Well another year has gone by and another year the Baseball Writers' Association of America has disappointment me as a fan of the game. Yes Greg Maddox, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas deserve to be elected into to Hall of Fame, there is no question of that. But where the 571 Baseball Writers' have it all wrong is they have decided to be the judge and jury for players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire. This morning I was listening to MLB on XM and they were doing around the diamond and I heard one of the voting members talk about the innocent until proven guilty argument for these guy and he said, well that is the US judicial system, we don't have to adhere to that. I find this completely disgusting. Every one deserves the benefit of the doubt until that doubt is taken away. These sportswriters are depriving me, a baseball fan of over 30 years the opportunity of seeing the some of the great players I grew up watching enshrined into the Hall of Fame. First, Barry Bonds...Bonds was one of the most feared, if not the most feared hitters of the 90's and 00's. He was probably the best player to walk on a diamond in the last 50 years!
Watching him chase Hank Aaron was truly amazing to watch as a fan. I was rooting for him to do it. In fact, I was one of the few who would give him a standing ovation at Citizens Bank Park after he homered. I knew watching him was special and I enjoyed every minute of it. What really grinds my gears is that the Baseball Writers had no problem voting him a 7 time NL MVP. So despite the allegations during his playing days, these same arrogant morons voted for Bonds, but when it comes time to elect the Home Run King, he only get's 34.7% of the vote. Look at Bonds' accomplishments (courtesy of Wikipedia): Records held
Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
Home runs (career) (762)
Home runs against different pitchers (449)
Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001
Consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher (8), 1998–2005
On-base percentage in a single season (.609), 2004
Walks in a single season (232), 2004
Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004
Consecutive games with a walk (18)
MVP awards (7—closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992–93, 2001–04
Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001–04
National League Player of the Month selections (13—2nd place: 8 – Frank Thomas; 2nd place (N.L.) – George Foster, Pete Rose and Dale Murphy)
Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002
Consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)
Consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)
Tied with his father, Bobby, for most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5) and are the only father-son members of the 30–30 club
Home runs in a single post-season (8), 2002
7-time Baseball America NL All-Star (1993, 1998, 2000–04)
3-Time Major League Player of the Year (1990, 2001, 2004)
3-Time Baseball America MLB Player of the Year (2001, 2003–04)
8-Time Gold Glove winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–98).
12-Time Silver Slugger winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–97, 2000–04)
14-time All-Star (1990, 1992–98, 2000–04, 2007)
Looking at the accomplishments of Barry Bonds, how do you NOT vote him into the Hall of Fame! Tomorrow, I will give my case for another notable Hall of Fame Snub...Mark McGwire!
Please feel free comment below with your opinions on Barry Bonds. I would love to hear from you. Thank you for reading.
In my last post, I focused on a salary comparison between the 2008 and 2014 Phillies. With pitchers and catchers reporting to Clearwater in 37 days, it begins to raise questions about what remains in the free agent period. Keep in mind, the Phillies have already spent $140.5 million on ten players through this date (i.e., Howard, Lee, Hamels, Utley, Papelbon, Rollins, Ruiz, Byrd, Adams, and Hernandez)*. Additional players that have been newly signed and will be on roster or are returning and are guaranteed to be on the opening day roster, per Ruben Amaro, Jr., include:
> Miguel Gonzalez (SP) = $4.0 million
> Wil Nieves (C) = $1.125 million
> Brad Lincoln (RP) = $500,000.
> Domonic Brown (LF) = $500,000.
> Cody Asche (Util) = $500,000. Brings overall team salary to $147.125 for 15 players The Phillies also have five arbitration-eligible players** including:
> Kyle Kendrick (SP) = $6.7 million
> Antonio Bastardo (RP) = $2.0 million
> John Mayberry (Util) = $1.7 million
> Ben Revere (CF) = $1.5 million
> Kevin Frandsen (Util) = $1.3 million
Would bring overall team salary to $160.325 for 20 players
So, as much as a number of Philly hopefuls are wondering, it doesn't seem an attempt at Masahiro Tanaka will unfold. Granted, the Phillies could use a boost in the rotation. However, if we consider the following scenario, we begin to understand Ruben's thinking heading into the season. Here is a breakdown of other cost considerations and other players that will make the roster as the season progresses resulting in their salary being added to the overall payroll:
> player bonuses (e.g., All Star, incentives, etc.) = $2 million
> payroll flexibility for mid-season pick-ups = $6 million
> Jake Diekman (RP) = $500,000.
> Jonathan Pettibone (SP) = $500,000.
> Michael Stutes (RP) = $500,000.
> Freddy Galvis (Util) = $500,000.
> Darin Ruf (Util) = $500,000.
Would bring overall team salary to $170.825 million for 25 players and normal season costs
At this point in the offseason, the only certainty is that Ruben
has not completed all of his roster moves. Traditionally, RAJ likes to make a
few minor moves at the end of this month, but only a Magic 8 ball could tell
you what specifically the management is thinking. Could Ruben Amaro, Jr. make a
push to sign Tanaka without going over the salary cap? Yes, based on
an anticipated annual salary of $17 million per season. Would signing Tanaka
put the Phillies over the salary cap? It is decidedly so. And based
on the adopted Boston Red Sox management logic (i.e., short-term contracts and
a budget that does not flirt with the salary cap), Amaro and Montgomery have
been preaching, it almost is a guarantee the only remaining moves to be made
are minor ones. In fact, I'm speculating that where there is smoke there is
fire, and the rumors related to a reunion with former closer Ryan Madson will
lead to an incentive laden deal and a return to the Phillies bullpen. If Madson
is healthy, then Papelbon will once again be dangled at the trade deadline.
Simply put, Ruben has considered clearing payroll via trade, but it simply has not
played out. So for the time being, be content with supporting player type transactions, keep your
fingers crossed that players are still interested in playing in Philadelphia,
and hope for addition by subtraction that will clear up some payroll issues
that Ruben has created since taking the helm in November 2008.