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Scott returns after a sixteen-month absence to bring listeners his 2015 hall of fame ballot. First, he allows his new co=hosts Kaleb and Korban introduce themselves. Kaleb and Korban are both millenials sitting in to share insights and learn from the lectures, but Korban takes a run at a Hall of Fame Ballot.
Scott then lists off his top-ten hall of fame-worthy players on the 2015 ballot. He initially complains about the 2013 no-winners fiasco, and then again complains about Craig Biggio missing induction in 2014 by 2 votes. Scott makes the argument that there are more than ten qualified potential Hall of Fame entrants, and calls for the Baseball Writers Association of America to do away with the maximum entry of ten.
Please bear with us as we re-start the podcast. i hope you like the new format, and we’ll be back next week to discuss a legendary player. Like the Baseball Experience podcast on Facebook, and follow @scotteiland on twitter. Also check out our sister podcast, Gaming at a Glance
Jack Morris‘s Hall of Fame case has been debated for more than a decade. The erstwhile “ace” of the Tigers, Twins, and Blue Jays sparks many a debate among baseball writers, so I thought it’d be a good idea to dive into the case – pro and con – and see if I could come up with a conclusion. I was all set to record the show Tuesday when breaking news regarding one more manufactured performance enhancing drug scandal hit the news wire, so we’ll discuss that at the end of the show today.
But first, the Hall of Fame case of Jack Morris.
David Schoenfeld of ESPN presented an excellent breakdown of the case for Morris on the ESPN Sweet Spot blog that states, essentially, you’re relying on one game.
The case for Morris:
1. He was an innings eater, a workhorse, and didn’t get hurt. This was during a time when there weren’t many guys who could throw 240+ innings consistently.
2. He was an icon of the 1980s. Complete with Tom Selleck-like mustache, Jack looked like the lead character of a detective series. He won the most games in the 1980s and often stayed in the game an inning or two longer when the situation called for it, allowing his admittedly unspectacular ERA to have some context to it– maybe he wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire, but he was an invaluable asset to his team, giving the bullpen a night off when he could. Nobody will pitch as many innings as he did per year again, and even though the 1980s is an “arbitrary end point,” he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because of the pressure he took off of his manager (Sparky Anderson, a Hall of Famer without question).
3. GAME SEVEN, 1991. Morris pitched ten shutout innings to lead his Twins over the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, to give the Twins a rare World Series title in that eyesore of eyesores, the Hubert H Humphery Metrodome.
The case against Morris:
1. If elected, he would have the highest ERA of any pitcher in the Hall, a full tenth of a run behind Red Ruffing.
2. He never came close to winning a Cy Young Award – he came in third twice.
3. He was never considered the best pitcher in the league.
4. There are a few pitchers in Morris’s era who were better than him (Rick Reuschel, Dave Stieb, Luis Tiant, Bret Saberhagen)
Ultimately, I’m a small-Hall guy. So what’s a man to do? Listen to the show for my verdict.
It’s fair to say that the grind of following the happenings of a depressing Astros baseball season wore me down in 2012. On top of that, my spare time was consumed with a new venture – a foray into professional wrestling – that continues to dominate my time. So the stretch run, the collapse of the Texas Rangers, the flameout of the Yankees, and the consistently excellent pitching of the San Francisco Giants in 2012 never made it to my air.
But I still love baseball.
SO what do we do? I still have an audience that has probably given up on me, and a love and passion for the game of baseball that continues to this day. SO what do I do? And the answer hit me :
I need to create content that is independent of events, that may allude to them but that can be consumed any time. My show needs to focus on an area of the game that is being RUINED by the legacy media and people treating their Hall of Fame votes like garbage (turning in a blank ballot) or as if they’re the moral arbiters of history (refusing to vote for Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, or Roger Clemens because of PED usage)
Therefore, I am returning to a weekly schedule, and doing what I love: talking about baseball players of yesteryear and arguing for players I believe belong in the Hall of Fame. Each show will feature one player, and I’ll go through the stories of the player’s career, include audio clips where possible, and make my argument.
The writers and the curmudgeons are destroying the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. I am relaunching the Baseball Experience podcast to combat this.
The biggest and most egregious miscarriage of justice in Hall of Fame history, in my opinion, is the exclusion of the all-time hits leader from the Hall of Fame. Let’s talk about Pete Rose.
1963 Rookie of the Year
An extremely rich man’s Tony Phillips; Rose played all three outfield positions, second base, third base, and first base.
All time hits leader (4256) leads also in games played, at bats,
Big Red Machine leader
led 1980 Phillies to first World Series win in franchise history
On the show, I make the argument that Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and his plaque can disclose the mistakes he made and the damage he almost caused the game by betting on it.