February 24, 2016 |
'GOD KNOWS I'm a Hall of Famer," is what Barry Bonds said Saturday during his introductory press conference as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately for the all-time home-run leader, God does not waste time on something as trivial as casting a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. And since God also graced human beings with free will, Bonds can't count on any divine intervention to sway the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Those mere mortals are the ones who hold the key to unlocking the door to Cooperstown for Bonds, and so far he is 0-4 in the selection process.
November 11, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
August 27, 2014 |
BEFORE THE well-deserved inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine into the Baseball Hall of Fame last month, an old, familiar advertisement from 1998 made the rounds on the various social-media platforms of the day. "Chicks dig the long ball" was a Nike campaign that took off, thanks, in large part, to the deadpan deliveries of the two everyman-looking Cy Young arms, who, after watching women fawn over the batting-practice blasts of Mark McGwire,...
June 15, 2013 |
They may be calling it the "Battle of the Unwritten Rule Book," but several Diamondbacks and Dodgers players and coaches are getting written-out punishments for their beanbrawl outing on Tuesday night. Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy was suspended for 10 games and Diamondbacks infielder Eric Hinske for five when Major League Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. finally figured out what to do on Friday. (Can't blame him for taking his time - it seemed as if everybody on both teams was involved.)
June 13, 2013
Chavez Ravine hosted a beanball war between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks late Tuesday night that had something most baseball brawls don't: old-timers going at it. It all started in the fifth inning, when Dodgers starter Zack Greinke plunked Cody Ross. Then in the sixth, Arizona starter Ian Kennedy struck the Dodgers' sensational rookie, Yasiel Puig, in the face. Greinke retaliated in the top of the seventh, getting Miguel Montero in the back. Both teams ran onto the field, but it was a typical baseball scrum: a lot of jawing and little else.
November 29, 2012 |
BARRY BONDS, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9. Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards.
September 7, 2012 |
THE QUESTION, really, is not who Michael Vick is today; but, rather, what Michael Vick is today. Almost 5 years removed from his conviction for running a dogfighting ring and 3 years removed from his 19-month prison stretch, Vick enters his second season as the acknowledged starting quarterback in the fifth-largest media market. He clearly is the biggest name in Philadelphia, a football city before all else. But is he liked? Adored? Endured? Marketable? A rehabilitated criminal . . . or a charismatic charlatan?
October 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Long before he was an oft-doubted manager, Charlie Manuel was a no-doubt hitting coach. He had a kind, supportive manner, enjoyed the same kind of passionate support that Mark McGwire now receives and, like the St. Louis hitting coach, had developed his theories over decades of trial and error. We should remember this amid our winter of discontent, after Manuel's boss, Ruben Amaro Jr., questioned both the approach and batting averages of his entire lineup after the Phillies' latest aborted playoff run, putting either the manager or some players on notice, depending on your view.
November 30, 2010 |
It's the most perplexing time of the year. A Hall of Fame ballot will soon arrive at my home and I will once again stare at the names of some of the greatest players in baseball history, trying to decide if they are worthy of a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., that will jack up the price of their signatures and solidify their status as legends. This has never been an easy task, and many would argue that baseball writers have no business deciding who should and should not be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
May 20, 2010 |
Tongue-lashing via Cooperstown The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez is a huge talent, a 26-year-old shortstop with a seemingly limitless ceiling. Two Hall of Famers, Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, took him aside Tuesday and tried to remind him of that. Ramirez had found himself on the bench Monday night after failing to hustle after a booted grounder. On Tuesday, he ripped into Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez for singling him out. Dawson and Perez, both Marlins employees, met with Ramirez behind closed doors later Tuesday.