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  1. 1) Ripken? Fernandez? Come on, these guys were...

    1) Ripken? Fernandez? Come on, these guys were on the downsides of their careers when Jeter started.

    2) Horrendous may be overstating it, but yeah, he probably did get more Gold Gloves than...
  2. ---He's never been linked to steroids by any...

    ---He's never been linked to steroids by any credible evidence, but certain individual voters have refused to vote for him because they suspect him of using. (Murray Chass and Rick Morrissey are a...
  3. A couple of things: 1) I was not trying to...

    A couple of things:

    1) I was not trying to start a debate on the relative merits of Jeter and Biggio. I was merely wondering whether the voters responsible for denying Biggio HOF entry due to PED...
  4. I just can't buy into Jeter being overrated. ...

    I just can't buy into Jeter being overrated. Overexposed? There's an argument for that. It happens with all great Yankees. I may get tired of hearing about it, but I'm not going to deny his...
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    ---Well, while missing the HOF by 2 votes it not...

    ---Well, while missing the HOF by 2 votes it not like being diagnosed with terminal cancer, I don't think it's that hard to see why some folks feel he got the shaft and feel a bit bad for him.

    To...
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    The prediction is probably sound. Although I...

    The prediction is probably sound. Although I think Biggio might not get to 80%, I think he could make it by a hair.

    I think there were 5 or 6 voters who admitted to voting for him last year but...
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    I like to think I'm pretty tolerant of different...

    I like to think I'm pretty tolerant of different opinions and consider the zone of reasonable disagreement to be enormous. But reading through some of these ballot explanations, Good Lord. If...
  8. I always enjoy following the debates on...

    I always enjoy following the debates on controversial candidates - I hear different perspectives, and I learn.

    I do not view Morris as a Hall-of-Famer. I see him as a good pitcher who had some...
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    ---Agreed. There's a lot to dislike about the...

    ---Agreed. There's a lot to dislike about the current voting process. (Reading some of these dunderheads' explanations of their ballots, yikes.)

    But Lebtard's Deadspin stunt was a lot like Chris...
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    Feel bad for Biggio. 2 votes short, and several...

    Feel bad for Biggio. 2 votes short, and several voters have said they felt he's worthy but didn't vote for him because of the max 10. (Jon Becker tweeted that he took Biggio off at the last minute...
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    My annual Hall of Fame voting rant

    Love HOF debates, hate HOF voting. Here are the things that drive me nuts about the current voting body.

    Overvaluing postseason play and undervaluing longevity

    Every year I hear the baseball...
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    I think it did end up going through to Musk, but...

    I think it did end up going through to Musk, but I agree, more fun to see everyone's. You've got some outside-the-box picks there - I like it. Here's mine.



    Chuck Berry
    Jimmy Carter
    Ice...
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    Musk - I tried PM'ing you my list, it told me...

    Musk - I tried PM'ing you my list, it told me you're inbox was full and you couldn't receive any more messages until you clear some space.

    Let me know if there's somewhere else I should send it,...
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    Yeah that was pretty ridiculous. Like Leber...

    Yeah that was pretty ridiculous. Like Leber said, because he was a Viking, people would inevitably associate him with the Vikings, and he needed to think about how he was presenting himself.
    ...
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    Jeter's career WAR is 71.6. Is he a "no" for you...

    Jeter's career WAR is 71.6. Is he a "no" for you because he's under your 75-WAR cutoff?
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    ---My views on this are very similar to yours. ...

    ---My views on this are very similar to yours.

    I think what bothers me most is the way he acts like he's doing something noble for civil rights and changing NFL culture, when really he's just...
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    ---5th place, not half-bad for a first timer.

    ---5th place, not half-bad for a first timer.
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    Here’s my take on the Kluwe thing: I am...

    Here’s my take on the Kluwe thing:



    I am completely in agreement with Kluwe’s stance on civil rights issues, but I am with Ben Leber in having a problem with the way he went about this
    If...
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    I wasn't crazy about the Frazier firing. He...

    I wasn't crazy about the Frazier firing. He hasn't been great, some curious coaching decisions and dubious coordinator choices, but he certainly wasn't terrible. A few calls/plays/bounces go the...
  20. ---I think we mostly agree. Regardless of what...

    ---I think we mostly agree. Regardless of what happens off the field, the players have every obligation to put in their best effort on the field. And if that's not happening, something needs to be...
  21. ---I get what you're saying, and I don't...

    ---I get what you're saying, and I don't necessarily disagree, but OTOH, there is no amount of screaming and throwing things that can turn bad players into good ones. I think those kind of tactics...
  22. I need to stop watching this team, I'm running...

    I need to stop watching this team, I'm running out of things to throw at my TV.
  23. So when the hell does this losing streak end? ...

    So when the hell does this losing streak end? Can Vanimal get it done tomorrow? 4 in Detroit after that. No Verlander, but KC/Fister and Pelfrey/Scherzer are not matchups I'm looking forward to...
  24. The more losses like this I see, the more I'm...

    The more losses like this I see, the more I'm convinced that Puckett, Hrbek, TK and company really did make a deal with the Devil back in the day: two World Series crowns for a lifetime of Minnesota...
  25. ---It's not bad enough that the Twins have lost 6...

    ---It's not bad enough that the Twins have lost 6 in a row and look poised for another season in the crapper? You had to bring that up as well?

    What's it gonna be when we make it 7 in a row...
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