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Countdown to Cooperstown: Class of 2014

<img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-67djxHOYLXI/TiZm0R71oEI/AAAAAAAACLI/ujxo-dUqkQ4/s1600/maddux.jpg" t$="true" />So, let's re-cap.This weekend, regardless of the crowd size, we're looking at a pretty sub-standard Hall of Fame induction.  Then, in 2013, either the biggest class of first ballot guys gets in...or the most exciting crop...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss
WILL NOT BE IGNORED

Woman allegedly stalking Epstein

A Massachusetts woman was arrested near the home of Cubs president Theo Epstein after telling police she was "inviting Mr. Epstein to go to church." 

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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: John Donaldson

SCOTT SIMKUS on JOHN DONALDSONIf you go back to the days before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, you'll discover a treasure of forgotten baseball talent, performing on the fringe. Athletes who, because they had no other alternative, loaded up inside rattle trap cars, criss-crossing the nation, playing baseball for peanuts, in small towns and big cities alike.African-American...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cooperstown: Class of 2013

Back in January, I was less than shocked that Barry Larkin made the leap from 62.1% to Hall of Famer, but as we all know...this weekend's induction is just the calm before the storm.So far, the BBWAA has taken a pretty harsh stance against those that have used or been suspected of using steroids.  And with all due respect to Mark McGwire (who can't get more than 23.7% of...
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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Lou Whitaker

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W0daibACwSs/UAOW4cqqywI/AAAAAAAAEBo/1iPUifiQHGc/s1600/lou+whitaker.jpg" />JOHN PARENT on LOU WHITAKER"It hurt my family more than it hurt me. I said a long time ago, if I didn't make it in my first time, don't bring my name back up."And they haven't. Yet.Noted baseball...
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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton is Fast

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wWvoOdk1QnI/UAOPjGtGOeI/AAAAAAAAEBE/0iS-9HfT6wQ/s1600/hamilton.jpg" />You probably didn't need me to tell you this, but Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton is fast.If you haven't seen the kid run yet, you're in for a treat.  Not only does the second base prospect have...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss
ALWAYS IN THE MIX

Spike Lee winds up with Teixeira's bat

Perhaps karmic payback for the number of times he's disrupted New York Knicks games, Mark Teixeira interrupted Spike Lee's enjoyment of the New York Yankees-Los Angeles Angels game Sunday.In the first inning, the first baseman lost his grip on his bat and sent it into the front row where, naturally, Lee was sitting. Thankfully, the director's reflexes were quick enough...
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July 15, 2012  |  7 Comments

HOVG Heroes: Toad Ramsey

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p-6Qm507ef8/UAJUxW-tX4I/AAAAAAAAD_0/Cg-L75WXbYQ/s1600/toad.jpg" />MICHAEL CLAIR on TOAD RAMSEYThink back, if you can, to the 1880s. In this quaint, pre-Jitterbug-and-automobile era, baseball was in its fledgling state, bearing little resemblance to the product we have today. Not only did...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Nick Adenhart

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vS03bVLF3kg/T_5eAamtEWI/AAAAAAAAD-k/FFl7IUSitqM/s1600/nick+adenhart.jpg" /> TIM ANDERSON on NICK ADENHARTOne in every 25,000 people becomes a professional athlete.<span style="font-family: inherit; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-font-family: "...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Jack Morris

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6sD6krQKg_g/T_5cd86BFLI/AAAAAAAAD-c/VwPOY9uk9ls/s1600/jack+morris.jpg" />TODD COPPERNOLL ON JACK MORRISA picture of durability, Jack Morris started 549 games in the major leagues, with just two trips to the disabled list. Along the way, Morris racked up 175 complete games, and 28 shutouts...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Dave Winfield Vacations on Magic Johnson's Gigantic Yacht

Samuel L. Jackson, baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and Magic Johnson walk on to a yacht...sure, that sounds like the start of the worst joke ever, but if you've seen the pictures, it actually looks like it was a nice little vacation.Apparently, the random assortment of men took their spouses to the South of France on the NBA legend's monster-sized boat.***Head over...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Friday 5: Gordon Mack

It's been a while since the "Friday 5" has made an appearance here at The Hall.  Then again, it's been since forever that MLB Fan Cave dweller (and friend of The Hall) Gordon Mack has had a chance to attend the MLB All-Star Game.That said, dude was in Kansas City for all the festivities and, naturally, had his five favorite moments from the Midsummer Classic.1...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Brady Anderson

 RYAN PETZAR on BRADY ANDERSONI grew up 45 minutes north of Baltimore and I was 10 years old, there were two names that mattered when you were talking about the Orioles. There was Cal Ripken Jr. and there was Brady Anderson. Cal Ripken was the elder statesman of the game. He was a dignitary. He was more myth than ballplayer. But Brady Anderson? Brady Anderson was my hero. I’ll...
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July 12, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Barry Bonds

NORMAN QUEBEDEAU on BARRY BONDSSixteen months ago, Barry Lamar Bonds was on trial for perjury and obstruction of justice.  Less than a month later...it was over.One guy who was there for the whole thing was California-based artist Norman Quebedeau who, surprisingly, couldn't care less about the seven-time National League MVP."I honestly don't have any thoughts about...
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July 12, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Will Clark

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zi3qdyxxZoA/T_pmWsQuoXI/AAAAAAAAD3k/SRwtEsC6ZTI/s1600/will+clark.jpg" />DAVID ALLAN on WILL CLARKEvery year as fans of baseball we embark on a journey.The trip, for all of us that love the idea of baseballs immortals, begins with a nomination in late November or early December. By early...
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July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Best Home Run Derby Ever? Part Two

I think I need to apologize, but I'm still enamored with the home run derby, er, "hitting contest" that went down Tuesday night in Reading, Pennsylvania.You've seen the YouTube video Reading Phillies GM Scott Hunsicker made. You've seen the pictures Hall contributor Ryan Petzar snapped from Ground Zero.You've even seen the "Crazy Hot Dog Vendor"...
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July 11, 2012  |  Discuss
WILD AND CRAZY

Unique home run derby takes place

You know that absolute ******* crazy home run derby, er, "hitting contest" that was supposed to go down in Reading, Pennsylvania Tuesday night?Well...it did. And, by all accounts, it was awesome.Good friend of The Hall (and future "HOVG Heroes" contributor), 97.3 ESPN Radio's own Ryan Petzar was there and live tweeted the festivities. Pictures included!That...
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss
BEER FLOWS LIKE WINE

Jose Canseco stars in Old Milwaukee spots

If you happened to be watching the Home Run Derby in Kansas City Monday night, you saw a familiar face trying to sell you beer.Former big league MVP Jose Canseco did a few market specific commercials for Old Milwaukee proclaiming that, just like him (and baseball)...the beer is back. Perhaps my favorite is this one though.Props to the fine folks over at Funny or Die (according to...
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Kevin Appier

JEFF MONTGOMERY on KEVIN APPIEROne of the first players I remember meeting after being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals was a young pitcher from Lancaster, California, named Kevin Appier.  It was in the spring of 1988 and I didn’t know much about the Royals organization as I grew up watching and idolizing the players on “The Big Red Machine” and later...
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

John Axford to Spend All-Star Break in Pain

If you follow any Major Leaguers on Twitter, you've certainly read about how they plan on spending the All-Star break.Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford decided to spend his in pain.Ouch.
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Dick Allen

<img $ca="true" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-25DoNpTpVk8/T_pkIRlZPII/AAAAAAAAD3c/aSuTSTjnQi0/s1600/dick+allen.jpg" />ANDREW WOOLLEY on DICK ALLENDoes Dick Allen belong in the Hall of Fame? If you listen to Dick Allen talk on the subject, it is obvious he doesn’t really care one way or the other. If you ask to his former teammates...
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Omar Vizquel Blasts Airline on Twitter

People complain about airlines all the time.  Matter of fact, it's hard to go to a comedy club and not hear some hackneyed bit about flying.But for a Major Leaguer to complain about the service...and for that Major Leaguer to be Omar Vizquel?  Something must've really happened to the mild mannered infielder for him to Hulk out on Twitter Sunday night.That, or he learned...
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Memorabilia and the Politics of the Hall of Fame

BO ROSNY on Memorabilia and the Politics of the Hall of FameWhen a retired baseball player is elected to the Hall of Fame, his life changes in many ways. He becomes a member of an exclusive club, is considered a “baseball immortal,” and can even vote for future members. Just as importantly, he sees a major increase in income – you can charge far more for an autograph appearance...
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Major Leaguer Reaches Milestone in Japan

I'm not going to lie to you...I don't remember Alex Ramirez and his Major League career.But, after a quick trip to Baseball-Reference, I'm reminded that he played 135 games in the bigs between 1998-2000 for both the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates.Well, the outfielder seems to have made a name for himself over in Japan.According to The Japan Times, the Yokohama...
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Pitcher Micah Owings to Return...as a Hitter

It was announced Saturday that injured San Diego Padres pitcher Micah Owings is ready to put his recent stint on the disabled list and return to the Majors.As a position player."It's a new adventure, a new challenge.  I'm excited," the 29-year-old said.  "I'll be a position player who can also pitch."Padres skipper Bud Black said that Owings will...
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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