Dan Plesac- No, Never
Dan Plesac is on the ballot for the first time. he has a carer record of 65-71, with 158 saves, an ERA of 3.64, and 1,041 strike outs. He made three errors at pitcher. He had a .973 fielding percentage. He played 18 seasons with the Brewers, Cubs, Pirates, Blue Jays, D-Backs, and Phillies. He was with the Blue Jays two different times. Plesac I think is the worst player on the ballot this year, no offense. He doesn’t have 500 saves or even 300 for a matter of fact. He did strike out a pretty good amount of guys. Plesac will get 3% of the vote this year which means he will not be on the ballot next year.
Tim Raines No, Eventually
Tim Raines is up for election for the second year. Raines hit .294, with 170 home runs, drove in 980, had 2,605 hits, scored 1,571 times, stole 808 bases, and was caught stealing 146 times. He played 23 seasons with the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Orioles, and Marlins. In 2000 he did not play. He played with the Expos two different times. He and Andre Dawson could be the last Expos in the hall of fame. Tim Raines was the second best leadoff hitter ever behind Rickey Henderson. Raines will get 30% of the vote this year and will get in with 80% of the vote.
Jim Rice, Yes
Jim Rice is on the ballot for his 15th and final time. He hit .298, with 382 home runs, drove in 1,451, had 2,452 hits, scored 1,249 times, stole 58 bases, and was caught stealing 34 times. He made 66 errors in the outfield. He also had a .980 fielding percentage. Jim Rice played 16 seasons all with the Boston Red Sox. Rice was an eight time all-star, won two silver sluggers, and won the 1978 A.L. MVP. I have this gut feeling that Rice is going barely make it or miss it. Last year Rice missed the hall of fame by sixteen votes, 72.2%. Rice will get 77% this year and finally make it into the hall of fame, where he belongs. Look out Boston a new retired number is coming your way.
David Cone, No, Never
David Cone is up for election for his first time. His carer record is 194-126, with an ERA of 3.46, and 2,668 strike outs. He played 18 seasons with the Royals, Mets, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox. He played with the Mets two different times and the Royals two different times. If Cone does go in he will probably go in as a Met. Cone was traded twice in midseason. After playing with Boston in 2001 he didn’t play again till 2003 with the Mets. Cone won a Cy Young and four World Series. Cone was pretty good but only 194 wins as a starter. Yes, he was a relief pitcher his first few years in the bis but still. he doesn’t have 3,000 strike out or an ERA under 3.00. Cone will get 5% of the votes this year and at his best 25% of the votes.
Andre Dawson, No, Eventually
Andre Dawson is up for election for his eighth year. He hit .279, with 438 home runs, 1,591 RBI’s, had 2,774 hits, stole 314, and was caught stealing 109 times. Dawson had 93 carer errors in the outfield with a rocket for an arm. He played 21 years with the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and Marlins. He will probably go in as the last Expo in the hall of fame. If not an Expo then a Cub. In 1987 he hit 49 home runs, with 137 RBI’s, and 178 hits as a Cub that year. That year he also won MVP. Dawson was so close to 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. Last year he got 65.9% of the vote this year he will get around 70% of the vote. In 2010 he will get in with 76% of the vote.
Ron Gant, No, Never
Ron Gant is up for election for his first time. He hit .256, with 1651 hits, 321 home runs, drove in 1,008, stole 243, and was caught stealing 102 times. Gant played 17 seasons with the Braves, Reds, Cardinals, Phillies, Angels, Rockies, A’s, and Padres. He played with the A’s two different times. Gant was a great hitter before the dirt bike accident where he broke his leg before the 1994 season then he never was his old self again. Gant had back to back 30-30 seasons joining Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds as the only players to do that. Gant will probably get 5% of the votes this year and at his best 15% of the votes.
First- Mike Scioscia got a contract extension to stay as Angels manager till 2018.
Second- Teixeira got introduced as a Yankee today.
Third- Carl Pavano signed with the Indians today.
Forth- Trevor Hoffman could become a Brewer or Dodger. I think he will be a Brewer.
Fifth- Jason Marquis got traded from the Cubs to Rockies for Luis Vizcaino.
Sixth- Jason Giambi is going back to Oakland, unless he fails his physical. Look out for that on the seventh, unless something huge happens.
Seventh- Wow, a lot of news today, J.C. Romero got suspended 50 games for failing a drug test.
Milton Bradley, a switch hitter, signed with the Chicago Cubs yesterday pending a physical on a three year $30 million dollar contract. Bradley hit 22 home runs while having a .321 batting average. He started at D.H. in the all-star game after Big Papi, David Ortiz was voted as the starter but was hurt. It was the first time Bradley had gone to the all-star game. The Cubs could move outfielder Alfonso Soriano to center, then put Bradley in left, and have Reed Johnson as the forth outfielder. I thought Bradley would go to the Seattle Mariners, back around Thanksgiving. Bradley has played nine major league teams the Expos, Indians, Dodgers, A’s, Padres, and Rangers before signing with the Cubs. He has been traded twice in mid-season. One issue was could he play outfield for a 162 games + maybe the playoffs? I don’t think he can, so Reed Johnson may get to play a little extra. He only played 20 games in the outfield last seasons. Bradley has a reputation of sometimes being a jerk, idiot, and hot head, depending on the way you look at it.