First- Brad Hawpe will play for team USA.
Second- Yesterday I did eight entries and my hard work paid off. On mlblogs home page my blog was featured on the hall balloting blogs!
Third- I’m doing a report on Ted Williams if any one knows some stuff about him please comment on it.
Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson got elected to the baseball hall of fame. Henderson got 511 votes, 94.8%. Jim Rice got 412 votes, 76.4%. I guess yesterday I was to generous yesterday. Mark Grace, David Cone, Matt Williams, Mo Vaughn, Jay Bell, and Jesse Orosco got less then 5% of the vote while Orosco got one vote. Ron Gant, Dan Plesac, and Greg Vaughn didn’t get a vote. The person who got the most votes and didn’t get in was Andre Dawson with 361 votes, 67%. The player with the most votes who was on the ballot for the first time was Jim Rice only made it in by seven votes but I am sure he will take that. Yesterday I predicted that Rice would just get in by a few votes, one or two. It was a little bigger but it was still pretty close. Rice got in on his fifteenth and last time joining Red Ruffing and Ralph Kiner as the only people to get in on their last time on the ballot. Jim Rice will now get his number retired by the Red Sox. The two rules to get your number retired by the Red Sox are you must be elected to the baseball hall of fame and you must have played ten years with the Red Sox. The unofficial rule is you must finish your carer with the Red Sox. The only exception was to Johnny Pesky who was with the Red Sox for 21 years as a player, coach, and manager. When Johnny Pesky went up for election for the hall of fame in 1960 he got one vote, 0.4%. The only exception to the unofficial rule (which really doesn’t make it unofficial if there has been and exception) was to Carlton Fisk who finished his carer with the Chicago White Sox. Rickey Henderson played with the Red Sox in 2002. He hit .223, with five home runs, drove in 16, scored 40 times, stole eight, and was caught stealing twice in 72 games. One difference between the two is Henderson played for the Yankees. Henderson though was mostly an Oakland Athletic. Henderson’s number will obviously not be retired by the Red Sox but his work will be thought of. Congrats to both Henderson and Rice and best wishes to Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, and the others. Now the eyes are on Roberto Alomar, Andres Galarrage, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, and Robin Ventura who are on the ballot for the first time.
Dale Murphy No, Never
Dale Murphy is on the ballot for the eleventh time. He hit .265, with 398 home runs, drove in 1,266, scored 1,197 times, had 2,111 hits, stole 161 and was caught stealing 68 times. Murphy played for 18 seasons with the Braves, Phillies, and Rockies. If he does go in it will be as a Brave. In just an eight span Murphy won two MVP’s, along with six golden gloves, four silver sluggers, the Lou Gehrig award, and the Roberto Clemente award. In that same span he was elected to seven all-star games. This year he will get 15% of the vote and at his best 45% of the vote.
Jesse Orosco No, Never
Jesse Orosco is on the ballot for his first time. He has a carer record of 87-80, with an ERA of 3.16, and 1179 strike outs. Orosco, a relief pitcher is the all-time leader in appearances. He played 24 seasons with the Mets, Dodgers, Indians, Brewers, Orioles, Cardinals, Twins, Yankees, and Padres. He played with the Dodgers two different times. He made four errors at pitcher. He had a great .984 fielding percentage. Orosco is my favorite player on the ballot to not play for the Red Sox because in 2003 in 15 games for the Yankees he had a 10.38 ERA. Orosco will get 7% of the vote this year and his high will be 45% of the vote.
Dave Parker, No, Never
Dave Parker is on the ballot for his 13th year. He hit .290, with 339 home runs, drove in 1,493, scored 1,272 times, had 2,712 hits, stole 154, and was caught stealing 113 times. He made 144 errors at first, second, and in the outfield. He has a .966 fielding percentage. Parker played 19 seasons with the Pirates, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Angels, and Blue Jays. Parker if he goes in will go in as a Pirate. He won two batting titles, three golden gloves, three silver sluggers, and a MVP. He also was elected to eight all-star games. I think Parker should go in. He just missed 3,000 hits and had great stats otherwise, but I don’t think he will. Last year he got 15.1% of the vote I think this year he will get 17% of the vote and his best will be 24.5% of the vote back in 1998.
First- Manny could go to the Giants! They would have to show him a lot of money, but if they got him they would be the favorites to win the N.L. West.
Second- The fix for the Dodgers is . . .
A.) Sign Manny
B.) Sign Bobby Abreu, put him in right and move Andre Ethier to left.
I think the Dodgers will do A.
Third- The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks, six to four, at Wrigley Field. It was the first time a NHL game was played at a MLB stadium.
Now to the Entry
The MLB Network was awesome. It started out with Bud Selig welcoming us to MLB Network and thanking us for watching. He really needs to smile some more. Like in this picture.
Okay he still isn’t smiling that much, but it looks like he is trying. After that they showed us the studios. I liked studio 42 named after Jackie Robinson. I liked all the people on the show but I really liked Matt Vasgersian, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, and Harold Reynolds. They had Jimmy Rollins on the show and talked to Josh Hamilton while he was at home. They demonstrated Jackie Robinson’s steal of home where Yogi got all mad in the World Series. They also talked about Manny. They had some news headlines like Barry Bonds getting hip surgery in an effort to make a comeback. After Hot Stove Live, they had Don Larson’s perfect World Series game. They had Yogi and Larson guest in the studio. They showed the original broad cast with even the same commercials! They were really funny like the one with the baseball encyclopedia. I think a better choice for the first game should have been the last game of 2008 since it was new years or Roberto Clemente’s last game because New Years was the anniversary of his death. Here are some fun facts.
First Word- Hello
First Person on the Show- Bud Selig
First Studio shown- Studio 3, named after Babe Ruth
First Topic- Manny
First Guest- J-Roll
First Game- Don Larson’s perfect game in the World Series
First air time- 6 p.m. eastern
First News Desk Topic- Barry Bond’s hip surgery
I LOVED the MLB Network
5 out of 5 stars