For reference, here are my posts in the Case For Cooperstown Series:
Anyway, I just wanted to put a bow on these posts before putting this series on the shelf for a bit.
If you don’t feel like clicking through, here’s the bullet points for why each guy should be in:
Posada: The best hitting catcher not named “Piazza” of the last 20 years
Mussina: A great pitcher in a tough division in a tough era
Raines: A truly underrated player who was very valuable for a long period of time
Blyleven: Underrated, unlucky, durable, and just plain good for a damn long time
Something, however, seems to have escaped me and it was a comment by Morning Star on the Posada thread that made me think of this. I failed to say if I think any of these guys will get into the Hall of Fame. After all, I’m about a lifetime short of a HOF vote, so my opinion is just that: an opinion (but, I have a blog so that means my opinion > your opinion..I’m just kidding…but seriously). So, what do I think will ultimately happen to these guys? Well, obviously, once those HOF voters read these posts they’ll vote yes…
I’ll list the candidates in order of likeliness of induction:
1. Blyelven: He’s knocking on the proverbial door and the voters have been turning his way during the last few years. He should finally get in during the next vote, and I’ll most definitely be there for the induction.
2. Mussina: Though he’s a pitcher and they haven’t had much luck getting in lately, I think Mussina will eventually get in. It may not be on the first ballot, but he’s going to get in at some point.
3. Posada: I think since he’s played in the right time—a time of advanced statistical analysis, a time when his team kicked some serious behind–he’s got a better chance of going in than Raines does. Despite all that, I don’t think Posada will get in. He’ll get a look, but probably not a long enough look.
4. Raines: Maybe he didn’t do it for long enough, maybe his stats aren’t gaudy enough, but I don’t see Raines getting in despite the fact that he’s definitely deserving.
So, that’s that for now. In a little bit, I could work up a few more of these. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and I hope I’ve swayed you into thinking the Hall should eventually be four players bigger.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
- related web site on The Great Subway Race
- get your lover back on Contact Us
- Dorothy Silvan on Pineda’s Torn Labrum, or Does the lemon law apply to baseball?
- tao of badass on Open Thread | Game 3 | Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees | Sunday, April 3, 2011
- tube launch review on Why Has Attendance Fallen Year-To-Year?
- Evon Znidarsic on Teixeira MRI Update, Babe Ruth Pitching In Pinstripes, And Jeter’s Gift Baskets
- Sacramento PC Repair on Yanks finally sign non-Yankee free agent in Russell Martin
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees