Archive for January 9th, 2013

Dear 31.8% of the Base Ball Writers Association of America…

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Please take this opportunity to think about everything you know about baseball. Because you are fundamentally wrong about what constitutes a Hall of Fame player, and you should consider moving on to another line of work. Please leave word with the office that you no longer wish to vote on this Hall of Fame matter, as you can’t be trusted with the decision.
The only excuse for not voting for Craig Biggio that I can imagine accepting is that you had 10 hold-over candidates, and you don’t want to stop voting for any of them until they get in. (For those of you unfamiliar with the voting process, writers are only allowed to vote for 10 players on the ballot, and since players can only be on the ballot 15 years, it might make sense to support hold-overs at the expense of first ballot people).

I know this year’s ballot might have made you angry, or confused, or it might have filled you with questions about who admitted what and when.  But pull yourself together.  It’s not that difficult.  There’s a guy on the ballot who just went out and played 20 years of baseball for one team, only missed part of one season due to an injury, and GOT HIT BY 285 PITCHES.  I may have written about some of them.  285 plunks was just over 1% of all the HBPs that any major league player took from 1988 to 2007.  For every 99 times another player in the league got hit during those years, Biggio got hit once.

Next year, try harder, or try something else.

The most plunked batters born on January 9th

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

(no change from last year)
25 hbp – Stan Javier, born 01/09/1964, 1178th all time, played from 1984 to 2001
16 hbp – Ivan DeJesus, born 01/09/1953, 1758th all time, played from 1974 to 1988
10 hbp – Jack Bliss, born 01/09/1882, 2472nd all time, played from 1908 to 1912
5 hbp – Otis Nixon, born 01/09/1959, 3521st all time, played from 1983 to 1999
4 hbp – Phil Mankowski, born 01/09/1953, 3826th all time, played from 1976 to 1982
4 hbp – Ferrell Anderson, born 01/09/1918, 3826th all time, played from 1946 to 1953

active leader:
3 hbp – Brandon Boggs (maybe. if he’s in the majors in 2013.), born 01/09/1983, 4235th all time, played from 2008 to 2011