Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #56: Rogers Hornsby

The first man to win 2 league MVP awards is the 56th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Immortals. 

Rogers Hornsby set the bar for second basemen for years to come.  Over the course of 23 seasons (the last several as a player-manager), Hornsby achieved a lifetime batting average of .358, second only to Ty Cobb, and the highest by any right-handed hitter.  He would lead the National League in hitting 7 times, including a period of six straight years where he averaged .402, setting the modern single season mark of .424 in 1924.

Amazingly, even though he led the league in hits, runs, average, and walks that year, he still finished 2nd in MVP voting (Dazzy Vance would win the award with a 28-6 record).

Hornsby would finish his career with just under 3,000 hits, 301 homeruns, and almost the same number of runs scored and RBIs (1,579 and 1,584 respectively).

A master with the bat, there is no doubt that Rogers Horsnby is an Immortal.

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

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Coronavirus Filler: the 2013 Mets Yearbook

Whereas the very busy looking 2012 cover made sense, I am not sure this cover was a good choice for the next year.  There is a LOT going on here.

As I mentioned a few days ago, there don’t seem to be all that many images of the 2010s yearbooks online.  Maybe it’s too soon?

Are we celebrating all the Mets All Stars over the years I guess?   Too much for one cover.

A Super-casual History of the Mets Part 2: 1977-1983

Welcome back to A Super-casual History of the Mets.  This series is a very top level history of the Mets, from memory, to pass along to Generation Z and whatever follows.  For a more detailed history of the Mets I refer you to Faith and Fear In Flushing.

Today I will educate you on THE LEAN YEARS.  These are the years that make us old guys strong.  When Millennials whine that the Wilpons only spent $150 million we show you these rosters.  The Mets could trade JDG and Alonso tonight and I wouldn’t even bother to tweet about it.

Let’s start in 1977.

THE METS TRADED TOM SEAVER.   The best player they ever had and ever will and they traded him.  We will never ever ever ever get over this.  Ever.  June 15th.  Learn the date.  Memorize it.  Just say June 15th to a Mets fan and they will know what you mean.  The Mets also traded their slugger Dave Kingman that day.   Tom cries at his locker.

Now you have some slim pickings.   The team has to market….the manager.

In 1978 you get excited about the young Centerfielder Lee Mazzilli.  He’s good looking and The Italian Stallion in a time of cool Italian Stallion guys like Rocky Balboa and The Guy From Saturday Night Fever.   Mazz hits .273 with 16 HRs in a time before steroids.  He’s your guy.

Also Craig Swan leads the league in ERA.  There is nothing else to talk about.  You watch Reds games when NBC shows them.

In 1979 the Mets win 63 games.  If you want to impress a Mets fan just say Richie Hebner and shake your head.  Hebner was the latest solution to the never ending 3B problem and hated being here.  One year and done

In 1980 you can get excited about New Owners!   the Doubledays and WIlpons come in and they are going to make things better!   67 Wins and I have no stories to share about this one.

In 1981 there is a strike!  The strike causes a split season.  You are so desperate that you are excited the Mets are playing FOUR HUNDRED baseball in August and maybe perhaps could make the playoffs.  They don’t.

1982?  It’s the same guys except they are older.  There’s nothing to talk about here.   The Mets break your heart by trading Lee Mazzilli for some kid named Ron Darling.

Then in 1983 THIS HAPPENS!

OMG Tom Seaver came back.  He’s on the Mets.  Everything is all right with the world!  You don’t even care that he wins 9 games.  He’s back!

On June 15th the Mets acquire Keith Hernandez.  He doesn’t want to be here but Mets fans quickly notice he’s a lot better at baseball than anyone we have seen here maybe ever (non-pitcher).  He’s able to play first base at a level you’ve never seen.  It’s kinda like Steph Curry changing everything by taking a million threes.  Suddenly DEFENSE is cool.     But the Mets still suck.

To Fake It At The Bar:   June 15th, Mazzilli, 1983.  Maybe say something like “I really liked John Stearns.”  (He was a decent catcher and he’s not the most obvious player to have liked so you will seem cool.)

More Monday, I don’t want to waste this series on a low-traffic holiday weekend.

Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #55: Dennis Eckersley

The only man to have 100 complete games and 100 saves is the 55th inductee into the Hall of Immortals.

Dennis Eckersley had two careers during his time in major league baseball.  From 1975 through 1986 Eck was a successful starting pitcher, accumulating 151 wins and over 1,600 strikeouts in almost 2,500 inninigs.

Moving to the Athletics in 1987 he began his second carteer as one of the most dominant closers the game has ever seen.  From 1997 through 1988, Eck would rack up 387 saves, winning both the Cy Young and MVP in 1992 when he led the league with 51 saves.

Eckerseley retired with 197 wins and 390 saves.

The man who had two lives and redefined the closer role, Dennis Eckersley is an Immortal.

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

 

T7L Pride Caps

I have written about this before.  I’d like to see MLB do an actual Pride Weekend.  However, from what I anecdotally hear about some players politics/beliefs/feelings (including you Daniel Murphy) I don’t believe we are anywhere near that happening.

Anyway, via an email, The T-Shirt Guy says

Due to a slight delay, our “Pride” caps arrived just as Pride Month was ending. Either way, they’re for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds from these special limited edition caps will be donated to the Ali Forney Center. Their mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. The inventory is SUPER LIMITED in 4 styles. Snapback, fitted, adjustable and stretch fit options will be up for grabs. These will go quick. Be on time.  

They are on sale at 10am Friday.

I don’t love the design and wish that someone would make something that looks more like this, although apparently someone DID make this or I wouldn’t have an image of it LOL.

Also i’d like to point out it’s possible to do 95 colors in the ball logo but not have a tiny NY.   That’s not a shot at Darren – the Mets reason they took the NY off the ball logo is that is difficult to reproduce.  Oh.

Anyway….would love to see Pride jerseys and caps….but I don’t think baseball is as progressive as it thinks it is.  Just yesterday their social media account was making fun of a player’s appearance.