Archive for November 2013

Ginobili’s Top 25 Pitchers

1 Aaron Johns (L) 97.47 HUNTINGTON,

2 Dennis Hiro (R) 96.52 OTTAWA,

3 Rudy Tabaka (R) 96.10 BURLINGTON,

4 Brook Easley (L) 94.87 OTTAWA,

5 Edgar Matos (R) 93.29 NASHVILLE,

6 Tony Tanaka (R) 92.72 OTTAWA,

7 Ezequiel Perez (L) 92.54 HUNTINGTON,

8 Rodrigo Cabrera (R) 91.88 VANCOUVER,

9 Diego Ramirez (R) 91.26 KANSAS CITY,

10 Juan Veras (L) 91.00 HUNTINGTON,

11 Victor Guerra (L) 89.66 OTTAWA,

12 Joaquin Guerrero (R) 88.99 LAS VEGAS,

13 Julio Zumaya (R) 88.81 LAS VEGAS,

14 Ariel Calles (R) 88.43 TAMPA BAY,

15 Philip Coleridge (R) 87.38 RICHMOND,

16 Frank Burton (R) 87.28 CHARLOTTE,

17 Albert Garcia (R) 87.17 TOLEDO,

18 Jair Bonilla (R) 86.99 BURLINGTON,

19 Bono Larkin (R) 86.78 HUNTINGTON,

20 Ken Brantley (L) 86.21 OTTAWA,

21 Todd Corcoran (L) 85.96 COLUMBUS,

22 Roy Washington (R) 85.92 PORTLAND,

23 Boomer O’Sullivan (L) 85.54 CINCINNATI,

24 Mitch Morehead (R) 85.08 TRENTON,

25 Ben Sherman (L) 84.43 SAN FRANCISCO

Ginobili’s Team Pitching Rating

Ginobili has punched in every teams pitcher into a spreadsheet and using his secret special formula to rank every team’s pitching staff. Let him know what you think of his ratings in the comments!

OTTAWA 83.89 HUNTINGTON 78.02 TOLEDO 73.45 BURLINGTON 73.08 LAS VEGAS 72.88 COLUMBUS 70.05 SCOTTSDALE 69.81 NASHVILLE 69.58 RIChMOND 69.51 KANSAS CITY 69.12 CINCINNATTI 68.99 MEXICO CITY 68.52 SAN FRANCISCO 66.98 PORTLAND 66.68 LOS ANGELES 66.65 AUSTIN 66.63 AUGUSTA 66.33 VANCOUVER 66.22 BOSTON 65.79 CHARLOTTE 65.75 FARGO 65.33 TRENTON 65.3 EL PASO 64.89 BOISE 64.73 SCRANTON 63.01 WASHINGTON 62.92 TAMPA BAY 62.54 NEW ORLEANS 62.46 SAN DIEGO 61.78 ROCHESTER 61.47 BALTIMORE 60.98 HONOLULU 59.92

Hall of Fame Voting Season 29

I am going to rank everyone that I believe who is on the ballot who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  The top 5 of course are who I think deserves to be in on this ballot.  Noting the others who are viable may seem to muddy the waters, but I am pretty liberal with who I think should get into the Hall (it would be a big building if I were in charge).  I will also admit that I tend to favor career stats over awards. Particuarly since awards like the All Star game, silver slugger, and gold glove are computer generated, I don’t give them as much credence as the sheer numbers. The awards we vote one hold much more weight IMO. Perhaps if we could come to a consensus on the last few we could get more deserving candidates in and hope to get some of those lower on the list in next season. It is because we are always disagreeing over those last few spots that we have a class like this that is just overloaded with talent and deserving candidates where we will probably only get 2 guys in because there are too many to debate.

1. Fernando Neruda If I have to explain this one to you, stop playing HBD because you clearly don’t even know what a baseball looks like.

2. Shawn Radlosky In earnest, we could call this a career achivement award. When you pitch in the same league as Neruda for most of your career, you lose out on Cy Youngs that would have been won in other more normal circumstances.

3. Ryne Magruder Magruder was a great all around player, played all around the field when Honolulu needed him to change positions from season to season, and he stayed one of the best hitters in the NL his entire career. In my opinion, multiple MVPs speaks loudly. Magruder is the best position player on the ballot and I don’t think there really should be a lot of debate about him deserving the HOF.

4. Hal Wagner Closers have had a difficult time getting in the Hall in this world, but I cannot believe that Wagner is not going to be a shoe in. He won a Cy Young as a closer and had some seasons that were down right absurd. He is number 2 on the career saves list at 641 and would be #1 if he had been a closer early on in his career. I want you to think of one name when you think of Wagner: Dennis Eckersley. Eck was a converted starter, won a Cy Young as a closer, was a part of one of the most dominant teams of his era, is among the all time leaders in saves, and had some of the most dominant seasons we have ever seen from a relief pitcher. That’s Hal Wagner. He should be a HOFer just like Eck.

5. Toby Darnell Darnell simply does not get the kind of credit he deserves. He was a the center of the lineup on some great teams. Primarily playing 2B, he finished at .300 (which is a bigger achievement than it gets credit for in this world), over 2500 hits, nearly 400 home runs, over 1400 runs and RBI, and over 200 stolen bases. Now he played alot of his games at other positions, but go around and find another player who played predominately second base who has those kind of offensive numbers. There might be one or two coming through the pipeline right now, but there are none who are retired. If we did an all time BSA team, Darnell would probably garner consideration for the 2B slot on that team.

6. Robin Drew When I started this article, Robin Drew was on my ballot. I just bumped him when taking a closer look at Darnell, but I still firmly believe that Robin Drew without a doubt is a Hall of Famer. A true ace with 230 wins, a Cy Young, and a career 3.11 ERA and 1.19 WHIP have him among the top pitchers ever in the BSA.

7. Dwayne Richard I don’t know why Richards gets absolutely no love. He was an absolutely dominant ace in his era and a part of perhaps the best 1-2 pitching punch this world has ever seen. He doesn’t have gaudy win totals, but when you dig into his numbers you’ll find he’s one of the greatest of all time.

8. Omar Rhodes Rhodes someone always ends up just on the outside looking in on my ballot. It’s probably because he was a 1B and never won an MVP, but Rhodes should be in the Hall. I just don’t think he was as great as the players I have above him.

9.. Luis Canseco I’m somewhat surprised that Canseco hasn’t had more people talk about voting for him. He was one of the premier hitters in the NL for a long time, garnered silver sluggers at 2 different spots, was in 7 all star games, won two world series rings, had over 2400 hits, nearly 400 homers, over 1400 runs and RBI, and hit over .300 for his career. At some point, we have to break the mold of only voting in guys with gaudy power numbers and start to take a closer look at these guys who were just great hitters but didn’t pop out 50 home runs seasons every year.

10. Edwin Sauveur I really like Sauveur, but I think his numbers should be better for making a living in Tacoma for so long. When you look at numbers like his WHIP and ERA, I think you see why he falls distinctly behind guys like Drew and Richard.

11. Felix Sexton I disregard the fact that Sexton wasn’t a “true” shortstop, but that’s probably because I don’t even consider the silver slugger award. His career stats do merit his consideration, but when I look back and I think about him, I don’t really think of Sexton as a great player. His numbers are good for a shortstop, but they have to be better than that to overcome some fo the true sluggers and aces that are ahead of him for me.

12. Tony Bonilla Bonilla is ahed of Herndon because he is a true catcher. He has all the numbers a catcher should have to get into the Hall of Fame, but I doubt he ever gets close because his numbers just aren’t gaudy enough to merit the kind of attention you need to get in.

13. Claude Herndon Herndon is one of the best hitting catchers of all time. Now sometimes I think he tried to field with a bat in his hand, but man could he hit the long ball. He moved around some late in his career, but he was a very good power hitter who achieved that elusive 500 home run mark. If a catcher hit 500 home runs in real life, he’d be a no brainer for the HOF.

14. Bill Grove Grove probably deserves to get in because quality 3B are hard to come by. He’s really got alot of good things on hsi resume, but I just don’t think he has those one or two things that leap off the page at you to get you to really push for him.

Guys who I know will never get in but I still think belong

Sterling Mercker From the early eras of the BSA, he’s still top 5 in batting average. He would have had gaudy hit numbers with a full career.

Emil Wilkinson Wilkinson never really played full time so that black mark will keep him from getting support. Personally I think it shouldn’t be expected for catchers to get the same kind of ABs as other positions. Wilkinson has the only .400 season in BSA history and still stands among the leaders in batting average and OBP

Miguel Tejada He never really got much of a following during his career as he played for some pretty bad teams, but this guy was just a pure hitter. I always thought of him like a Manny Ramirez. He’d have more of a shot than some guys on this list, but he just never got any awards so I don’t think he’ll get a second glance.

Al Lunar I’m completely biased and would never actually vote for him, but Lunar was one of the best hitters in the BSA early on. He’s the guy that I say to myself “If I only had him now for his whole career…” Just a pure hitter, but we have really screwed over the guys from the early years who should get more consideration than they do in my opinion.

Joel Simmons We got him close during a few years with thinner ballots, but Simons has slipped down the all time list as newer pitchers put up bigger numbers. I’d still put him in my Hall, but even I would take some time to think about it.

All Time Leaders

Hits
1. Luther Aldred 3031
2. Alfonzo Cruz 3004
3. Ugueth Moya 2830
4. Orlando Lee 2736
5. Alan Vickers 2643

Home Runs
1. Alfonzo Cruz 811
2. Dan Thompson 749
3. Ugueth Moya 686
4. Jerome Duran 633
5. Ivan Mantalban 602

OPS
1. Rusty Laker 1.021
2. Dan Thompson 1.020
3. Ugueth Moya .989
4. Matty Bennet .984
5. Emil Wilkinson .975

Wins
1. Fernando Neruda 352
2. Geronimo Flores 310
3. Esteban Cubillan 275
4. Frank Dehart 263
5. Shawn Radlosky 257

Strikeouts
1. Fernando Neruda 5038
2. Geronimo Flores 3866
3. Frank Dehart 3356
4. Esteban Cubillan 2955
5. Shawn Radlosky 2871

Saves
1. Jesus Torrealba 694
2. Hal Wagner 636
3. Charles Hall 575
4. Cole Alexander 488
5. Augie Martin 478