Category Archives: Hall of Fame

Predicting the 2017 Hall of Fame class

  The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot is out, featuring three players who, during the peak of their careers, we all probably expected would be easy picks for election: Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez. But the whole steroids era and various voters’ biases have turned what once seemed like certain honorees into players

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Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer

  I wrote the other day about my lasting Ken Griffey Jr. memory, involving his iconic Upper Deck No. 1 rookie card. My Mike Piazza memories are much deeper and more centered around his performance in games, both those I attended and others I watched on TV. I graduated college on May 17, 1998 —

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The 2013 HOF Pre-Integration ballot

The Hall of Fame unveiled the 2013 Pre-Integration Era ballot over the weekend, and it includes a New Jersey connection: Jacob Ruppert — known as the Yankees owner who acquired Babe Ruth — is also the man for whom Newark’s Ruppert Stadium was named. The Yankees owned the Newark Bears from 1931-47 (when they moved

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Barry Larkin as an All-Star for the last time

I suppose I’m a couple days late on the Barry Larkin post, but that’s because I don’t really have anything to add. I never had a strong feel either way for his candidacy, but I suppose I now see him as more a Hall of Famer than not. He was among the shortstops who “changed

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