I wanna new thread

One that don’t make me sick. One that don’t make me crash my car. One that don’t make me feel six feet thick.

Yes. I did just throw Huey Lewis at you. Yes I did.

On the question of Fred McGriff, I propose a new form of necromancy called Let’s Ask Mac!. Copying and pasting liberally…


Using traditional Hall of Fame standards, Fred McGriff should be an inductee. However, his stats don’t jump out at you compared with players a few years younger than him. His best season, 1989, doesn’t look all that impressive by today’s standards — .269/.399/.525, 36 homers — but it was in fact a big year, a home run title, second in the league in slugging, fourth in on-base. His other home run title year, 1992, he was third in slugging, fourth in on-base. He had big years in 1988, 1990, and 1993-94, but never hit 40 homers (despite winning two home run titles). 1994, which could have been that big year (on pace for 49 homers, 135 RBI) was interrupted by the strike and overshadowed by Bagwell and Williams. He’s probably not helped by playing most of his best years off the beaten path in Toronto and San Diego.

I think that if Fred can stay on the ballot after his first season, he will eventually get in. It’s hard to tell, but the voters (both the writers and the players) are a conservative lot, and are likely to reward players they consider to be clean.

21 thoughts on “I wanna new thread”

  1. For the record, if I were filling out a ballot:

    Tim Raines
    Barry Bonds
    Roger Clemens
    Craig Biggio
    Jeff Bagwell
    Mike Piazza
    Greg Maddux
    Tom Glavine
    Allen Trammel
    Fred McGriff

  2. @JonHeymanCBS: in case anyone wonders, yanks have no interest in uggla (who’s getting married today — congrats). infante a top target tho

  3. Used to chat with her occasionally about Uggla on Twitter. Nice enough girl for a beauty queen.

  4. @6 – I’m pretty sure talking about John Kerry’s marriage breaks the no politics rule, man.

  5. Kerry is a safe enough subject because he is so boring that anyone will fall asleep befozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. @8 9 LOL

    Where are Bethany and Spike to crow?

    Mass suicide watch here in snowy Columbus.

    Avg age of a Yankees OFer = 47. of course avg salary ~= 17.5 so there is that. Wait, of the starting 8 only the 2b and LF make less than 17 million!

  7. Where are Bethany and Spike to crow?

    The hen is the wisest of all the animal creation because she never cackles until after the egg has been laid. – A. Lincoln

    Having said that, it’s great to be an Auburn Tiger today. And surely everyone on who frequents this board can enjoy this epic fail as one….

  8. can you see this woman we ask you now take?

    your lawfully wedded wife

    to peer and behold

    in sickness and health

    for richer or more richer

    in flood light or day

    keeping yourself solely unto her

    for as long as it’s her you can see?

  9. Freddy Garcia and Daniel Ray Herrera.
    Use remaining money to sign your young players. That would be making a splash in my book.

  10. Trying to figure out who to root for in tonight’s NFL game is like deciding whether you’d rather have dysentery or the Ebola virus. The choice is clear, but deeply disturbing.

    (And yes, the Saints are Ebola.)

  11. EOF close to signing with the Nats. We are showing interest in a F Garcia return. Heyman quotes that we are having trouble unloading Uggla and it would have to be a straight give away. This is setting up as an ugly offseason.

  12. At this point, what would it take to extend Heyward? Doesn’t he look at this market and decide to take his chances?

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