The RAB Radio Show: January 5, 2011

Joel Piniero would fit nicely at Yankee Stadium
Cooperstown wrap: Alomar, Blyleven earn Hall call

It’s Hall of Fame day. We start the show by honoring Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, this year’s inductees. But, as always, the down ballot guys are more interesting than the guys who got in.

Next year there will be no first balloters who will ever make the Hall of Fame. Bernie Williams might be the best of them. This creates opportunities for guys who didn’t get the requisite votes. Barry Larkin could be the sole inductee. Jack Morris might have his best chance. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines could make some decent progress. Because in 2013, things will start to get interesting.

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Joel Piniero would fit nicely at Yankee Stadium
Cooperstown wrap: Alomar, Blyleven earn Hall call
  • Klemy

    Bert. Finally.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Fun Fact: Bernie Williams was a 50.9 WAR player until 2004 and in 2005 and 2006 he was a -3.1 WAR player.

  • Justin

    Technically, this was Bert’s 14th year. Just FYI.

    I think Larkin’s getting in his 3rd year next year.

    • Justin

      2013 – Clemens, Bonds, Biggio, Schilling, Lofton, Piazza, Sosa….

      2014 – Maddux, Glavine, Mussina..

      2015 – Randy J., Smoltz…

      Next year is the only breather for a while..

      • Justin

        2015 has Pedro!!!! too.

        • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          those will be some great years.

          13: Bonds
          14: Maddux
          15: Pedro

      • Hughesus Christo

        Will be interesting to see whether Piazza gets the Bagwell treatment.

        Clemens, Bons, Sosa… heh heh

        • Rafael

          Clemens was a HoFer even if he has retired in ’99.

          • Hughesus Christo

            Do you not see Mark McGwire, 21% up there?

            • Rafael

              McGwire was a borderliner HoFer that had HoF numbers because of steroids

              Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod…this guys are HoFer even whitout steroids.

              • Januz

                I hate to say it but the odds are NONE of those guys (Don’t forget Manny Ramirez in the cheaters list) are getting 75% of the vote needed for Cooperstown, which means this steroid issue has over 25 more years left to go (The end of Arod’s contract, plus 20 years).

  • Mike HC

    I just don’t care at all about the Hall of Fame for whatever reason. I know people love it and it is all about history, but I just can’t seem to give a shit about who these writers vote in and once they do get in, then what, they get a plaque in some museum I visited once in my life?

  • Mister Delaware

    Tim Raines: 56.0 bases per 100 PAs (5,805 bases in 10,359 career PAs)

    Paul Molitor: 52.4 bases per 100 PAs (6,368 bases in 12,160 career PAs)

    Tony Gwynn: 51.5 bases per 100 PAs (5,267 bases in 10,232 career PAs)

    He simply walked “too much”. 536 less hits than Gwynn sounds like a lot until you realize he had 540 more walks. If, once factoring in defense and baserunning, he’s not better than Gwynn, he’s pretty much on par.

    (Bases = TB + BB + HBP + SB – CS)

    • Mister Delaware

      Dammit, wrong post.