Cooperstown 2011: Dale Murphy

DALE MURPHYThirteenth Year on Ballot (2010 – 11.7%) PLAYING CAREER:  Atlanta Braves (1976–1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1990–1992) and Colorado Rockies (1993) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .265 with 2111 hits, 398 home runs and 1266 RBI.  Bacl-to-back National League MVP in 1982 and 1983.  Hit 20-plus home runs 12 times, 30-plus six times and 40 or more…once.  Knocked […]

Cooperstown 2011: Jack Morris

JACK MORRISTwelfth Year on Ballot (2010 – 52.3%) PLAYING CAREER:  Detroit Tigers (1977–1990), Minnesota Twins (1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992–1993) and Cleveland Indians (1994) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career record of 254–186 (.577 winning percentage) with an ERA of 3.90 and 2478 strikeouts.  Three 20-win seasons, 11 seasons with 200-plus innings pitched and three seasons with 200 or more strikeouts.  His […]

Merry Christmas, Gang!

What’s in a name this holiday season? Since Major League Baseball was founded 140 years ago, close to 20,000 men have stepped between the foul lines and taken their turn at America’s pasttime. Thankfully, a handful of them have done their best to keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the baseball season. So, with […]

Shake it Like a Snowglobe…the Video

Earlier in the week, The Hall posted Ashkon Davaran’s new Christmas single.  You’ll remember Ashkon as the guy who brought you the San Francisco’s Giants playoff anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” a couple of months ago. Now, two million YouTube views later…here’s his new video. Well…what do you think?  And since you’re already here, why not check […]

Cooperstown 2011: Raul Mondesi

RAUL MONDESIFirst Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  Los Angeles Dodgers (1993–1999), Toronto Blue Jays (2000–2002), New York Yankees (2002–2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2003), Pittsburgh Pirates (2004), Anaheim Angels (2004) and Atlanta Braves (2005) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .273, with 271 home runs, 860 RBI and 229 stolen bases.  1994 National League Rookie of the Year.  Two-time Gold Glove winner (1995 and 1997).  Twice […]

Web Wednesday: The Diamond Report

Back on December 10, in conjunction of Baseball Bloggers Alliance Day, the announcement was made that “hump day” would now, officially, be “Web Wednesday” here at The Hall of Very Good. So…what is “Web Wednesday”? Basically, every Wednesday, The Hall will introduce you to a baseball blog or blogger that you might not know much about.  This […]

Cooperstown 2011: Mark McGwire

MARK McGWIREFifth Year on Ballot (2010 – 23.7%) PLAYING CAREER:  Oakland Athletics (1986–1997) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997–2001) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .263, 583 home runs and 1414 RBI.  Ranks tenth all-time in home runs, eighth in slugging percentage (.588) and tenth in on-base plus slugging (.982).  Led league in home runs four times (1987, 1996, 1998 […]

Tim Lincecum…Sports Illustrated Cover Boy

Has Brian Wilson’s 15 minutes of fame already expired? Sure, the online effort to get him to host “Saturday Night Live” has grown to more than 75,000 fans across two facebook groups, but when it came to the year-end issue of Sports Illustrated…who was on the cover? Not Wilson, his beard or “The Machine”…but, rather, team […]

Shake it Like a Snowglobe

The Hall has been following Ashkon Davaran’s every move since he broke out his re-working of the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believing” a couple of months ago. Well, dude is back with a holiday tune for everyone to enjoy.  This…from his facebook page: Last week, YouTube announced that Ashkon’s “Don’t Stop Believin” was the Bay Area’s most […]

Cooperstown 2011: Fred McGriff

FRED McGRIFFSecond Year on Ballot (2010 – 21.5%) PLAYING CAREER:  Toronto Blue Jays (1986–1990), San Diego Padres (1991–1993), Atlanta Braves (1993–1997), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–2001), Chicago Cubs (2001–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2003) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .284 with 2490 hits, 493 home runs and 1550 RBI.  Ranked 26th all-time in home […]

Dropping Links: December 20

I’m pretty sure the last time the Milwaukee Brewers were making headlines…Pittsburgh’s Randall Simon had taken a bat to one of the sausages that race around Miller Park.  That said…Tony Arnoldine has a couple more pieces on Zack Greinke. The folks at Brew Crew Ball weigh in on the Zack Greinke trade, surmising (like most others) that […]

Cooperstown 2011: Don Mattingly

DON MATTINGLY11th Year on Ballot (2010 – 16.1%) PLAYING CAREER:  New York Yankees (1982–1995) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .307 with 2153 hits, 222 home runs and 1099 RBI.  1985 American League Most Valuable Player.  Nine-time Gold Glove Award winner (1985-1989 and 1991-1994).  Six straight All-Star selections (1984-1989).  Hit .300 or more in seven seasons.  Hit 20-plus home runs five […]

Chan Ho Park Heading to Japan

A couple of weeks ago, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that the “door is open” for Chan Ho Park to return in 2011. Now, reports are that Major League Baseball’s first South Korean-born player is heading to Japan to pitch for the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball and details of the deal are expected to be […]

It’s Official…Zack Greinke is Now a Brewer

The Kansas City Royals made official Sunday what The Hall reported late Saturday night…their ace Zack Greinke had been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. According to reports, the Brewers beat out both the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals for the services of the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner. Last season, Greinke […]

Cooperstown 2011: Tino Martinez

TINO MARTINEZFirst Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  Seattle Mariners (1990–1995), New York Yankees (1996–2001), St. Louis Cardinals (2002–2003), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004) and New York Yankees (2005) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .271 with 1925 hits, 339 home runs and 1271 RBI.  Four-time World Series champion (1996 and 1998-2000).  His teams advanced to the postseason in nine of his 16 […]