Carlos Beltrán could do it all: At various points in his 20-year career, he hit 40 homers, stole 40 bases, batted .300 and won Gold Gloves. Beltran helped five franchises to the playoffs and won the Roberto Clemente award for community service.
In 2017, Beltrán closed his career by winning the World Series with the Houston Astros — but he was later found to be instrumental in devising their notorious electronic sign-stealing scheme. The scandal cost Beltrán his job as the Mets’ manager before his first game in their dugout. This complicates his candidacy to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Hall unveiled the 2022 writers’ ballot on Monday, with Beltrán leading a list of 14 newcomers joined 14 holdovers. Scott Rolen (ex-third baseman) was the most popular returning candidate. He received 63.2 per cent of The vote in his fifth year on the ballot, the fifth cycle.
There’s a decent chance that nobody on the writers’ ballot will gain the required 75 percent; the induction class for July in Cooperstown, N.Y., would then consist only of Contemporary selects candidates Baseball Next month, the Era committee will meet at the winter meetings of San Diego.
That group includes boldface names like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, whose candidacies — for various reasons — may be even thornier than Beltrán’s.
At least the people below are easy to judge. Although none of the authors will get many votes, they all made an impression that was worthy. of Salute
Bronson Arroyo should’ve played for the Rockettes, the Red Sox and the Reds. That’s how he looked for a moment in his delivery, a snapshot of Balletic grace on the mound. Arroyo, a right-hander, would swing his left leg upward, without bending the knee, as if it were the minute hand on a watch pointed at 10 o’clock.
He said he learned to lift his leg high as a kid in Florida by watching the Mets’ Dwight Gooden on cable Channel 9 — but Gooden bent his knee. Arroyo’s stiff-leg mechanics came naturally, and when a coach tried to change him in the minors, he couldn’t make the adjustment. “In my mind my foot is not out there,” Arroyo said. “In my mind, my leg is in the same place everyone else’s is.” His method worked perfectly for 16 stellar seasons which included an All-Star selection as well as a Gold Glove award and a World Series title.
Matt Cain turned three unassisted triples in T-ball when he was five years old. He was 17 when the Giants drafted Cain in the first round. of A high school in Tennessee. At 27 he threw what was the perfect game in franchise history.
Cain was awarded a place on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” A top 10 list of He still desired to accomplish these things: “No. 4,” Cain stated, “Pitch an inning without my pants.” Cain never did that, as far as we know, but his stalwart effort in the 2010 postseason (21 ⅓ innings, no earned runs) helped the Giants win their first title in San Francisco, and he never threw a pitch for another team.
The knuckleball is a sorcerer’s trick, a mystical misfit in an era of predictive data. Nobody knows where the pitch is going — though, sadly, all signs point to extinction. Only position players were allowed to moonlight on the mound last season. The pitch R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award for Mets 2012. Will the pitch ever come back?
“You need people who have actually seen, with their own eyes, how valuable it can be,” Dickey is a right-hander who has spent 15 years in Major League Baseball. Dickey spoke to me by telephone last week. “When those people go away, or matriculate out of the game, the pitch is probably doomed, because then you don’t have enough people with enough imagination to understand what it can really become. But I still have hope that if enough of those people are out there, there will be another guy.”
Jacoby Ellsbury made $21 million in seven seasons playing for the Red Sox. The Yankees signed Ellsbury in free agency. Seven times That amount is $153 million over seven years. It was a disaster. of Ellsbury was only able to complete four years in pinstripes because of injuries.
His career serves as a reminder of how quickly change can come, both for a player’s reputation and for the game as a whole. Ellsbury had only four or five good seasons, but his career stolen base total — 343 — would lead all active players today. Here’s hoping the new rules for 2023, including bigger bases and limits on pickoff attempts, can restore the popularity of The steal in a risk-averse sports.
Famous groupings of college hitters, it’s hard to beat the 1987 Seton Hall Pirates of Craig Biggio and John Valentin, as well as Mo Vaughn. The 2002 Arizona State Sun Devils might be the team that can make this claim.
The team also included Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler and Andre Ethier who led A.S.U. He hit.369 and had a 12-year career in right field for the Dodgers. The Seton Hall team went 45-10 and the Arizona State team went 37-27, but the Sun Devils got the long-term edge, with 127.5 wins above replacement to the Pirates’ 125.1.
When your father is a tennis pro and your mother a golf pro, there’s a good chance you’ll have elite hand-eye coordination. That’s how it turned out for J.J. Hardy, who won three Gold Gloves as the Orioles’ shortstop and was known as the best table tennis player in baseball.
Hardy said to Tim Kurkjian that he believed the following: Hall of Fame writer, that he took 89 consecutive matches from Brady Anderson, the retired longtime Baltimore outfielder he considered the second-best player around the team — but was somehow beaten one spring training in Florida by pitcher Jason Hammel. Five minutes later, Hardy got a text message from Arizona: A former teammate, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, could not believe Hardy had lost. “Word travels fast when I lose in Ping-Pong,” Hardy spoke.
In the first inning of In his debut, right-hander John Lackey gave up an impressive 433-foot home run in Texas to Alex Rodriguez in Texas in 2002. Troy Glaus, his Angels counterpart, was able to come over from third base and check in.
“I went out and talked to him, expecting to see a guy whose eyes are looking like golf balls, just to pat him on the fanny and say, ‘Let’s go,’” Glaus said, four months later. “He looked at me and said, ‘All right, I got it.’ That, to me, was all I needed to see.”
Glaus spoke in a news conference after that year’s World Series against the Giants, when Lackey became the first rookie to win a Game 7 since the Pirates’ Babe Adams in 1909. Lackey helped the Red Sox, Cubs and Red Sox reach the top. He joined Jack Morris, Bullet Joe Bush and Dave Stewart as the only pitchers to be on the championship-winning rosters of all three franchises.
Mike Napoli was seated behind the Busch Stadium plate in the bottom. of He was set to become the most valuable player in the ninth inning of October 27, 2011. of The World Series. He had hit.333 in Texas’s win against St. Louis. There were two home runs and 10 R.B.I. The final out didn’t come and the Cardinals rallied twice on their way to a title.
Although the Rangers never made it back to the World Series, Napoli did so twice more. He won in Boston in 2013, and lost in Cleveland in 2016. Napoli became a folk hero because of his success. “Party at Napoli’s” persona. T-shirts with the slogan raised more than $100,000 for a children’s hospital, yet Napoli is best remembered for not wearing a shirt: After Boston’s victory parade, he went topless as he roamed from tavern to tavern, toasting the title with fans.
Before the Astros regularly bounced the Yankees from the playoffs, it was Jhonny Peralta’s job. It was three times in a very short time, with Cleveland in 2007, and Detroit in 2011, and 2012. He batting.353 and 18 hits, including one of the most cruel. of all. In the 12th innings of Peralta grounded a single in the opening game of the 2012 American League Championship Series. He was batting against Derek Jeter (shortstop), who had broken his ankle while diving to get it. Jeter was almost completely unable to play because of the injury. of He did not play in October the next season.
Which do you remember the most about Francisco Rodriguez? The brilliance of Francisco Rodriguez on the mound, or the violence off the mound. He saved 437 runs, including a single season record of 62 for the Angels in 2008. He was also arrested on assault charges at Citi Field in August 2010 after punching his girlfriend’s father outside the family room near the Mets’ clubhouse.
Rodriguez, who was suspended for the fight, tore his thumb ligament and was traded to Milwaukee the following summer. Through 2017, Rodriguez worked in relative anonymity, earning his sixth and seventh All-Star selections. He also managed to accumulate enough saves to rank fourth among the career list. Those ahead of him — Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith — are Hall of Famers. Rodriguez won’t come even close.
Plenty of Fathers and sons have both excelled in the same sport. Fewer pairs have been able to excel in different sports than James Street and Huston Street. James Street was the University’s quarterback, scoring 20-0. of Texas won the national championship with a victory in the Cotton Bowl over Notre Dame on January 1, 1970. He also helped pitch the Longhorns to three College World Series, and while they didn’t win then, Huston Street led Texas all the way in 2002, earning Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament.
He was able to save 324 games in Major League BaseballAll three- or four year stints in West Division teams for Oakland, San Diego, San Diego and Angels. Huston used a quote from James Street in his Twitter bio after he died. “You are either getting a little better or a little worse. You don’t stay the same.”
In Jered Weaver’s first nine seasons with the Angels, through 2014, only Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia won more games. Weaver was a long, lean righty with shaggy, sandy hair, a slow, smooth delivery and a dry wit: When he joined the Padres in 2016, he chose Mike Trout’s jersey number, 27, because he said he wanted to hit like Trout. Alas, Weaver went hitless (and winless) for San Diego, but he got halfway to 300 wins as an Angel — and made a touching tribute to a fallen teammate. In honor of their first child, Weaver and Kristin had named him Aden when they had him in 2013. of Nick Adenhart, a teammate and a young man who was hit by a drunken driver in 2009.
The sport was stunned when Werth signed a $126million contract for seven years with Washington in December 2010. For Werth, it was a perfect match. “I was looking at being there four, five, six years,” He said, “The next spring,” referring to the Phillies. “Where was their team going to be toward the end of my contract?”
Werth’s forecast was accurate; for most of his deal, the teams’ fortunes were indeed flipped. The Phillies were heading to the World Series this fall and Werth was greeted with cheers as he threw the ceremonial first pitch. of the pennant-clinching game — and fired is the accurate verb — to Bryce Harper, whom he mentored in Washington. “What are you doing? I’ve got to play a game!” Harper later recalled what he had told Werth. “Thank goodness I’m a catcher, or I used to be. I wanted to kill him.” Harper smiled and said: “So J-Dub.”