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10 Dec 18
Archy news nety

Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already changed team in the offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in the most exchanges. As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper – the jewels of the free agent market – they are still waiting. Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson have already signed, but there are a lot […]

10 Dec 18
The baseball bats fanatic

Here’s the latest from sunny San Diego… The Padres have interest in super-utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reports (subscription required).  Gonzalez’s versatility would make him an important figure on a roster with so many moving parts, with Lin suggesting that Gonzalez could initially play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready […]

10 Dec 18
Eddie Garcia

The 2018 playoffs featured a near seven and a half hour saga that made it to the history books for longest game ever by innings and time, despite all of Major League Baseball’s efforts to shorten the length of the game. MLB executives had their hands tied when Game 3 of the 2018 World Series […]

10 Dec 18
WritersWrite

Pauld2leo.wordpress.com (Book 48 Non-Fiction ‘Baseball, Our Field of Dreams’…Vol 2) By C. Paul Di Tullio                                           Chapter 10 – ‘Baseball Goes ‘On and On’                       […]

10 Dec 18
3CCorp

Please excuse this article It is such a prefabrication of lies I couldn’t help but attack it Plotters in the deep state tried to shoot down Air Force One and foil President Trump’s North Korea summit. A cabal of global elites, including top figures in Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the intelligence agencies, are responsible […]

10 Dec 18
Notes From The Cave

Smith, Baines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Smith, 61, retired after the 1997 season with more saves than any player before him. His saves still rank third all-time behind Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. A seven-time All-Star and three-time Rolaids Relief Man Award winner, Smith led his league in saves four times, including a […]

11 Nov 18
Oakland Athletics News

Outside of the wild-card loss to the New York Yankees, the Athletics 2018 campaign was nothing but a success.  The A’s improved by a whopping 22 wins on the way to their 97 win wild card berth. This improvment was one of the best in the major leagues. This season also showcased the A’s young, […]

10 Dec 18
Boston Herald
Edgar Martinez (above) is still not in the Baseball Hall of Fame but he has far better stats than Harold Baines, who on Sunday night was elected by committee to the Hall of Fame. LAS VEGAS — If this doesn’t lead to the election of Edgar Martinez to the Baseball Hall of Fame, what will? “This” is news Sunday evening that the Today’s Game Era Committee (1988-present) elected DH Harold Baines, as well as closer Lee Smith, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The two will share the stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July with however many other inductees are voted in by 75 percent of voting members of the BBWAA, who have until the end of this month to vote. Martinez, the first great DH (David Ortiz is the other), has career stats that essentially dwarf those of Baines, yet he is in his last-chance year to be elected the old-fashioned way, by BBWAA voters. Next year, his name will be off the ballot and his only chance of getting in will be if some future committee deems him worthy. Martinez came the closest yet last year to being voted in when he received 70.4 percent of the vote. Traditionally, voters come around to a former great on his final year of eligibility (see Tim Raines two years ago) but the vote by the Today’s Game Era Committee may inadvertently become the final nudge voters need, unless they want the embarrassment of not having Martinez stand with Baines on the stage as well. Baines had a very good career — over 22 seasons, he played in 2,830 games and hit 384 home runs with 488 doubles, and he hit .289 with a .356 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage for a .820 OPS — but aside from durability, his numbers and standing among his peers while he played never elevated him to Hall of Fame status in the eyes of BBWAA members. He was on the ballot for only five years and never captured more than 6.1 percent of the vote. Baines played until he was 42 years old. After his age 26 season, when he finished ninth (his career high in four Top 20 appearances) in MVP voting, he never appeared in the Top 20 again. Martinez played in only 18 seasons and 2,055 games but aside from his home run totals, he was a much better slugger and overall hitter than Baines. He hit 309 home runs, with 514 doubles while over his career hitting .312/.418/.515 with a .933 OPS. Martinez finished in the Top 20 in MVP voting five times, at age 29 (12th), age 32 (3rd), age 34 (14th), age 37 (6th) and age 38 (16th). Martinez played until he was 41 years old. Let’s not forget to mention WAR, too. With so many more games played, Baines managed 38.7 WAR in his career. Martinez? 68.4 WAR. How did Baines manage to capture 12 (the minimum, for 75 percent) of the 16 votes? Committee members are not required to divulge their vote, but it’s safe to assume that committee member Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the White Sox, for whom Baines played the bulk of his career, and Tony LaRussa, Baines’ former manager, played a key role in swaying the other members, all of them Hall of Famers: Greg Maddux, Roberto Alomar, Joe Morgan, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Tony La Russa, John Schuerholz, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre. Smith, who closed for the Red Sox for two-plus seasons 1988-90, received all 16 votes. Smith lasted 15 years, the maximum, on the Hall of Fame, peaking at 50.6 percent in 2012 and finishing last year with 34.2 percent. He is third all-time in saves with 478 saves and led the league four times in saves. Baines and Smith will appear at a press conference at the Mandalay Hotel and Casino on Monday afternoon.  
10 Dec 18
red sox blog

Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has retired after 12 years in the big leagues. The Red Sox signed Napoli in the 2012-13 offseason. Originally signed for three-years, he ultimately signed for one-year after a physical revealed a degenerative hip condition. In 139 games his first season in Boston, he hit .259/.360/.482 with 23 […]

10 Dec 18
peoples trust toronto

https://ift.tt/2Ght190 December 10, 2018 Relief pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines and were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the entity’s Today’s Game Era Committee. Smith, a seven-time All-Star, was named on all 16 ballots. Baines, a six-time All-Star, was named on 12 of 16 ballots, meeting the […]

01 Jun 18
Katie's Running Adventures

Summer 2018 This summer, my husband and I are traveling to Portland, ME and Boston, MA! I am so beyond excited for this trip, both places have been on my bucket list for awhile.  But first, before we board a plane and jet set to the East Coast, we are taking in a Chicago Cubs […]

01 Jun 18
Katie's Running Adventures

Summer 2018 This summer, my husband and I are traveling to Portland, ME and Boston, MA! I am so beyond excited for this trip, both places have been on my bucket list for awhile.  But first, before we board a plane and jet set to the East Coast, we are taking in a Chicago Cubs […]

10 Dec 18
Financial Post

LAS VEGAS — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when travelling after Sunday night games next year. ESPN plans to announce it will move up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT. The network intends to make the […]

10 Dec 18
Scotts Sports Travel Adventures

I wrote about the Australian portion of the trip a few days ago.  Here is the China layover portion. I left the Brisbane airport hotel around 7:30 am for the 11 am flight.  Since I was staying on an airport property the commute to the international terminal was quite easy with only a shuttle to […]

10 Dec 18
Red Bluff Daily News
Longtime closer Lee Smith and smooth-swinging Harold Baines have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell one vote short. The results by the 16-member Today’s Game Era Committee were announced Sunday at the winter meetings. Smith, a minor-pitching consultant with the Giants, and Baines, an All-Star with the A’s in the early 1990s, both debuted in Chicago during the 1980 season Smith began with the Cubs and went on to post a then-record 478 saves while Baines started out with the White Sox and had 2,866 career hits. George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel also were on the ballot.