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Half-Baked Hall: 1962

To no surprise, Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer breeze in with 100% of the vote and Amos Otis and Ken Singleton breeze out with 0% of the vote.

1962

Richie Ashburn

That's it. The next best player that retired in 1962 was former Senator Eddie "The Walkin' Man" Yost. I love his player page, but he ain't getting votes.

I'd also like to mention a pitcher with a Top 10 nickname in Vinegar Bend Mizell

Should Richie Ashburn make our hallowed halls?

  • Yes (73%, 8 Votes)
  • No (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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2019 ALDS: Twins @ Yankees, Game 2

The other day I realized that three of the Twins' best players this year have been suspended now or in the past related to performance enhancing drugs. That seems like a high ratio.

Today the plan is for three Tanaka pitches to be suspended in the air for a long long time into the outfield seats.  I'll go with just Kepler though for my pick.

I don't have any thoughts or analysis on the game or matchup today. I just want to say I've enjoyed the hell out of this season and you guys make it better.

Half-Baked Hall: 1984

Stan Musial breezes in with 100% of the vote.

Early Wynn gets 31% but drops off.  Gil Hodges pulls down one vote.  Frankie Frisch buddy Red Schoendeinst deservedly gets shut out.

1984

What do you think about impeachment?

  • Joe Morgan (50%, 8 Votes)
  • Jim Palmer (50%, 8 Votes)
  • Amos Otis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ken Singleton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None Of Them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Bob-omb!

I figured I should write at least something on my obsession with the Twins home run record chase, but before I do, I would like to point out that the Twins staff has only allowed 195 homers this year. That's second in the AL behind Tampa, who just allowed one to the Yanks in two games.  In fact, let's look at the AL playoff teams (as of Wednesday):

Rays: 177
Twins: 195
A's: 200
Indians: 200
Astros: 226
Yankees: 244

So the Yankees have barely scored more than the Twins, give up way more homers, and have a worse ERA+.  So why have the Yankees been better?  The Yankees have given up 45 unearned runs. The Twins, 74.  Eeeg.  If the Twins lose in the playoffs because of their atrocious defense...

Anyway, back to bombas.

The Twins are up two homers with three games to go. Neither team is really playing for anything. For the Yankees to get home field, they'd have to sweep while the Astros get swept. Not likely. So it's reasonable to think both teams will be resting players. The Twins will be matching up Astudillo and Miller and Torreyes with the likes of Romine and Estrada and Wade.  And, honestly, probably Giancarlo Stanton, who needs some reps before the playoffs.  The Twins will likely play Schoop a lot, who if he can do anything it's hit bombs in low-pressure situations.

The Yanks are playing the Rangers, who have given up 17 more homers than the Royals.  The Rangers also play in a more homer friendly park.

Let's look at projected starters and their HR/9:

Rangers: Palumbo (2.6), TBD (?), Lynn (0.9)
Royals: Skoglund (1.5), Sparkman (2.1), Lopez (1.8)

I think I've finally come to the point where I'll be okay if the Twins don't get this record. Clinching the division has helped for sure. Though no promises if the Twins are leading by three homers on Sunday and the Yankees hit four.

Every time I've bitched to nibbish about the Yankees hitting homers, he has replied with "Don't worry, they've got this."

Om.

Half-Baked Hall: 2002

The Sandman breezes in with 100% of the vote just as he did in real life a few months ago.  Todd Helton also brings it home with 81% of the vote, becoming the first Rockie to be bestowed with HBH honors.

Meanwhile, the late Roy Halladay just misses election with 69% of the vote and will be back later (on a ballot).

Not making the cut were Andy Pettitte (2 votes), Miguel Tejada (2 votes), Roy Oswalt (1 vote) and shutouts for Placido Polanco and Lance Berkman.

2002 Ballot

The cake is a lie

  • Tim Raines (93%, 13 Votes)
  • None of them! (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Chuck Finley (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Justice (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chuck Knoblauch (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Half-Baked Hall: 2013

Mike Schmidt pulled down 100% of the vote as gets elected to the Half-Baked Hall!

The only player to secure a spot on a future secondary ballot is Buddy Bell, who pulled won 50% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Tommy John got 4 votes, Darrell Evans got 2 votes, and Most-Feared-Hall-Of-Famer Jim Rice got 1 vote.  Jim Sundberg got nothing.

2013

The ballot the real voters just had!

Here I go here I go here I go again, girls what's my weakness?

  • Mariano Rivera (36%, 16 Votes)
  • Todd Helton (29%, 13 Votes)
  • Roy Halladay (24%, 11 Votes)
  • Andy Pettitte (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Miguel Tejada (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Roy Oswalt (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Lance Berkman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Placido Polanco (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None Of Them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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