Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #34: Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens was the most dominating pitcher over the last 40 years.  7 Cy Young Awards (and he finished 2nd or 3rd three other times). Over 4,600 strikeouts.  An MVP award. An ERA of 3.12 over 24 years.  And 354 wins with just 184 losses.

Yes, Clemens is said to have used PEDs.  Doesn’t matter to the HOI. 

And yes, Clemens was a jerk, frequently throwing at hitters.  I was at 2 different games where he clearly intentionally hit a batter – the Piazza game, and one in 1991 at Fenway where he drilled the Tigers Tony Phillips.  All of that doesn’t matter either.

In a time where both Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez were dominant, Clemens was king of the hill.  He is most definitely an Immortal

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

 

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Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #33: Cool Papa Bell

Regarded as perhaps the fastest man to ever play the game, stories about Cool Papa Bell’s speed on the basepaths are legendary.  Satchel Paige once said he gave up a hit to Bell and by the time he turned around Bell was already sliding into second base.  While this story may sound outlandish, many other tales of Bell’s speed echo the sentiment (including scoring from first on a bunt against major leaguer Bob Lemon in an exhibition game).

Cool Papa’s talent wasn’t limited to just speed as he consistently batted over .300 and winning a number of Negro League batting titles.

Bell played in the Negro Leagues from 1922 to 1946, ending his career just one year prior to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues. 

One of the great all-time Negro League players (as well as one of the best nicknames ever), Cool Papa Bell is easily an Immortal.

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

Best Mets By Number: 58

Oh man….look I am not awarding this to Jenrry Mejia for being permanently suspended from baseball, so that leaves me with….Sandy Alomar Jr.’s 8 games in 2007?  Nope, no Mets card.  Ken Oberkfell?  Nope.

Josh Smoker won 2 games when he wore this number in September 2016, making him the best 58 in Mets history.

 

MLB Proposal reportedly not going over so well with players

Goooooood.

Regular followers know that I think Baseball is horribly broken, and have been looking for something to mix things up.

I personally have not missed baseball at all.  Not one bit.  ZE-RO.  Nada.

Why?  Because the version of baseball we were served in the 2010’s was AWFUL.   It was the worst decade for Interesting Moments since the 1930s.  If you are a Cubs fan, congrats.  Everyone else fell asleep.

So for me, I’d just as soon not have the 2020 season at all.  There’s even HBO MAX as of tomorrow in case Netflix, Amazon. Hulu, Disney+, 11 Star Wars movies and 700+ hours of Star Trek couldn’t keep you busy on top of the entire internet, one million podcasts, and BOOKS.  (I just read End Of October, which is not at all about baseball.  Actually baseball is mentioned once I believe).  Maybe I will start Mets Police Book Club.



Anyway…

players bristled at the notion of taking further pay reductions — particularly ones that would affect the highest-paid players (via ESPN)

….but before you go ripping the players, consider that maybe the owners are trying to drive a wedge between the players.  We’ve seen unions break up in other sports.

This news comes just hours after SNY Baseball Insider tweeted

Oh.

Anyway, I’m happy as a clam (are clams happy) without baseball and discussing old yearbook covers.  Maybe SNY can make even more content around 1986 for me not to watch.

Let’s let this whole thing burn for a year, maybe two – and maybe Baseball can come back with a version of itself that is fan friendly, less expensive, and not a 4 hour slog of relief pitchers.   If not….hey I don’t miss it.  I am not the least bit bored.