yet The post Today...
Via No Coast Bias
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 5/15/14

Yo. Ready for a big Thursday? David Ortiz kills the Twins, but actually, compared to say, Jeff Bagwell, he’s not even that impressive. Former NFL player tries to make a break for it. This is not new, but read Frank Kaminsky’s rationale for not joining the NBA SCOREBOARD MLB Chicago 4, Oakland 2 – Jose Dariel Abreu is flippin‘ nuts. Boston 9, Minnesota 4 – David Ortiz,...
Via The Rhino and Compass
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
Via The Outside Corner
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phillies Nation Top 100: #49 Stan Lopata

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #49. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff.  From this point forward, each...
Via Phillies Nation
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

It Looks Like Jeff Bagwell Has A Beer Gut

Unlike Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell did NOT get the call welcoming him to the…
Via Busted Coverage
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggio barely misses cut, Morris left out of Hall

Craig Biggio barely came up short, so he'll be back next year. Jack Morris' outing is over, and he went the distance again. Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens also were kept out of Cooperstown when Hall of Fame election results were announced Wednesday. And while first-time eligibles Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas sailed right in, the big stars still...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan LeBatard Explains Why He Gave Baseball HOF Vote To Deadspin

  The mystery is solved! Deadspin went on a mission to find a veteran baseball writer willing to fork over his/her hall of fame ballot in effort to lampoon the now ridiculous voting process. Deadspin wanted to give the public the chance to participate in casting their votes–to kinda right the wrong that’s been done along the years post steroids era. The once well-respected hall...
Via BlackSportsOnline
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Are You And What Have You Done With Ken Davidoff?

I hardly ever agree with Ken Davidoff. I actually can’t remember the last time I did. But I have to give him credit. He nailed it 100% with his Hall of Fame ballot, or more specifically, his explanation of it. You can read the whole thing here. I can quibble with a choice or two, but he was dead on with his reasoning. About his vote, he wrote, “I am a judge, but not a cop, an...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Calm Before the Storm

The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot results will be announced on Wednesday, January 8 at 1 PM Central Time.  We’ve covered the publicly released totals thus far and you can check out the Baseball Think Factory ballot collecting gizmo here.  The tally so far suggests that first-time candidates Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas will get inducted easily, while Craig Biggio...
Via World Series Dreaming
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bo Rosny's 2014 Hall of Fame Picks

  Here's a baseball-card related Hall of Fame analysis from The Hall of Very Good's resident baseball card expert Bo Rosny. He uses baseball cards to illustrate his (sometimes surprising) Hall of Fame picks and snubs. Moisés Alou – NO.   Best known for being hurt a lot and not catching a foul ball. Here’s his rookie card as a skinny Pittsburgh Pirate.  Jeff...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Official Reading Between The Seams 2014 Hall of Fame Vote

The writers of our own blog Reading Between the Seams embarked on the opportunity to evaluate this years deep Hall of Fame ballot and see if our thoughts might be an indicator for the final results (to be released on Wednesday, January 8).  With our sample size of six voters, it takes five to meet the Hall’s 75% necessary for election.  A sample of four (with three positive votes...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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