Results for tag: Tim Raines
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 6, 2010 at 04:41:42 PM

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT

Andre Dawson, one of the weaker Hall of Fame candidates on this year’s ballot, made it into the Hall, but Bert Blyleven missed by five votes, the same number of blank ballots cast. Roberto Alomar will have to wait, just missing as well. That’s fine, too, so long as the reasons had to do with perceptions of his performance or his expectorating and not because of some phony "no one gets in on the first year" dogma that has no basis in anything except small-mindedness. If you think a player is a Hall of Famer, then vote for him. Otherwise, get over yourself.

Sometimes I look at the dates of Hall of Fame induction and compare them to the players’ death dates. Some of them got decades to enjoy the honor, others just a few years, and of course several

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 4, 2010 at 06:13:58 PM

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
The Pinstriped Bible is proud to present ... 2010. Thank you very much. We take no responsibility for the old year, but since this one will inevitably be better, we’ll happily receive our kudos here and now. And remember, no take-backs on kudos.

The Yankees won the World Series in 2009, of course, and that was a very good thing indeed, but the Yankees won championships in 1932 and 1936 and many other seasons in which people weren’t eating. As such, it would be inappropriate to say that 2009 was a good year, but rather that the Yankees cast a ray of light on what otherwise would have been a total loss.

Red Sox fans, your mileage may vary, but then, if you’re a Red Sox fan, you’re probably not reading the Pinstriped Bible. That’s too bad, because

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:21:12 PM

IF I WERE A VOTE-MAN III
Wrapping up the Hall of Fame ballot...

Tim Raines: Why there isn't more enthusiasm for Rock is one of the bigger mysteries of life these days. If Rickey Henderson was the number one leadoff man of all time, Raines was 1-A. Even the Expos and the White Sox went to the postseason while he was with them, and of course he helped the 1996 Yankees get where they needed to go. If you need a hook to hang Raines on, then go with "possibly the greatest high-volume, high-percentage basestealer of all time." Fortunately that's not all he could do -- he could hit .295 to .330, pop 10 home runs a year (in a tough home run park in a far different hitting environment than now), and take 85 walks. He was good enough to play for 23 seasons, and even when knee injuries cut down on his

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