Hall of Fame Class of 2012 vs. 1936

The ballot for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class could include:

Craig Biggio (retired)
Mike Piazza (retired)
Roger Clemens (limbo)
Barry Bonds (limbo)
Sammy Sosa (no idea)

Statistically speaking, it would be the greatest Hall of Fame class since the first:

Ty Cobb
Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson
Babe Ruth
Honus Wagner

Speaking as a Lifetime Honorary member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who votes each December, I say let’s just throw Pete Rose onto the ballot for 2012 as well (in place of Sosa, a doubtful first-balloter) so we can make it a legit five-on-five and let everyone have at it.

You would match up Bonds again Ruth, Clemens against Johnson, Rose against Cobb. Mathewson and Piazza both basked in the big-city limelight, both dominating over a long period, so we’ll pair those two. That leaves primary infielders Biggio (2,850 games, 291 homers, .281, 414 steals) and Wagner (2,787 games, 101 homers, .329, 722 steals).

Could be fun. Give me five years to let all the he-said/she-saids play out, see if anything changes with Charlie Hustle in a half-decade, and just imagine what it could be like with Clemens and Piazza together in Cooperstown for a whole loving weekend.

Looking forward to your blogs about the whole subject, now that Piazza has walked away for good.

10 Comments

I’m afraid, Jeff, that the color of your link is dependent on your skin. This blog uses a unique theme that is exclusive to blogs that are “MLB Pro Blogs.” In other words, you will not be able to change the color of your links unless you somehow alter the CSS of each individual blog post – which is a long and confusing process. I’m sure that Mark will address this question directly.

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I’m afraid, Jeff, that the color of your link is dependent on your skin. This blog uses a unique theme that is exclusive to blogs that are “MLB Pro Blogs.” In other words, you will not be able to change the color of your links unless you somehow alter the CSS of each individual blog post – which is a long and confusing process. I’m sure that Mark will address this question directly.

Big blog updates in the future: http://dodgersblog.mlblogs.com

How can I get my links to be red in color? They’re always a light gray, which is very hard to notice?

–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Nominee for homepage comment:

“With so many pre-season favorites struggling, and so many pre-season clunkers hanging tough, this to date just may be the most topsy-turvy baseball season in recent memory.”

(Could probably only fit the last half.)

-Dan
http://fansonthefield.mlblogs.com

Thanks so much Mark, I never would have figured that out on my own!

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Thanks for mentioning it, Coral! You are all set now, your site just needed a publish-all. Good to go. And hey Marc – you definitely would never have seen those guys struggle at the plate, would you! For one thing their games weren’t on TV. – Mark

Mark-
For some reason the links on my sidebar to take me (or anyone else) to previous enteries won’t work (they give me a forbidden error) past… I think February which is (I think, again) when all the updates took place. If you could figure this out and let me know what is going on I’d really appreciate it! I know the pieces still exist because I can find them on google… Thanks a bunch, there are some really important pieces on there…

Coral
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I would have never considered Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, and Craig Biggio to be as great as Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. I think the problem is that I have never actually seen footage of these late players (other than some mere highlights) so it would be an unfair comparison. I have seen Piazza struggle, Biggio make throwing errors, and Sosa strike-out. I have never seen any of the others ever commit a bad play.

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I would have never considered Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, and Craig Biggio to be as great as Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. I think the problem is that I have never actually seen footage of these late players (other than some mere highlights) so it would be an unfair comparison. I have seen Piazza struggle, Biggio make throwing errors, and Sosa strike-out. I have never seen any of the others ever commit a bad play.

http://dodgersblog.mlblogs.com

Hey Mark. Interesting post here. Craig Biggio is a no-brainer for me in terms of the HoF, but I am not sure on the rest. When are you thinking of posing another spheroid?

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