Happy Hour: Hall of Fame Edition

So, Bert Byleven finally got into the hall of fame.  Stat geeks and Minnesota Twins fans everywhere are very happy about that.

I’ll admit, I’m one of those happy Twins fans.  Partially because I do believe Bert deserves to be in the Hall, but mostly because now he’ll shut up about it.  Should make watching Twins broadcasts that much more enjoyable this year (even though I’ll still catch most games on the radio).

As usually happens, the debate quickly turned to who did not get into the Hall.  The names that popped up first were Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire and Jack Morris.  I was amazed that Bagwell only for 42% of the vote.  To me, he is one of the players that passes that initial smell test.  Joe Posnanski seems to agree.

McGwire…yeah..I think he should be in.  He’s got the stats, but the are possibly steroid aided.  Of course, it was not against baseball rules at the time, so…yeah.

Now Jack Morris.  Yep, he was a stud.  Yep, he pitched in one of the most memorable Game 7s of all time.  His ERA would be 3.90 and wins are 254 (overrated stat, I know).  For me, he falls into the mythical Hall of Very Good.

Let the arguments continue in the comments!

And now, in sporting events tonight (Of course, in CST)

NHL

Carolina at NY Rangers 6:00 PM

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM

Atlanta at Florida 6:30 PM

Dallas at Chicago 7:30 PM

Calgary at Vancouver 9:00 PM

Nashville at Anaheim 9:00PM

NBA

Toronto at Cleveland 6:00 PM

Chicago at New Jersey 6:00 PM

Milwaukee at Orlando 6:00 PM

Washington at Philadelphia 6:00 PM

San Antonio at Boston 6:30 PM

Golden State at New Orleans 7:00 PM

Charlotte at Minnesota 7:00 PM

Portland at Houston 7:30 PM

Atlanta at Utah 8:00 PM

Denver at LA Clippers 9:30 PM

LA Lakers at Phoenix 9:30 (ESPN)


  • Johnny

    I’m a really random traveler and decided to go to Paris for a weekend next month…

  • knightwhosaysni

    ditto to what Johnny said. I’m going to China in June

  • knightwhosaysni

    Bagwell reminds me of Chipper Jones. So… no and no.

  • ThatsSoTaguchi

    His ERA would be 3.90

    The highest that would ever reach the Hall.

    I was amazed that Bagwell only for 42% of the vote. To me, he is one of the players that passes that initial smell test

    I am still baffled that Spencer appears to believe that Bagwell was just your average power first baseman.

  • ThatsSoTaguchi

    I hate Chipper. He’s a Hall of Fame player though.

  • HawkEye

    I’m going to Vegas on the 15th. Does that count?

  • http://spartyandfriends.com Dave K

    I’m going to Winston-Salem on Friday.

  • Johnny

    ditto to what Johnny said. I’m going to China in June

    Awesome. Traveling really is the one aspect of my life where I’m spontaneous and I’m not quite sure why

  • knightwhosaysni

    I’m going to Vegas on the 15th. Does that count?
    .

    if you go to the paris hotel, yes.

  • knightwhosaysni

    I can tell you why Johnny. It’s something we have in common.

    Single. No kids.

  • cabbage

    Johnny, CDG might be the most disorganized airport in the world. Paris is a fun, but very expensive city. I highly recommend Air France, as their business class seats are wider and more comfortable than most other airlines going to Europe.

  • Johnny

    WTF. It’s 4-0 pens in the first 10 minutes…

  • HawkEye

    North carolina again? Why this time?

  • cycledan

    I am travelling to Barcelona for work next month. Travelling for work is never that much fun but at least I get to charge everything to the company.

  • cycledan

    BTW, Titans getting rid of Vince Young. Guess he never matured enough for them. I wonder where he is going next year.

  • Johnny

    I can tell you why Johnny. It’s something we have in common.

    Single. No kids.

    That’s probably exactly it. Thanks cabbage. I already booked on United so I’ll have to remember that for next time (yay to cheap flights and award milage)

  • knightwhosaysni

    Ryne Smith is obliterating Penn State.

  • Trey

    doran Grant to Ohio State

  • Johnny

    FUCK!!! It looks like Penn State defensive coordinator is the new Pitt coach…

  • john

    The Hall of Very Good strikes again.

  • knightwhosaysni

    john gets it

  • Johnny

    Oh hush you’re the guy who doesn’t want Robbie Alomar in

  • Johnny
  • knightro

    Just left UCF-Marshall game. We prevailed to open cusa play but an ugly game by both. I’ll take the win though.

  • BigD

    So with VY out of Nashville… Fisher’s staying put, right?

  • HawkEye

    So with VY out of Nashville… Fisher’s staying put, right?

    Don’t know if I’d bet on that one.

  • http://spartyandfriends.com Dave K

    Ugh. we will never make the next step if we can’t steal a big time recruit from Ohio State and whoever else. mothercracker.

  • HawkEye

    mothercracker

    “mothercracker”? New years resolution?

  • Fiesta Trio

    Sorry Guys, married with 3 kids beats bachelor any day. Plenty of nice travel in North America (excluding Mexico).

  • cabbage

    kids>everything

  • cabbage

    Johnny, United 767s have great seats in business class, the 777s are just OK.

  • jen

    I just had a client have TWO bags lost on the way to Italy via Air France AND her replacement bag on the trip home.

  • cabbage

    Never lost a bag at CDG, but have had them arrive a day late more than once. The food, wine, and seat size make up for the inconvenience IMO.