Mets Floral Cap

This exists for some reason.  I think it’s so you can give it to your mom and then she can pretend she likes it.

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Baseball Hall of Immortals – The First Controversy

After posting the First 50 inductees yesteday, I realized there was a major error in the inductee list.

According to the rules posted on the first day we started this project, and linked to in every post since:

Players become eligible 5 years after they have retired and are only eligible for 1 year.

Yet right there as the 32nd inductee was Alex Rodriguez, who only retired following the 2016 season – 3 ½ years ago.  He does not become eligible for the HOI until after next season.

So – Arod’s induction is rescinded immediately and another player will be inducted in his place.  That player will be announced tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez is not completely shut out of the HOI.  He has a chance at induction in December 2021 (of course if he is selected, then someone will have to be kicked out per the rules).

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.

Baseball’s back – but am I? And why I may quit the Mets

Good morning.

Baseball looks like it’s coming back, and you can read the 8 billion other sites that are doing that post this morning.  Here’s a solid FAQ.

My initial reaction was more on the Meh to Boo side of things than Yay.  I know a lot of you think I am doing a bit when I am being honest, but I am being honest.  I have enjoyed the new-new of no baseball and the freedom that came with it.  I just feel like I have wayyyyyy more time that I used to waste on SNY.

When baseball comes back, I am not sure how much I will come back.  Oh I am not boycotting or making a stand, but now that I have broken the habit, maybe I won’t let it come back.  Maybe instead of stopping down at 7pm I’ll just do whatever I feel like at 7pm, and that may or may not be watching baseball. Maybe instead of starting at twitter on Sunday afternoon (I already gave up trying to listen to the radio thanks to the malfeasance of the WOR WahWah Era combined with the LOUD commercials on the loo) – maybe instead of bothering with a Sunday game I will add it to my rotation of taking Saturday night off.   We’ll see.  Right now I am neither looking forward to baseball or against.

The other thing that has me more distressed are the ownership rumors.  There is a piece of the rumor that although I can’t imagine will happen, but if it did, I am not going to support the team and will switch to being a fan of The Formerly New York Giants – which in practicality will mean Someone That Used To Watch Baseball.

Springsteen once wrote:  “Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t.”

If the Brand is going to become something that makes me miss the gold old days when Pete Alonso would vulgarize LGM, then I’m out.  You guys can have at it.

Baseball Hall of Immortals – The First 50 

We are now halfway through the list of the 100 greatest baseball players that will be enshrined in the proposed Smithsonian Hall of Immortals, so it’s a good time to review who is in so far.

There are more starting pitchers inducted at this point than any other position – 11 so far (Bob Feller, Tom Seaver, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Lefty Grove, Pete Alexander, Roger Clemens, Sandt Koufax, Satchel Paige, Steve Carlton, and Warren Spahn).

Among position players, center fielders lead with 8 (Cool Papa Bell, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Oscar Charleston, Tris Speaker, Turkey Stearnes, and Willie Mays).

The infield is fairly evenly distributed with 5 each from second base (Jackie Robinson, Eddie Collins, Charlie Gehringer, Joe Morgan, Nap Lajoie), third base (George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Brooks Robinson, and Larry Jones), and shortstop (Ozzie Smith, Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken, Jr., Honus Wagner, and Pop Lloyd).  First base has three so far (Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Pete Rose).

The corner outfield positions have four apiece (Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, and Rickey Henderson in left; Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, and Mel Ott in right).

There are three catchers (Josh Gibson, Mike Piazza, and Johnny Bench).

Lastly, there is one DH (Edgar Martinez) and one closer (Mariano Rivera).

So who is missing so far?  There are still 50 slots left before we close the doors.  Let us know your nominations.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.