Posts for : 2014

On This HOF Voting Absurdity

I have avoided a mock ballot for the Hall of Fame.  I really don’t want to get into the idea of whether or not we should allow players suspected (or suspended) of PED usage to join the moral giants like Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle.  I mean, if you want to keep Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out, fine.  I think it’s a ridiculous effort, but whatever.  Your choice. But the idea that someone could…

The Babbling Brooks of Conrad

Brooks Conrad spent last season in Japan, struggling as a member of the Hanshin Tigers.  While there, he played with another former Brave, Blaine Boyer.  Unlike Boyer, who posted solid numbers, Conrad slashed his way to .175/.319/.281 while hitting no homers in 69 AB and playing sparingly at third.  It was yet another disappointing turn for someone whose career seemed to peak in the summer of 2009. Conrad was drafted in 2001 by the Houston…

Jeff Schultz Doesn’t Like Me

I loved Tim Hudson.  Sure, he was gritty, though I despise that term.  If the adjective can be used to describe David Eckstein, it’s not a term you want to receive.  Hudson arrived after the 2004 season in a trade from the A’s and received an extension after posting monster seasons for the A’s that included four seasons of 4.8 fWAR or better before the trade.  He never was that good in Atlanta, but he…

Help us Obi Frank Kenobi, You’re Our Only Hope

The sky is falling, right is left, and up is down.  Yes, that means I am trying to dust this blog off for another go.  I mentioned it before here, but I enrolled to complete my bachelor’s program through online classes last fall.  First semester – done and through a few classes at a time, I am hopeful to finish up my degree next spring.  As a stay-at-home father with a second daughter due in…