Ortiz’ enshrinement in Cooperstown is borderline as of now.
The Hall of Fame vote is to be revealed this week. Murray Chass hates his voting struggle, love average pitchers with remarkable digestional genetics. Shall we join him in his plight?
Oops, just knocked over a salt shaker. Better clean it up…
Two (long) months until Spring Training!
On Monday afternoon, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that former Cincinnati Reds shortstop, Barry Larkin, had been elected into the Cooperstown museum, receiving 86% of the vote. It was Larkin’s third year on the ballot, and quite honestly, he should have been elected in 2010. We’ll never know what Larkin did to sway enough additional [...]
David Ortiz’ last two seasons have been considered disappointments, there’s no way to spin his plummeting OPS numbers. 2008 and 2009 were Ortiz’ worst seasons since his final days in Minnesota, when he started to look more like a “never-will”, rather than a burgeoning talent.
Interestingly enough, I found something in his baseball-reference page that made me do a double take. David Ortiz’ Hall Of Fame Monitor is extremely close to the range of “likely” Hall Of Famers. Not what I expected.
I never quite considered David Ortiz a Hall of Fame candidate. For as happy as I was for Jim Rice, undoubtedly one of my childhood baseball heroes, I was never convinced he was a Hall of Famer either(actually, I’d still pick Dewey over him). I personally tend of have very high Hall of Fame standards, especially when a body of work without much domination is propped up by “Fear” or some other random reason. When I saw Ortiz’ HOF Monitor score was a 92 (likely HOFers are 100+), I decided I wanted to investigate this further and wanted a player with similar Hall of Fame credentials to use as a comparison. The perfect player? Don Mattingly.
Update: Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice have both received the amount of votes needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Congrats to both former BoSox!
The 2009 Hall of Fame announced the results of its voting today at 1:30pm. Use this post to speculate on the voting leading up to its announcement, and commenting on the results from that point out. The 23 players on this year’s ballot are the lowest number ever, with only 13 players returning from last year’s ballot, also a record low. As you are probably aware, it is the last year on the ballot for Jim Rice to be elected from the Baseball Writers Association of America. The induction ceremonies will be on July 26th, 2009 in Cooperstown, NY.
We all know about Jim Rice, but how many of the 23 candidates for the 2009 Hall of Fame class spent part of their careers with the Boston organization? The answer might surprise you. Check the names and career statistics after the jump!