Today’s the day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced at 3pm PST today. Who will get in? Who will be snubbed?
I’m not a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). I know, big shocker there. But I am a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA). And, like the BBWAA, the BBBA votes for the Hall of Fame every year, using the same rules and the same ballot. Does it mean anything? Not in the least. But it’s fun.
Like a lot of BBWAA members, I believe in making your Hall of Fame vote — official or not — public for all the world to see and yell at you for.
Here’s how I voted.
In 1998, Greg Vaughn became the only Padres player to hit 50 home runs in a season. Six years earlier, Fred McGriff became the only one to lead the National League in homers, with 35.
The last Padres player to lead a league in home runs before McGriff? That would be Deron Johnson, who knocked 33 dingers in 1963 to pace the PCL. It was a great season for the Poway native and graduate of San Diego High School, which later produced Graig Nettles and Jacque Jones.
It was also Johnson’s only season playing for his hometown team. The next year, he hit 21 homers for the Cincinnati Reds. A year later, he led the NL with 130 RBI. He won a World Championship with the A’s in 1973 and finished his career with 245 homers. Johnson, who remained in baseball as a coach after his playing days were over, died far too soon, succumbing to lung cancer in 1992 at age 53.
Before Johnson, you have to go back to 1949, when PCL Hall of Famer Max West launched 48 bombs. West also led the PCL in 1947. And when he graduated to the NL’s Pittsburgh Pirates a year later, fellow lefty slugger Jack Graham filled the void, leading the PCL with 48 in ’48 and being named the circuit’s MVP. He would’ve hit even more if not for a horrific beaning (they didn’t wear helmets) that cost him 46 games.
Last year I submitted a mock Hall of Fame vote on the old Ghost of Ray Kroc blog. If you read it at the time, I’m shocked.
I do have a strong opinion on certain players not getting into the Hall because of PEDs: They shouldn’t be allowed to even be on the ballot, let alone get in.
But, they’re on there. Doesn’t mean anyone has to vote for them though.
Thanks to the lack of Padres news coming out of the Winter Meetings, I’m forced to subject you to one of my lamest ideas for a post.
What is “The List,” you may be asking? In a nutshell, it’s my favorite Padres players.
This list is part of my dream roster. If I had the power to get all of these players, in their prime, together on one team, I would do it. It’s my ideal team. However, it’s not necessarily the best players. My ideal team is made up of players who also had personality. These are the guys who I both wanted to watch play and would like to hang out with at the bar after the game.
Continuing the week’s Trade Deadline theme, I decided to go a slightly different route than Avenging Jack Murphy and Vocal Minority. They looked at completely useless Padres trade deadline acquisitions, but I want to look at what could be the worst trade deadline deal in Padres history. And — no surprise — it has to do with the 1993 “Quality for Quality” Fire Sale.
So let’s do some analysis of the trade that sent Fred McGriff to the Atlanta Braves for Melvin Nieves (not to be confused with Sacrifice Bunt Melvin), Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliot on July 18, 1993.
(That’s right people. It’s been 20 years. Don’t you feel old now?)
As the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres prepare to wrap-up their 3 game series tonight, I thought it would be fun to springboard off of Son of a Duck’s post on Friday morning and examine the players who have spent time in both a Padres and Blue Jays uniform. There are some obvious names (and we’ll get to those) that will come to mind – names seared into our collective memory. But let’s not forget Ricky Henderson and Dave Winfield who spent time in Toronto and San Diego as well.
Using Baseball-Reference.com’s multi-franchise tool I discovered that there are 58 players who have played for both the Padres and Blue Jays, 29 of whom were pitchers.
Let’s start with the current players. Justin Germano, the Padres’ 13th round pick in 2000, managed 2 IP before being optioned back to AAA (It should be noted that 2013 Padre Thad Weber is also with the AAA affiliate for the Blue Jays). Former Padres catcher Hank White is also in Toronto where he’s used sparingly – such is the plight of 41 year-old catchers.
What about players from the recent past?