The names on the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot were released, and the one new name of local interest is former White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. Which led to this gem:
If Phildo has blocked you, he basically said Konerko is unfairly rated by WAR, and he’s the same basic hitter as Edgar Martinez.
This is, as we experts say, dumb.
While there’s no denying Konerko’s importance to the White Sox, his career OPS is almost 100 points lower than Martinez. There’s simply no comparison. And if you want to know how the Hall treats first basemen who were good but not great, although popular and indispensable to a team during a successful era, give your Uncle Paulie from Brooklyn a call. Or just wait about 15 years and talk to Cub fans about why Anthony Rizzo isn’t in.
The other point of interest is that voters are starting to soften toward players of the Steroid Era. It’s never been an easy call, but as our FRENT BROO SMILES pointed out in his Athletic debut (I’m not linking due to it being a pay site), Bud Selig is in the Hall, having benefited from steroid use in MLB, so the players should as well.
The argument that cheaters shouldn’t go in has always been a little flimsy, given the fact Whitey Ford, Gaylord Perry and Don Sutton are all in despite being notorious for doctoring balls when they pitched.
Besides, there’s an air of inevitability about suspected steroid users being elected, as David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, both of whom got caught, will most likely go in.
Also this week, there’s been a little more buzz surrounding Japanese free agent Shogo Akiyama, who has been linked to the Cubs. There have been a couple reports stating he’s going to get in the neighborhood of three years at $5 million a year. That’s an extremely affordable neighborhood for a center fielder/leadoff man.
Finally, there’s this beauty. From a local standpoint, the proposal is Kyle Schwarber for Miguel Andujar, a all hit/no field 3B coming off labrum repair surgery to his throwing shoulder. Schwarber’s not even the worst idea in the article. He also has a proposal where Andujar goes to the Angels for Jo Adell, who is one of the best prospects in baseball. If Adell is going anywhere in exchange for a third baseman this winter, there will be a lot of #17 jerseys on the markdown racks around Wrigley Field. But I’ll say this…if, as his article suggests, Max Fried is available, Rick Hahn should certainly give the Braves a call.
Fro is the worst.