Your Baseball Hall of Fame Tragedy of the Day

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As someone famous once said, there are only three certainties in life: Death, reality television, and that Rickey Henderson should be a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer.

rickey-hendersonNot only was Rickey the most hilarious public speaker of all-time, he also HAS TO be counted among the top 10 or 20 baseball players EVER. No one in history possessed the combination of speed, power, average, defense, base running ability, and nude self-awareness of his own abilities. It’s hard to find people who disagree with this , but luckily the powers of the Internet give us the ability to seek out and humiliate those that do.

Meet Corky Simpson:

Somewhere there are whippersnappers starting to gray at the temples who idolized the eight heroes I voted for, the same way my buddies and I worshipped Stan Musial.

My choices this year are:

  • Pitcher Bert Blyleven, who ranks fifth all-time in strikeouts and ninth in shutouts.
  • Andre Dawson, outfielder, National League Most Valuable Player Award winner in 1987.
  • Tommy John, who pitched for 26 seasons, second most in major league history, won 288 games and gave his name to a surgical technique for which he was a pioneer and after which he won the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year in 1976.
  • Don Mattingly, who played 14 seasons, all with the New York Yankees and won nine Gold Glove Awards at first base.
  • Tim Raines, a seven-time All-Star outfielder, 1986 National League batting champion and four-time base-stealing champ.
  • Jim Rice, who played 16 seasons, all with the Boston Red Sox. Rice was the 1978 American League Most Valuable Player, and he finished his career with a .298 lifetime batting average and 382 home runs.
  • Alan Trammell, who shares the major league record for most years by a shortstop (20) and played all those seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He was voted to six All-Star teams and was a member of the 1984 World Series champion Tigers.
  • Matt Williams, my first Hall of Fame vote for an Arizona Diamondback player. Matty played 17 seasons for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks. Nobody ever played the game with more intensity, nor with more reverence for the sport.
  • I’m afraid my introduction to this post gave away the flaw in Corky’s choices. Home Run Derby identifies him as the one guy (so far) who left Rickey Henderson off his ballot, signaling that Corky is either trying to make a statement of some sort or just bone stupid.

    Eight names (you can vote for ten).  But no Rickey Henderson.  I was dying to read Simpson’s explanation of why he left Henderson off the ballot and especially how eight other players could get his vote before he gave one to Rickey.

    But there was nothing.  Not a Sausage.  He barely even mentions Henderson’s name.

    For the record, this is the first year of eligibility for Rickey Henderson, and no one has EVER been inducted into the Hall unanimously on the first ballot (note: Not even Babe Ruth for reasons that absolutely defy the imagination).

    To put Henderson’s career in perspective compared to the other guys on Simpson’s list, he finished with 57 more home runs than Don Mattingly, 598 more stolen bases than Tim Raines, 281 more hits than Andre Dawson, a boatload more of EVERYTHING BUT HOMERUNS than Matt Williams, and two more championships than Jim Rice (sorry, Sox fans).

    Corky Simpson: The writer who didn’t vote for Rickey Henderson [Home Run Derby]

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    4 responses to “Your Baseball Hall of Fame Tragedy of the Day

    1. that’s kinda crazy about the unanimous vote thingie. i didn’t know that. who do you think will be the first person to get in unanimously? when does paul o’neill become eligible?

    2. oh, and also, that picture of ashley dupre on the boat totally makes me want to make sex on her.

    3. Fallen Angel

      the correct answer to your first comment is Jonny Gomes

    4. Pingback: Corky’s Revenge «

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