This is a fair stance. It's an opinion shared by writers I admire and mentors I've had. When I received a ballot I had to come up with a standard I could keep consistent. And this is where I am. The clause gives me a tool to trim the ballot to me. I need one. The ballot isn't asking you to vote for Hall of Famers. It's asking a voter to vote for the 10 most-worthy at that moment, and that clause does exist.
The Cardinals are betting a lot on Grichuk being that guy, this year even more than last.
Absolutely, his bat plays great at second, way above average at that position. No doubt. He was average there at second base when he played there regularly, and about average at third base. His athleticism and ability is above average for a first baseman. Too me a moment to look this up, but from Bill James Online, here is how Carpenter did at three positions last season:
2B -- 318 innings in 2016, minus-9 +/- and minus-8 Runs Saved
3B -- 431 innings in 2016, zero +/-, and plus-2 Runs Saved
1B -- 312 innings in 2016, zero +/-, and plus-1 Runs Saved
Hockey players tend to be the best for reporters who just parachute into the coverage because they are accommodating, they are aware of the need to promote their sport, and the game and schedule is so grueling that they'd prefer not to add another layer of frustration, especially when there is an obvious benefit that comes from promoting the game/the team/their brand through interviews.
Baseball players tend to be the best for beat reporters because there is a shared reality. And baseball, the game and the players, values showing up every day, so the reporters who do that stand out.
No, a good way to stay in St. Louis is to produce. Win.
I stand by my view that a blank ballot is a selfish ballot. It is one voter putting his/her opinion ahead of three of his/her peers. Professional courtesy at the very least should make blank ballots vanish.
Yes. It makes sense for all teams to do this -- and not just with the Orioles. There are other teams in that division that could offer an intriguing talent long around the trade deadline.
The phrase I've heard a lot is this: His career has "a Hall of Fame trajectory." That was a phrase that I heard from Johnny Bench, though I think credit or the word "trajectory" should go to Tony La Russa and John Mozeliak, both of whom have used similar phrases. This was the point that Bench made: Molina already has the reputation. He just needs to outfit his resume with ornaments. That means more Gold Glove awards. That means more hits. Some magic numbers there. Another title. He's playing at the same time as Buster Posey, who is going to have better offensive numbers and already has an MVP. So keep that in mind. There's room for both in Cooperstown -- especially if their ornaments are different -- but they will be compared to each other.
News flash: Game has changed man. He would probably take an innings limit if it also came with Clayton Kershaw's paycheck.
Not based on the peers I have talked to, no. I cannot say it is a representative sample size. But peers who I have asked about this and Hall of Famers who have spoken about this don't come close to the 75 percent threshold. It's not even 50/50.
There's no movement for that at this point, no.
He belongs in the Hall of Fame. His support suffered because he's not Johnny Bench, and that's foolish. I actually think the subsequent voting on him by the committees is hypocritical. I hear a lot from fans and even some players about how WRONG the writers get it and how the players need to have a say so that there is a better selection process. Well, here is that chance. Here you go. Simmons' candidacy has been in the hands of former players, former managers, and Hall of Famers for years, and you know what some of them have told me as a reason he's held back: The writers' vote. That's right. They have a chance to prove the writers wrong -- and they should, they should prove the vote wrong about Simmons -- and instead they choose to use that vote to legitimize theirs. It's maddening.
Simmons belongs in Cooperstown. It's long overdue.
This year I did personally take a part in creating the list, and my final list submitted was the one that ran in the magazine and in the book without alteration. So, there's no cop out here. Flaherty did not crack my top 10. That is a sign of the influx of top-10 talent and the scouting reports that I received on Flaherty. He's got a lot of promise, a lot of upside, and I don't think it's a stretch to suggest he'll be the top pitching prospect in the organization six months from now, 12 months from now. He does need to add performance to all that potential. The velocity hasn't been there. It should be. It likely will be. The reviews of him from scouts and opposing managers and executives was that he was solid, but did't wow. Others wowed. Wow got in the top 10 this year.
As you should be. Depth is a concern.
Kent, Wagner both were in that mix for the top 10. McGriff on the periphery. Casey Blake was not considered. He didn't make the first cut.
Eligibility. The rules are spelled out by the Hall. Being on the ballot does not imply deserving of the Hall. But all players are eligible once they meet established criteria.
Thanks. A deeper dive into other candidates leads one to appreciate Larry Walker, one of the best all-around players of his era and at his position.
Four at this point. One change that could happen is Jordan Schafer. If the Cardinals think this multi-tasking thing could work for the lefty, then he would enter as an OF/RP/PR of some interest and give that spot on the roster dual purpose. It's a theory at this point, but it would free up the spot.
It's been asked numerous times by reporters -- sometimes in print, but often directly, face to face. I've asked ownership, too. They intend to contend for the division title. That's the goal. That's the purpose of the moves and the expectations for this roster. As I mentioned in a previous chat, building a team with the idea to win the wild-card is a fool's errand. It's an awful way to design a team, to spend money on a team, and to sell a fan base on a season. First, a team cannot possibly know what amount of wins will "guarantee" a wild-card berth, but they can reasonable expect that winning between 92-95 games will score them a playoff berth and it could win a division title, and if you're that close to winning a division title and avoiding the one-game playoff why not just do that.
I'll put this simply: The division title is the easiest goal to target. It's linear. Beat the other teams in the division, avoid the one-game playoff, and not have to fret about teams in other divisions.
The Cardinals, year in and year out, are built with the intention to win the division.
That hasn't always translated to success in October, not recently.
The lore of the 2011 Cardinals goes only so far.
Probably 13. I would have taken a long, harder look at 14.