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