Probably. Even so, I think it's worked out ok for him. All his accomplishments are there in the Hall. And everybody talks about him all the time because of this. This issue seems to come up on Orioles Hangout, a site and team with no connection to him at all, weekly to monthly. How often does anybody talk about Tom Seaver, a guy with over 100 WAR, who Rose probably would have joined as a first ballot inductee in 1992?
I don't know the man, but from what I see of him I kind of think he likes his unique position, keeping his name in the news, rather than being just another one of 300 or so Hall of Famers. At least, he's probably good with it in a way someone else less focused on self-promotion wouldn't be. It sure hasn't seemed to hurt his autograph sales.
Wow, Eric. Thanks for the insight. You really changed the way I think of Diaz. I was thinking of him as a more mobile guy with a good arm. I would not have thought of him as a Melky Cabrera type. Nice description.
We are the worst team. May not finish that way but the Orioles didnt even really try to add appreciable major league talent this offseason (not even when it could be had for cheap) outside of iglesias. They got worse by trading Bundy and releasing Villar. I predict they will trade Givens either before the season or early in it. I think Hanser turns back into an egg. They have no starters. Alex Cobb has one good season since 2014. They have no incentive this year to bring up any appreciable talent.
Boston is still good without Mookie. The yankees are in a "buy a championship" year. The Ray's made very good offseason moves. And Toronto has a trio of INF prospects about ready to play their first full season together. I would put the Orioles over under for division wins at 18 and I think that may be generous. (24 last year).