Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Baines lives to see another vote… and other various opinions…

Thanks for the warm welcome. I feel the only way to start my career here is to plagiarize myself!

For those that don't know me or my writings, I'm a realist at heart. Growing up a White Sox fan had a lot to do with that. What I say might not be the most popular, and may even sometimes sound anti-White Sox-- but trust me, it's tough love.

With that out of the way, let's move on.. shall we??

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Harold Baines eeked through to next year’s voting for the Hall of Fame, being only one of two freshman candidates to move on to next year's vote (the other was McGwire).

I can honestly say I’m torn on whether Harold deserves to be in the Hall. On the personal side, I have many, many fabulous memories of Harold Baines from my childhood. He was the player that always seemed to be up when the game was on the line and he was a lock to produce. And when he didn’t, it seemed like a fluke.

However, I don’t think his numbers are good enough to be enshrined-- 2866 hits, 384 HR, .289 AVG. These are fantastic numbers, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think they’re HOF numbers. And don’t bother emailing me about Player Q who had worse stats and is in the HOF. I won’t listen. ;)

Harold, I wish you all the luck in the world in the next 14 years, you’ll always be Mr. Clutch to me.

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I have to say I was glad to see McGwire not make it to the Hall in his first attempt. It makes you wonder though, would his vote count have been the same sans all the steroid crap? I’m thinking no. But would his numbers have been the same? Again, I’m thinking no.

But it does raise an interesting question– what’s going to happen when Bonds reaches eligibility. Will he sail through? Or will he be met with the same (apparent) apprehension. I for one, hope so.

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Uribe– Will he stay or will he play?

I’m hoping he stays at home this year. And while he’s home watching the team play without him, hopefully he’ll be practicing his swing, getting rid of that gawd-awful “I’m a power hitter” mentality.

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McCarthy—

I’m going to say something that probably isn’t very popular– I’m glad to see him go. And BM may very well make me eat these words one day, but i don’t think he’s the pitcher he’s been hyped to be. I just hope the trade doesn’t turn out to qualify for Sports Illustrated worst trades of all time honor.

Time will tell.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jeeves said...

I agree about Baines. He may gain some votes in the coming years since the next few classes are relatively weak, but the fact that he played a lot of DH really will hurt him with the voters, so I don't see him ever making it in.

I wonder if Baines would have gotten in (not neccesarily this year) had he reached 3,000 hits. One more decent year or two more mediocre years would have done it. I'd hate to think that one or two years of less than optimal production is what seperates a Hall of Famer from another guy.

1/09/2007 8:40 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

I won't argue the HOF worthiness of Baines, but I will say this - If I had all my marbles bet on one Sox game and that game was on the line with the go-ahead on 2B and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.....Harold (over ANY other Sox player ever) is hands down my choice at the plate....no question !!

He oozed COOL CALM and CLUTCH...

1/10/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger Boski93 said...

St. Harold = Professional Hitter.

I would love to see Harold in the Hall, but I understand why he won't. Also I know it would lead to my death. Since my friends who used to give me crap for being a White Sox fan in SoCal would be harassed by me at all hours to the point they would have to kill me.

I just want to see him have his name kicked around a few more years. The man was pure class and was clutch. I can only get angry at him for not pulling the ball more. I think he would have gotten to 400 and maybe had a couple of 30+ HR's seasons. But St. Harold was a true disciple of Charlie Lau and he would not stray. The other thing that hurt Harold was all the years playing in a bad hitter ball park. Even after leaving the Sox and after his breif stint in Texas, he goes to Oakland where as we have seen you needed to juice to hit the ball out of that yard.

Dickdastick - agreeded, I can just it now. Harold just rocketing a double in the gap to win it, for a White Sox winner.

1/10/2007 5:24 PM  

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