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  1. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    Staub played in a much worse offensive context. His OPS+ is higher than Baines', 124-121. He might have been below average defensively, but Baines played two innings of defense the last nine years of his career. bb-ref's comps aren't context adjusted. Perez is a very marginal HOFer, and he played in the 60s and 70s when runs were far more scarce than in Baines' time. The others were similar. Dawson was a Gold Glove center fielder who hit as well as Baines and still took nine years to get in. Baines played through the 90s when offenses exploded in ways we hadn't seen since the 1930s, while he was being rested against most lefties. Those comps are fine until you realize they're all guys who played defense, and batted in pitcher-friendly eras.
  2. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    If the Hall had simply come up with some basic selection rules in 1936 and updated them as the pool of qualified voters expanded over time the place would be dramatically less arbitrary. It never was pre-ordained to be chaos. That was lack of planning.
  3. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    They're hugely inconsistent with Baines. There are a ton of players similar to Perez, Baines, Dawson, and Winfield who aren't in the Hall. And Perez, Dawson, and Winfield played defense. Dawson was no shoo-in to Cooperstown, and he was about as good a hitter as Baines while spending half his career as a center fielder. You still haven't chimed in on why Baines but not Rusty Staub. They're pretty much the same player, except Staub was better defensively. And nobody argues for Staub's induction.
  4. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    I know exactly how the process works, or more accurately doesn't work. The writers are often shockingly unqualfied to vote on the Hall, both intellectually and tempermentally. But at least they get 10-15 years to mull over their thoughts and the prevailing views of the players in question. The committees get together and free-associate names they like. Yes, the various committes have often been put in place to fix oversights from the BBWAA. And mostly they've failed, often spectacularly. The smaller groups comprising the committees have been little better qualified and tremendously more biased. There are probably two dozen players in the Hall simply because some guy on some committee thought he was awesome, even if that was completely at odds with the consensus on that player. The BBWAA, although poorly chosen and following a comical process, mostly gets things right. Not always, clearly. And that percentage has been plummeting recently. But certianly a higher percentage of the time than the committees. At this point I think the only real solution is to change the selection criteria to "players who had some kind of positive impact to baseball at some point in history." At least that matches up with the results, and we can stop making odd faces when decent players go in and borderline great ones sit on the sidelines.
  5. DrungoHazewood

    Hyde: New O’s Manager

    It was fun to not lose all the time for five years. We'd had enough losing the previous 14 years. Hopefully 2022-27 will be just as good, with at little better luck in October. I think people forget, or maybe just don't care, that Buck was all in on Baltimore in a time when multiple people were turning down top positions on the O's for assistant jobs elsewhere.
  6. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    I don't like wild inconsistency. I don't like random groups of old people bestowing high honors on their buddies while excluding more deserving players. And I'm well aware of the eligibility of various players. I'm happy for Harold Baines, he seems like a good guy. But there are a lot of good guys, and some of them could play the field and got a little black ink, too. Don't you think it's a little weird that there's a process in which Harold Baines was overwhelmingly rejected by the writers, but he gets a do-over and goes in anyway? Baines top year on the writer's ballot he finish 15th, well behind Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, and the steroid-tained Mark McGwire. The next year he dropped off the ballot after finishing behind Juan Gonzales (an indignity I'm sorry he had to live through). On that same ballot he finished 10 places and about 160 votes behind Edgar Martinez.
  7. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    The only precedence Baines sets is the Hall reestablishing that they'll put whomever the heck they want in. They've read all this stuff about Bobby Grich and Todd Helton and Scott Rolen being twice as good as Harold Baines, and they couldn't care less, that's all fake.
  8. DrungoHazewood

    Hyde: New O’s Manager

    That's exactly right. Why would you pay into a declining free agent, siphoning off dollars that could go to development, so that just when you're going to get good he's likely to be in steep decline? You buy free agents to push you over the top in a rebuild. You don't buy $180M players so that you can win 75 instead of 70 during the rebuild. Not unless you have way more money than you know what do with, and in that case you're not really rebuilding at all. From 2012-on Teixeira had one very good year, one okay year, and three miserable years. And in '12 the O's got Teixeira-like production from both Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis for a fraction of the cost.
  9. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    I think you have to look at DHs in the context of their whole careers. Here's a comprehensive list of everyone who ever DH'd in 80% of their games, min 100 PAs total: 1. David Ortiz 2. Travis Hafner 3. Randy Ruiz
  10. DrungoHazewood

    Hyde: New O’s Manager

    All big free agents are an overpay when you have a 68-win baseline and a farm system made out of Play Dough and bailing wire. Why on earth would you pay $8.5M for each of wins 69-73?
  11. DrungoHazewood

    Will Hyde Bring Any Cubs Coaches/Free Agents With Him?

    If you never get anyone thrown out at home you're not doing it right.
  12. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    The issue with lists by position is that baseball assigns position based on skill level. DH is the lowest in that hierarchy. You DH when you've tried and failed in the other eight spots. Also, very few want to DH so there are very few career DHs. Add in that there has only been a DH since 1973 and you get a very, very short list. DH is certainly the only position where the #10 guy is unambiguously NOT a Hall of Famer by any criteria. There are only nine players in all of history who've DH'd 1000 games. There are 122 players who've caught 1000+ games. There are 16 pitchers who've pitched 1000+ games. 113 players have played 1000 games in center field. 143 at first. The player pool among career DHs is about 3mm deep. If Edgar, Ortiz, Thomas, Thome, Baines and Molitor go in that's six, and there are only nine 1000 game DHs! If you put 66% of the 1000 game catchers in the Hall we'd have 80 HOF catchers.
  13. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    That's exactly what Rusty Staub said.
  14. DrungoHazewood

    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    A few anomalies? I'm guessing that 40% of the Hall wasn't as good as Sal Bando. And it'll only get worse as the writers won't vote in half the stars of the last 30 years, while the new Vet's Committee is putting in all their buddies.
  15. Plans like "Dude, we could totally build a stadium" or plans like they actually have land and drawings and financing lined up?