Talking About HoF for MLB Players Under the Age of 28? Really?

Today on ESPN Boston, Joe McDonald wrote an article contemplating Dustin Pedroia’s chances of reaching the Hall of Fame.

Anyone else think this is a decade too soon?

McDonald does temper the article by saying,” Obviously, Pedroia has a long way to go before he can even be mentioned in the same breath as the Hall of Fame.” But nevertheless, he goes on to compare Pedroia’s stats through his first five full seasons with Roberto Alomar, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Alomar and Pedroia’s stats are similar in their first five seasons, but that’s not the point. Pedroia is a great player right now. Ten more years of playing at this level will put him in Cooperstown but that’s a long way to go and not a topic of today. What should be a topic is his 21-game hitting streak and the ease at which the Red Sox are winning ball games these days.

McDonald closes by saying:

Maybe we are witnessing a future Hall of Famer in Pedroia.

Well, whether we are or are we aren’t won’t be known for quite a while. Let’s just enjoy it while we can.

Wait. There’s more nonsensical Hall of Fame characterizations from ESPN today! Continue reading “Talking About HoF for MLB Players Under the Age of 28? Really?”

Let Pete Rose In Cooperstown

Pete Rose is one of the greatest players to ever play Major League Baseball. He is the all-time leader in hits with 4256. Think about that. 3000 hits is considered a major milestone for a player. Only 27 players have 3000+ hits. Rose has over FOUR THOUSAND hits. Ty Cobb is second, Hank Aaron third, Stan Musial fourth, Tris Speaker fifth, Carl Yastrzemski sixth, Cap Anson seventh, Honus Wagner eighth, Paul Molitor ninth, and Eddie Collins is tenth. That list of names is absolutely astounding. Everyone other one of those guys is in the Hall of Fame. There is no doubt that Pete Rose’s stats are Hall of Fame worthy. The doubt lies in his actions off the field.

Many people try to compare Pete Rose betting on baseball to steroids and that if Rose is inducted into the Hall-of-Fame then Barry Bonds should be as well. However, there is a huge difference between Rose’s actions and Bonds’s. First off, Rose never bet on games he played in. He never threw games and his betting never affected the outcome of games. His conduct certainly violated MLB rules and his lies afterwards hurt his legacy dearly, but Rose never compromised the integrity of the game. That cannot be understated. Continue reading “Let Pete Rose In Cooperstown”

Daily Sports Roundup 1/8/08

After a lot of news yesterday, today has been much less eventful. Here is a recap of the few stories that made headlines today:

LSU 38, Ohio State 24: The BCS National Championship was eventful though I would not consider it a “close” game. Just like last year’s championship game, Ohio State jumped out on top with a 65-yard touchdown run from Chris “Beanie” Wells to lead 7-0. They added a field goal to that before everything fell apart. After being down 10-3 after the first quarter, the Tigers outscored Ohio State 21-0 in the second quarter to go into half time with a 24-10 lead. Each team added a touchdown in each quarter, but the game was never in doubt. The closest moment came when the Buckeyes had the ball at midfield down 31-17 with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. It was 4th down and Ohio State needed 7 yards for a first down and a chance to get back in the game. Unfortunately, LSU hit Buckeye quarterback Todd Boeckman and knocked the ball loose. LSU gained possession at Ohio State’s 30 yard line and effectively ended the game. LSU played a solid game and deserved to win, but do they deserve to be National Champions? It is impossible to answer that question without a better playoff system. Is Georgia or USC better than LSU? Who knows, but LSU looked a like a championship-caliber team Monday night. I have no problem declaring them the 2008 Champions. Continue reading “Daily Sports Roundup 1/8/08”