National Baseball Hall of Fame

Bill King
If you’ve ever listened to sports in the East Bay then you likely know the voice of legendary broadcaster, Bill King, who is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. His name is synonymous with Bay Area sports. A rare three sport broadcaster, King called Championships for the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors and the Oakland A’s. Wednesday his name was finally, and it had been a long time coming, announced as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions” to the game of baseball. King passed away in 2005 and is receiving this award […]

Holy Toledo! Bill King is headed to the Hall!

The Kid, polls, Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. aka  The Kid and Mike Piazza are elected into the Hall of Fame The 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of American, will consist of center fielder Ken Griffey Jr and one of the game’s greatest catchers, Mike Piazza. “The Kid” as Junior was usually called was an icon in Washington playing for the Seattle Mariners for the first 11 seasons of his career. I remember during the 1995 playoffs I actually rooted for Seattle because I had a total crush (at 14) on the kid […]

“The Kid” goes into the HOF in record-breaking style

shoeless joe jackson
Update: September 1, 2015 6:45 am PT It’s unfortunate, at least in my opinion, but “Shoeless” Joe Jackson will not be reinstated into Major League Baseball, despite the efforts of the curator of the Greenville, South Carolina museum dedicated to the memory of the famed ballplayer. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the petition sent by curator Arlene Marcley in a letter that was retweeted by LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin. Manfred’s letter declining to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, courtesy of @HOVG: — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2015 Part of Manfred’s letter reads, “I have reviewed our records […]

Update: Manfred denies latest attempt to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

baseball history
On this day in 1977 in MLB history, my all-time favorite player (that’s played in my lifetime), Dennis Eckersley, pitched a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians who defeated the California Angels and pitcher Frank Tanana by a score of 1-0.  As you all probably know Eck went on to become one of the greatest closers of all-time with the Oakland Athletics but he started his career as a starter and threw a no-hitter for Cleveland on May 30, 1977. He is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Now my trivia question for you is this …..  Who was […]

On this day in MLB history 1977 … Can you ...

Some people call him a one-dimensional player. Some say he’s one of the greatest hitters the game’s ever seen, in fact the game’s greatest relief pitcher Mariano Rivera would’ve said it. Actually he did. After retiring from baseball after the 2013 regular season, baseball’s all-time saves leader was interviewed by Charlie Rose. When asked if there was ever a batter he was afraid to face Rivera, who had always maintained that he was never afraid on the mound (with that devestating cutter who would be?), said, “I will put it like this: The only guy that I didn’t want to face, […]

Edgar Martinez: More than “just a DH” (a case for ...

Nomar Garciaparra was one of an era of great shortstops. Also playing shortstop in the league at the time were the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Miguel Tejada and each were excelling at their position. Garciaparra had a lot of competition and still exceeded everyone’s expectations. Nomar is best known for his time with the Boston Red Sox. He made his major league debut in 1996 against the Oakland Athletics which coincidentally is the team he ended his career with. During his rookie season in 1997, Nomar hit 30 homers, set a Red Sox rookie record with 209 […]

The case for Nomar Garciaparra’s induction to the HOF

Craig Biggio, who spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Houston Astros, should already in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He should have been inducted in his first year of eligibility but that’s over and done now. Still there is no reason for him not to be inducted as part of the class of 2015. For starters, he is only one of three members of the 3,000 hit club to have yet to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The other three? Well, there is Pete Rose who has been banned from baseball for life and is […]

The curious case of Craig Biggio and the Hall of ...