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Rolen elected to Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen was the only player selected by the BBWAA today for the Hall of Fame.

Rolen, who baseball-reference.com has listed as the 10th best 3B of all time, played for the Phillies (1996-2002), Cardinals (2002-2007), Blue Jays (2008-2009) and Reds (2009-2012). Based on his stats, it is a tossup whether he should go into to Hall as a Phillie or as a Cardinal.

Rolen was a 7x All-Star who won 8 Gold Glove awards. He was the 1997 ROY, won 1 Silver Slugger Award and was on the 2004 NL Pennant and 2006 WS Champion Cardinals. He received MVP consideration 4x, finishing in the top 10 once (4th in 2004).

His best seasons: (Topped 30 HR 3x, 100 RBI 5x)

1997 Rookie of the Year: .283-21-92, 16 SB OPS+ 121
1998 .290-31-110, 14 SB OPS+ 139 20th in MVP, GG
2001 .289-25-107 16 SB OPS+ 128 MVP-24, GG
2002 .266-31-110, OPS+ 129 AS, GG, SS,
2003 .286-28-104 13 SB OPS+ 138 AS, GG
2004 .314-34-124 OPS+ 158 AS, MVP-4, GG NL PENNANT
2006 .296-22-95 OPS+ 126 AS, GG, WS CHAMP
2010 .286-20-83 OPS+ 126 AS, MVP-14, GG

His 162-game average was .281-25-102, OPS+ 122. He hit 316 HR.

In 39 postseason games, he hit .220-5-12.

Rolen barely made it in. He made it by 5 votes, getting 76.3%, with 75% needed for election.

Getting 50% or more were:

Todd Helton 72.2% (missed by 11 votes)
Billy Wagner 68.1
Andruw Jones 58.1
Gary Sheffield 55 Next year is his last chance.

Jeff Kent got 46.5% in his last year on the ballot. Staying on the ballot besides the 4 listed above were Carlos Beltran (46.5), A-Rod (35.7), Manny Ramirez (33.2), Omar Vizquel (19.5), Andy Pettitte (17), Bobby Abreu (15.4), Jimmy Rollins (12.9), Mark Buehrle (10.9), Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez 10.8 and Torii Hunter 6.9

You need 5% to stay on the ballot. Getting votes but dropping off were Bronson Arroyo, R. A. Dickey, John Lackey, Mike Napoli, and Huston Street (who voted for these guys?)

Not getting any votes were: Matt Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andre Ethier, J.J. Hardy, Jhonny Peralta, Jered Weaver and Jayson Werth.

Coming onto the ballot next year are: Adrian Beltre (ranked 4th best 3B ever, over 3000 hits, over 470 HR, should be a first-ballot HOF), Bartolo Colon (will get some votes, but not HOF), Chase Utley (has a good case, we will see how many votes he gets to start out with 12th best 2B ever but in 16 year career, his stats are built on 5 superb years, other 11 good but not HOF quality), Joe Mauer (very good case. 7th best C ever, .306, MVP, 3 batting titles for a C) as well as David Wright, Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Reyes. There are others but those are the biggest names.

To me, Beltre and Mauer are no-doubters. Utley needs a bit of review (interesting he and Rollins will both be on the ballot).

Wright is kind of like Don Mattingly. Great career for a while but shortened because of a bad back. Needed a few more (4 or 5?) great years.

The others (Colon, Bautista, Holliday, Martinez, Gonzalez and Reyes) were very good, but to me, not HOF.

Info taken from mlb.com, with my thoughts/opinions.

People will have their own ideas. But it looks like next year’s favorites may be Helton, Wagner, Beltre and Mauer.

Ortiz only player elected by writers into the HOF.

I had the feeling that the only person to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers would be David Ortiz, and I also had the feeling that if he made it on the first ballot, that it would not be by much.

Correct on both counts. The Red Sox legend got 307 votes where he needed 296 out of 394 to get in. Needing 75%, Ortiz got 77.9%.

Many notables dropped off the ballot, as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Curt Schilling were in their last year of eligibility. They now go to the Veterans’ Committee. For Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, steroid allegations cost them the Hall. For Schilling, his political viewpoints and some controversial statements.

Others remaining on the ballot, but who have been associated with PEDs found themselves far from the 75% threshold. That included Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.

Ortiz also has a questionable past with that. Supposedly his name came up on a list that came up positive in 2003, however he has denied it, and there have been false positives associated with the list. Also, there was no list of banned vs. ok substances. So something picked up legitimately at a GNC could cause a positive. To his credit, Ortiz never came up positive after rules were enforced later on.

Ortiz, mostly a DH, was a 10x All-star, 3x WS champ (get to that in a moment), 7x Silver Slugger, a WS MVP, and an ALCS MVP, who played for the Twins (1997-2002) and Red Sox (2003-2016). While ok with the Twins (OPS+ 108), he blossomed into a superstar with Boston (OPS+ 148). He was probably the most influential and most important player in helping the Red Sox end “the Curse of the Bambino” by helping Boston to its first WS title in 86 years in 2004, then he added two more titles onto that.

Ortiz wound up hitting 541 HR, and getting MVP consideration 8x. While never winning the MVP award, he finished in the top 10 7x, and finished 5-4-2-3-4 from 2003-2007. His final season was probably the greatest final season of any player in baseball history, and he finished 6th in MVP voting that year. In his last year, Ortiz, 40, hit .315-38-127, leading the AL in RBI, the majors in doubles (48), the majors in slugging and OPS, and the AL in intentional walks. He hit .286 for his career with an OPS+ of 141 (100 is average). His 162 game average was .286-36-119. He led the league in HR once (54 in 2006), RBI 3x, doubles once, walks 2x, OBP, slugging, total bases and OPS once each, and intentional walks 3x.

In 85 postseason games, he hit .289, with 17 HR and 61 RBI. He won both games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS for Boston, leading them back from a 0-3 deficit to win the AL pennant and eventually the WS, breaking the 86 year old “Curse of the Bambino.” He was ALCS MVP in 2004 (12 for 31, 3 HR, 11 RBI) and WS MVP in 2013 (11 for 16, 2 HR, 6 RBI).

One thing I was and still am critical about is pitchers not coming inside to dust him off of the plate. Can you believe in his whole career, Ortiz was HBP only TWICE? (By comparison, Mantle 13x, Mays 45x, Aaron 32x, Ruth 43x). I’m not for headhunting, but back the guy off the plate?

Ortiz only played 278 games at 1B. 2028 were as a DH.

Here is the ballot, with some notes.

David Ortiz30777.91
Barry Bonds26066.010
Roger Clemens25765.210
Scott Rolen24963.25
Curt Schilling23158.610
Todd Helton20552.04
Billy Wagner20151.07
Andruw Jones16341.15
Gary Sheffield16040.68
Alex Rodriguez13534.31
Jeff Kent12932.79
Manny Ramirez11428.96
Omar Vizquel9423.95
Sammy Sosa7318.510
Andy Pettitte4210.74
Jimmy Rollins379.41
Bobby Abreu348.63
Mark Buehrle235.82
Torii Hunter215.32
Joe Nathan174.31
Tim Hudson123.02
Tim Lincecum92.31
Ryan Howard82.01
Mark Teixeira61.51
Justin Morneau51.31
Jonathan Papelbon51.31
Prince Fielder20.51
A.J. Pierzynski20.51
Carl Crawford001
Jake Peavy001

Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Sosa drop off. So does anyone not getting 5%, which includes Ryan Howard (MVP , 6 top-10 MVP finishes, and 382 HR), Tim Lincecum (Back-to-Back CYA), Justin Morneau (MVP), Joe Nathan (6x all-star) and Mark Teixeira (409 HR) to name a few.

It really looks good for Scott Rolen to maybe get in next year. A-Rod and Manny Ramirez stand no chance due to steroids and suspensions. Omar Vizquel dropped considerably because of domestic violence and sexual harassment allegations. Andy Pettitte stays on, but HGH admissions hurt him.

Next year will be Jeff Kent’s last year on the ballot. (377 HR, MVP).

The biggest name coming onto the ballot next year is Carlos Beltran (.279, 435 HR, 312 SB). While I think Beltran eventually makes the HOF, I don’t think it will be on the first ballot. The only other one that can get considerable consideration among next year’s newcomers is Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod had 437 saves, 62 in 2008.

BBWAA elects no one to Hall.

The Baseball Writers elected no one to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021.

There will still be a ceremony, because COVID cancelled out 2020’s ceremony, those elected in 2020 will be inducted in 2021.

75% of the vote is required for induction. The top 3 finishers are controversial, in various ways. They were Curt Schilling at 71.1%, Barry Bonds at 61.8% and Roger Clemens at 61.6%.

Next year will be the last year on the ballot for all three of them.

There were some, like Scott Rolen, who made big jumps but still fell fall short.

But for Schilling, Bonds and Clemens, the gains were miniscule.

Ex-Yankees Gary Sheffield (40.6%), Andruw Jones (33.9%), Andy Pettitte (13.7%) and Bobby Abreu (8.7%) remain on the ballot.

You need 5% or more to remain on the ballot.

Ex-Yankees Latroy Hawkins (2 votes, 0.5%), A.J. Burnett (no votes) and Nick Swisher (no votes) fall off of the ballot.

Rookies of the Year named.

The AL ROY goes to Andrew Bailey of the A’s, who went 6-3, 1.84 and 26 saves. Finishing 2nd was Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, who went .267-6-40, 33 SB, OPS+ 82.

In the NL, there will be some disappointed fans near where I live in Eastern PA. The NL ROY goes to the Marlins’ OF Chris Coghlan, who hit .321-9-47, OPS+ 122. Phils’ fans were most likely pulling for J.A. Happ, who was 12-4, 2.93 (ERA+ 145) for the NL Champs. Who knows, maybe NOT starting Happ in the WS hurt the Phils more than we will ever know. In the 2 2/3 IP he did pitch in the Series, he gave up one run.

As for the Yanks, they had one candidate, but Gardner received no consideration despite his 26 SB. It could be that of his 108 games, only 63 saw him as a starter, thus hurting him. Another thing is that even though under 140 AB is still considered a rookie, his 127 AB of last year made it seem as if he weren’t a rookie even though he technically was. At least I believe he was.

From Wikipedia:

The current standard of 130 at bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club (excluding time in military service or on the disabled list) before September 1 was adopted in 1971.[

BG had the 127 AB, not sure about days on the active roster. I’m pretty sure he was eligible however.

Scott Rolen won the ROY in 1997 after having EXACTLY 130 AB the year before.  

Tomorrow, the AL CYA. I’d expect Zach Greinke to win it. Getting consideration could be CC and Mo.

Trade talk as deadline looms. UPDATE: The deals. Yanks get Hairston.

Forget someone else as far as potential new Yankees at the deadline. Washburn goes to the Tigers for left-handers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

It looks like Halladay is staying in Toronto, so it looks like the Yanks will be facing him next week.

Washburn is having a bounce-back year. 8-6, 2.64. ERA+ 162.

What I’m concerned about is the Red Sox rumors I am hearing.

In the previous post, I wondered about more rest for A-Rod. Especially on Toronto’s turf. Alex is at .247. The error in Tampa, what should have been an E-5 last night. Last 7 days .190, last 14 days .234. Last 365 days .252.

more rest for A-Rod?
More rest needed for A-Rod?

More on the trade talk, and moves as we approach the deadline.

Update: Beimel from Nats to Rockies for 2 minor leaguers.

The Yankees picked up some bench depth with Jerry Hairston. They dealt low-A From MLB.com:

Hairston played six positions this year for the Reds, including all three outfield spots, though he was primarily used as a third baseman and shortstop.

He is batting .254 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs this season.  

Pete Abraham adds:

The New York Yankees today acquired infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league catcher Chase Weems.

Hairston, 33, batted .254 (78-for-307) with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 86 games with the Reds in 2009, appearing at third base (33G), shortstop (31G), second base (9G), left field (9G), right field (5G) and center field (3G). He has hit .271 (71-for-262) with 7 homers in 70 games since May 5 after opening the season with a .156 (7-for-45) average and 1 home run through his first 16 games.

He is a .259 career hitter (OPS+ just 84). Hopefully the versatility comes in handy. I wonder now what the Yanks next move is. Is Ransom gone? Hopefully with Hairston and maybe Pena (Sept. callup) the Yanks have versatility.

More from MLB.com:

Nick Johnson went from the Nats to the Marlins for a minor leaguer.

Orlando Cabrera goes from the A’s to the Twins for a minor leaguer.

Boston traded just-acquired-from-Pittsburgh Andy LaRoche to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman. They also got Victor Martinez from the Indians for Justin Masterson and two minor leaguers.

…and Toronto made a deal. Not Halladay, however. Scott Rolen to the Reds for  third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and Minor League pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.

…and another one. Jake Peavy goes to Chicago after all. Nope, not the Cubs (rumored all offseason) but to the White Sox for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and right-handers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.


3/25 Morning thoughts…the difference of one pitch.

As I write, Boston has scored 3 in the 6th to take a 3-2 lead over the A’s in the season opener over in Tokyo. Umm….hold that. A 2-run HR gives the A’s the lead in the 7th, 4-3.

The only thing disconcerting in Hughes’ performance last night was the 86 pitches in 5 innings. A bit too much. Otherwise, a nice job except for one pitch. The final line was 5 IP, 3R, 3H, 2W, 6K. He had two strikes on Feliz, but didn’t get a fastball where he wanted and left it over the plate. Say he gets it where he wanted and got a K. How good would this line have been? 5 IP, 1R, 2H, 2W, 7K… Big difference, right? That one pitch makes a big difference.

Ian Kennedy vs. the Indians today. Pete Abraham reports that Hawkins (who had a 1-2-3 last night) will go back-to-back by pitching in a minor league game today. Joba will do it the other way around, pitching in that minor league game, then going against major leaguers tomorrow.

Interesting. MLBTR states that the Indians are going to unload 34 year old lefty Aaron Fultz. Fultz is 25-15, 4.26 in his career (ERA+ 105), and has postseason experience with the Giants and Indians. Do the Yanks bite, or stick with Traber? I think they’ve been happy with Traber so far. Fultz was 4-3, 2.92 (ERA+ 158) for Cleveland last year. As MLBTR reports, Fultz had a 1.71 ERA in August, strained a ribcage, then went 4.50 down the stretch.

One guy the Yanks won’t have to worry about next week is Scott Rolen. A freak injury during fielding drills left him with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger which required surgery on Monday. Rolen is headed to the disabled list and may miss the season’s first month.

Thanks for nothing, Huston Street. He gives up a game tying HR to Brandon Moss in the 9th. It’s Moss’ first MLB HR and he’s playing only because J.D. “Nancy” Drew is a late scratch. Street then gives up 2 in the 10th. Big game for Manny with 4 RBI. Only 361 to LCF/RCF? One thing I always find interesting about Japanese baseball is that the screen isn’t just around home plate. It extends to each foul pole.

What was Emil Brown thinking in the 10th? He drives in a run off of Papelbon with a double but is thrown out going to third when the throw home is cut off. It’s the second out of the inning. Sure enough, the NEXT TWO BATTERS GET SINGLES. He deserves a huge fine by the A’s “Kangaroo Court.” I mean, talk about not using your head. A groundout ends the game and Boston holds on 6-5.


How I’d like to plant a size 11 shoe into Emil Brown’s backside right now.

Cards, Jays to swap third basemen

3 p.m. MLB.com is reporting that the Cardinals and Blue Jays are discussing swapping third basemen. Both Scott Rolen and Troy Glaus would have to waive no-trade clauses in order for it to happen.

It’s no secret that Scott Rolen and manager Tony LaRussa don’t get along. There have been rumors all offseason about the Cardinals looking to shop Rolen. Rolen, who will turn 33 the opening week of the 2008 season, has battled injuries the past few years. He missed about 50 games in 2007 because of them and suffered through a subpar .265-8-58 (OPS+ 89) season. The five-time All Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner had his normal 2006 but missed about 100 games in 2005. He’s a .283 career hitter (OPS + 126) with 261 HR. A normal year from him would be about .283-26-101. He has driven in 100 or more runs in five different seasons, and has topped the 30 HR mark three times.

If I remember correctly, Rolen didn’t like the turf at the Vet. How would he like the turf at the Rogers Centre (I still want to say Skydome)? 

Glaus meanwhile, doesn’t have the glove Rolen has, and missed some 45 games in 2007 himself. His numbers in 2007 for Toronto came out to .262-20-62 (OPS+ 120). The four-time All Star and 2002 World Series MVP has a .254 career batting average with 277 HR. (OPS + 121). He has driven in 100 runs or more in a season four times and topped the 30 HR mark five times (40 twice, leading the league with 47 in 2000). The 31-year old Glaus was named in the Mitchell report as follows:

Troy Glaus

Days before its article about Gibbons, Sports Illustrated reported that the name of

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Troy Glaus also had been in Signature Pharmacy customer

records. According to the article, between September 2003 and May 2004, Glaus reportedly

purchased nandrolone and testosterone from the pharmacy through the New Hope Health Center,

a California anti-aging clinic, using prescriptions written by Dr. Ramon Scruggs, a California

physician who was suspended from practice as of March 2007 for issuing prescriptions over the

internet. The drugs were shipped to Glaus at his home in California. Glaus declined to comment

on these allegations. Glaus reportedly met with officials from the Commissioner’s Office in

September 2007.  

On December 6, 2007, the Commissioner’s Office announced that there was

insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in

question to warrant discipline of Glaus.

UPDATE, 3:30 P.M. MLBTR has word from Ken Rosenthal that this is a done deal. Waiting for the official word, as certain issues still need to be addressed. You can find Rosenthal’s report here:


Update, 6:30 p.m. The Kotsay deal to the Braves has gone through. In return, the A’s get reliever Joey Devine, who was 1-0, 1.08 in 10 games (8 1/3 IP) for the Braves last year. The 24 year old righty has pitched in 25 MLB games (19 2/3 IP) and is 1-1, 6.86 for his career. In 50 minor league games last year (AA/AAA) Devine was 5-4, 1.89 in 57 IP with 20 saves, 78 K, 19 walks in 57 IP. In that short period of time in the majors, Devine has struck out 20 but has walked 22.

8:30 p.m. Pack over Seahawks. Football in the snow. Gotta love it. Pack make NFC title game for the first time since defeating the 49ers 23-10 in January of 1998. The Pack went on to lose Super Bowl XXXII (32; I hate those roman numerals) to the Broncos, 31-24.

9:30 p.m. Here is an interesting story on Babe Ruth which I never heard before. This story was just published at Christmastime, and I think you would be interested in reading it. Here is the link:


Eric Duncan is NOT the answer, and more 3B rumors

On one blog today, I saw a poster state that the answer at third base is Eric Duncan. I cannot disagree more.

Living in Eastern PA, I am situated about equidistant between the Yanks’ AA team in Trenton, NJ and their AAA team in Scranton (actually Moosic), PA. I have seen Duncan several times, and he hasn’t impressed me. In the past three seasons, his batting averages in AA and AAA (total season stats) have been .235, .234 and .241. He was moved to 1B, and has only played in a total of 14 games at 3B in the past two seasons. He is also a lefty hitter in a lineup that will need to replace A-Rod’s righty bat. His HRs have gone 19-10-11 and his RBI 61, 35, 61.

Tell me how he is the answer? Yes, Duncan is still young (he’ll be 23 next month), but he has to start showing something in 2008. So far he hasn’t shown anything at the AA or AAA levels to even remotely suggest that he should be called up, let alone be any kind of answer.

As for Melvin Mora rumors, it would be a stopgap. Mora will be 36 in February, and is slipping. Before 2003, he never had an OPS+ over 101, then he jumped to 143 in 2003 despite missing 2 months. Had a dream season in 2004 (.340-27-104) where his OPS+ was 155. Those two years stick out like sore thumbs. With the Raffy/Palmeiro flap, you now have to wonder about Mora and those two years. Since then his OPS+ have been 117, 91, and 98. .274-14-58 last year and missed a month. 100 is equal to the league average, so his last two years have been slightly less than a league average ballplayer. He should be a CHEAP pickup if picked up at all, so that would be a plus. (Maybe Farnsworth and a prospect? O’s need relief help.) Mora is definitely NOT a 3-6 lineup hitter anymore. I’d say .275-17-70 if he plays a full season and a # 7 or 8 hitter. The righty bat is there, but I’d put him at 7 and still pursue a Hunter or Jones? Then deal Melky for more pitching, esp. if Andy decides not to come back.

The good thing is that for one year (or one year and an option) Mora would be a better pickup than Crede.

The bad news is the age, NO TWO YEARS and could he be on that Mitchell report (you never know). You can’t become intimidated of Mitchell report, but you have to think smart about who may/may not be on.

Other possibilities mentioned in a recent Joel Sherman column for the NY Post are Scott Rolen, who would be a decent but not cheap choice. He’ll be 33 next year, plays hard and has power and D, but also 3 surgeries on his non-throwing shoulder. If healthy, you can expect .283-25-90 from him. He has an excellent 126 OPS+ in his career and seven Gold Glove awards. He has not been healthy in two of the past three seasons. Freddy Sanchez (30) of Pittsburgh won a batting title in 2006 with a .344 mark and hit over .300 in 2007 but provides no power (about 8 HR, 80 RBI). He played some third in 2005 and 2006 but none in 2007. The Yanks had interest in Ty Wigginton (30) at the trade deadline (1B) but Wigginton can also play 3B. Wigginton’s stats, both offensive and defensive, are average. You’d expect .268-17-70 from him.

Update, November 30th, 2007 Duncan is Rule 5 next week. I would not be surprised to see him left unprotected and picked up by another team via the rule 5 draft.