Big Unit takes in Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Randy Johnson was like all the rest -- speechless at the thought of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet. It really hasn't," Johnson said Saturday after taking his pre-induction tour of baseball's shine. "I'm honored and humbled. I didn't play the game for the money or the prestige. I didn't know I was going to be half as...
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The Big Unit takes in BB Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Randy Johnson was like all the rest - speechless at the thought of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. ''It hasn't quite sunk in yet. It really hasn't,'' Johnson said Saturday after taking his pre-induction tour of baseball's shine. ''I'm honored and humbled. I didn't play the game for the money or the prestige. I didn't know I was going to be half...
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Nats Night On MLB Network

Thursday was the Nationals featured night as the MLB Network previews all 30 teams in 30 days. In case you missed it, DC Pro Sports has your back! Joe Magrane joined MLB Tonight from Nationals camp on Thursday evening to discuss our great pitching rotation, Manager Matt Williams entering his second season as skipper and more…. Your browser does not support iframes. Will Washington...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

John Smoltz, Sean Casey have intense ping pong battle

The baseball season is coming, but hasn’t started up quite yet. MLB Network analysts John Smoltz and Sean Casey have been passing the time by playing a lot of ping pong at the MLB Network studios in New Jersey, and this video of an intense set of games shows just how much the lack of baseball is effecting them. Can the MLB season start early? Please? I’m even desperate for...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Rest of Justin Verlander’s Career

Let’s be honest. Justin Verlander was awful last year. His ace title has been removed across baseball, and I don’t think there is anyone in Detroit who thinks he’s the best pitcher on the staff right now. He definitely wasn’t worth $20M last year, and we certainly don’t want Verlander’s contract to anchor a ship full of bad contracts sailing for Philly status (spoiler...
Via Tigers Weblog
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves announce promotional schedule for 2015

Along with announcing the sale of single-game tickets Wednesday, the Braves also released their promotional giveaways for the upcoming season. Atlanta will offer magnetic schedules on April 10 and 11, while three former and one current player will be featured on bobbleheads in Javy Lopez (May 20), David Justice (June 9), John Smoltz (Aug. 14) and Julio Teheran (Sept. 10). The franchise...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

John Smoltz: becoming a Hall of Famer "just incredible"

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz says his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame was incredible. He said Tuesday that knowing he'll be a part of it still hasn't set in. The 47-year-old Smoltz is a member of the class of 2015 to be inducted July 26. He was elected a month ago with fellow pitchers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, and second...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz featured on MLB Network Presents

New Baseball Hall of Fame inductees (and current MLB TV analysts) Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz will be featured on next week’s episode of MLB Network Presents, airing at 9 PM on Tuesday. This episode will feature behind the scenes footage of Martinez in the Dominican Republic following his election to the Hall of Fame, and features interviews with Pedro and his wife, Carolina...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

John Smoltz & His Hall-of-Fame Golf Game Is No Accident

During the 1990s, the Atlanta Braves dominated Major League Baseball thanks to three of the best pitchers ever to play the game — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. The big three struck fear into the hearts of the game’s best hitters for the better part of a decade. And when they weren’t doing that, they were golfing.  The golfing exploits of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz Hall Of Fame Caps Announced

This embed is invalid" /> It was announced shortly after Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame election that the pitcher will wear an Arizona Diamondbacks cap on his Cooperstown plaque. Now, we know which headwear the rest of this year’s class will be donning. The National Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the logos that will appear on the caps...
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Poll: Who will be the next player to enter Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Cardinal?

The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame has been a hot topic over the last couple of weeks as the 2015 class was announced on January 6th. The 2015 class includes pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, while Craig Biggio was the lone offensive representative. Around Cardinal Nation, the question has been whether Jim Edmonds is worthy of a call from Hall of Fame director...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball HoF voter claims “eastern bias” is keeping Troy Percival out of the Hall of Fame

Last week, we continued a yearly tradition and rolled out the worst Baseball Hall of Fame ballots following Tuesday’s election of Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz. One of the ballots that wasn’t listed, because it was released by the BBWAA after the election announcement, belonged to Jim Alexander of the OC Register. But if that ballot was made public...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Hall of Fame Fallout

It’s that time of year again. With the annual MLB Hall of Fame voting only mere days behind us, you know darn well what this week’s piece is going to focus on. In fact, this special edition of the Wind Up is dedicated to discussing the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame vote. Let’s begin, shall we? First, the good news: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz along with...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Hall of Fame Class Brings Back Fond Memories of Great Indians Era

Major League Baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s was a unique time for the sport and will be remembered in many different ways. Some major records were broken, both offensively and on the mound. There were a good number of stars that were revered. It seemed there were more great players during that period than at any other time. Unfortunately, the era received a little bit of a...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The four new Hall of Famers presented the Late Show Top Ten

On Wednesday night’s edition of the Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman’s presenters of the evening’s top ten list were the four new inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz read off the list, which was “the top ten things things I said when I learned I made the Baseball Hall of Fame”. Well done, gents...
Via The Outside Corner
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa’s Hall of Fame Chances Take Another Dive

Sammy Sosa missed the Hall of Fame for the third year in a row. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio all received the golden ticket to Cooperstown, but the Hall said no to Slammin’ Sammy. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds saw a small spike in votes and they are part of the same “club” as Sosa, but Sammy actually got less votes than last year, as did his 90’s...
Via Sports Mockery
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall inductees share memories of long careers

NEW YORK (AP) From the moment John Smoltz stood on a chair to place a cap atop 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson's head, it was clear this gathering of baseball's newest Hall of Famers was going to be different than those in past years. ''I just wanted to be funny,'' Smoltz said Wednesday at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. ''He's 6-10 and he was struggling with his jersey. I was trying to help...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

New Baseball Hall of Famers Show the Risk of Trading Young Talent

What do Mark Langston, Doyle Alexander and Delino DeShields have in common? Outside of being decent Major League players, all four were traded for Hall of Famers. With the elections of Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Cooperstown now adds some of the best talent it has in any year in the recent history of the...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

5 years later, Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz 'old goats'

NEW YORK (AP) Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz already consider themselves relics. Baseball transformed during the second half of their careers and has been revolutionized in the five years since their final pitches. Out: big boppers. In: strict pitch limits, a profusion of relief pitchers and sudden swell in defensive shifts. ''Old goats'' is what Martinez called the...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

HOF: John Smoltz had to stand on a chair to help Randy Johnson put on his hat

John Smoltz had to stand on a chair to help Randy Johnson put on his hat. [MLB] Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

John Smoltz: Two Half Hall of Famers?

By the admission of the player himself, John Smoltz had a unique career that doesn’t quite stack up against the traditional standards set by past Hall of Fame inductees. He had two careers, and “each doesn’t qualify a hall of fame type career,” as the pitcher said on a conference call after he was inducted […]
Via Fangraphs
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, representing the largest class going into Cooperstown since 1955. Over the past two years, seven players have received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), making up for the embarrassment of no players being elected in 2013. Looking good gentlemen, looking...
Via The Outside Corner
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleaning up the Baseball Hall Of Fame voting process

Yesterday the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted four new members to its ranks. While there is no true debate to the merits of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz..... The post Cleaning Up The Baseball Hall Of Fame — A TSFJ Roundtable appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Great John Smoltz Elected To Baseball Hall of Fame

Another year, another Cardinal in the Hall of Fame. Yawn. John Smoltz played for Atlanta and Boston before earning his HOF bonafides in St. Louis. And the shameless pandering by Cooperstown to continually ride the gravy train that is Cardinal Nation is kind of pathetic, right? +++++ This is the part where you’re trying to remember if Smoltz actually was a Cardinal at some point...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Rockie Walker falls short in HOF vote

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown just gained four new members – unfortunately, former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker wasn’t one of them. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, as well as Craig Biggio – who played most of his career at second base – were all elected Tuesday, the first time four players have been elected at the same time...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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