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Bluebird Banter

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Jays: #22 Ernie Whitt

Leo Ernest Whitt | C | 1977-1989 Ernie Whitt was born June 13, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan, not far from Tiger Stadium. The Red Sox picked him in the 15th round of the 1972 amateur draft, one pick before Jason Thompson, a terrific first baseman for the Tigers and Dodgers. Ernie was blocked from making the Red Sox by future Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and was left unprotected in the 1976 expansion draft, and we grabbed him up. Whitt got 41 at-bats in our first season and got into a couple of games in 1978. In 1979 he spent the whole season in the minors, then in 1980, he...

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols to platoon at first

With his Hall of Fame career coming to an end, Los Angeles Angels first basemen Albert Pujols will see his time in the field dwindle with prospect Jared Walsh taking over the lion’s share of playing time. Jared Walsh, a 39th round pick in the 2015 draft, has proven he is ready for a full […] Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols to platoon at first - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Hok Talk - My 2021 Royals Hall of Fame ballot

No, I don’t get my own special vote. But I do get the same vote as all of you! The Royals recently opened up fan-voting for their 2021 Hall of Fame class, and the candidates are a bit...underwhelming. It’s going to be a long while, yet, before we get to vote on most of the heroes from 2014 and 2015, but we do have a couple on the ballot this time. In order to maintain an air of mystery and suspense, I’m going to talk about the guys in reverse order of how enthusiastically I voted for them. Hok likes his drama, OK? Kyle Davies It’s almost unimaginable that he is even...

KC Kingdom

2021 KC Royals Hall of Fame ballots are out, but who should go In?

Ballots for this year’s KC Royals Hall of Fame class have been mailed out. Let’s take a look at each player to justify both induction and rejection. The Royals Hall of Fame (RHOF) was originally established in 1986 to “celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals baseball, both […] 2021 KC Royals Hall of Fame ballots are out, but who should go In? - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Royals Review

Royals Hall of Fame candidates announced

Billy Butler and Yordano Ventura are among the first-timers on the ballot. The Royals announced the 2021 candidates for induction into the Royals Hall of Fame. This year’s ballot includes first-timers Carlos Beltrán, Billy Butler, Kyle Davies, Jeremy Guthrie, and Luke Hochevar. Appearing on the ballot for the second time are Johnny Damon and Yordano Ventura. Introducing the 2021 class of eligible players for the #Royals Hall of Fame. Cast your vote. ⬇️— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) March 2, 2021 Let’s take a look at the candidates: Carlos Beltrán 1998-2004 795...

Red Reporter

Brandon Finnegan impressive in return, Reds still thumped by Oakland

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via It was mostly ugly. It was baseball. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game The adage of ‘pitchers are ahead of hitters’ as spring training games begin is mostly a true one. Pitchers report early, and from a purely theoretical perspective, it’s usually easier to return to throwing 95 mph heaters than it is to return to turning them around. Heck, Hall of Fame hitters when ‘caught up’ to pitchers still fail 70% of the time, after all. That might not be routinely true with Brandon Finnegan, however. The former 1st round...

Pinstripe Alley

This Day in Yankees History: A Ruthian era ends

The Yankees grant Babe Ruth his release; Tony Lazzeri named to Hall of Fame by veterans’ committee; Clint Frazier suffers concussion Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (February 26th) 86 Years Ago The Yankees grant the release of long-time superstar outfielder Babe Ruth, permitting him to sign with the Boston Braves for his...

Pinstripe Alley

This Day in Yankees History: “The Scooter” slides into Cooperstown

Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via With a little help from the Veterans Committee, Phil Rizzuto earned a Hall of Fame plaque on this day in history. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. Now that spring training is officially open, it’s time to get amped for the upcoming season. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (February 25th) 27 Years...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Outside The Confines: Is Albert Pujols poised for retirement?

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Pujols’ wife caused a stir on Instagram in a now-edited post. Albert Pujols has had a tremendous 20 seasons in baseball. By all accounts it’s a Hall of Fame career in spite of flagging results in the latter years. But this week a post on Instagram from his wife Deidre (which has since been edited) seemed to indicate 2021 would be Pujols’s final year in the majors. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deidre Pujols (@deidrepujolsadventures) Pujols will be a free agent in 2022, and will be 42....

South Side Sox

South Side Sox Podcast 24 — Early Spring Training Excitement

Chrystal O’Keefe hops on with Brett Ballantini to talk about the bright spots in early White Sox camp, as well as some of the drama around the majors South Side Sox Podcast 24 features Brett Ballantini and Chrystal O’Keefe, together again and not talking about the Hall of Fame. What did they talk about, then? The early bright spots of White Sox camp, including Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech The palpable impact of new pitching coach Ethan Katz Concern about right field Why it’s important to address the Tony La Russa hiring revelations of the past week, for better or...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: The best draft class in team history

Like every team, the Cincinnati Reds have had their fair share of hits and misses when drafting players. Since the MLB Draft was first instituted in 1965, the Reds have selected three players who would eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame and live for baseball eternity in Cooperstown. Over the past 56 years, […] Cincinnati Reds: The best draft class in team history - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers Wearing Don Sutton, Tommy Lasorda Jersey Patches

Los Angeles Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten previously announced the team would honor Hall of Fame...

BaltimoreBaseball.com

Hernández looks for Orioles to help him get to Cooperstown; Minor league schedules released

Félix Hernández has brought a resume that he’d like to improve upon with the Orioles. In his initial video conference call with Baltimore media, Hernández was blunt about what drives him. “The Hall of Fame,” he said. “I think I have a shot to go in the Hall of Fame, and I have a few […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles' Félix Hernández on his goal to one day make the Hall of Fame | VIDEO

Orioles RHP Félix Hernández on his goal to be healthy this season and one day make the Hall of Fame.

Cincinnati.com

Barry Larkin explains why he wanted to become a Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster

Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin will join Fox Sports Ohio as a color TV analyst for the 2021 season, calling all 81 Reds home games.        

Bluebird Banter

Remembering Tony Fernandez

A year ago today, Tony Fernandez passed away. We had reaction here and here and here. I wish we could see into a universe where Fernandez wasn’t part of the Carter/Alomar trade (can you imagine a middle of the infield with Alomar and Fernandez). It would have been great to have had Fernandez as a lifetime Blue Jay. I’d like to think he would be in the Hall of Fame if he had been. We’ll be writing about him in detail sometime next month, but let me say there were few players I tried to imitate more. That sidearm flip throw, that seemed always to be on target, no matter...

Blog Red Machine

Reds news: Barry Larkin to join television broadcast as color analyst

The Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports Ohio announced that Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin will join the broadcast team in 2021. According to a statement released by the team, Larkin will join the new play-by-play voice of the Reds on television, John Sadak, as the team’s color analyst. Larkin is one of the most […] Reds news: Barry Larkin to join television broadcast as color analyst - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Simmons content with Hall of Fame's decision to scale back induction ceremony

For the quarter century former Cardinals star Ted Simmons waited from the time his name first appeared on the writers’ ballot to his selection to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in December, 2019, by the Hall’s Modern Baseball Era…

Purple Row

Sunday Rockpile: Moments we’d love to see this year

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Sunday, February 14, 2021 Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Rockies fans but that doesn’t mean we have to be sour on the day of love. For that reason let’s take a break from bleak season projections, farm system rankings and the post-Nolan gloom to think about some moments in 2021 that we would LOVE to see and are guaranteed to make all of us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Larry Walker’s Hall of Fame induction The first player to ever go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the...

NESN.com

David Ortiz Thinks He ‘Has The Numbers’ To Be First-Ballot Hall Of Famer

For the first time since his retirement, David Ortiz will be eligible to have his baseball legacy enshrined forever in Cooperstown. The Boston Red Sox legend put down the bat after the 2016 season, and in 2022, will be on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Time certainly flies. “I’m getting old, that’s […] The post David Ortiz Thinks He ‘Has The Numbers’ To Be First-Ballot Hall Of Famer appeared first on NESN.com.

Los Angeles Times

How to purchase the L.A. Times' Tommy Lasorda commemorative bookazine

Tommy Lasorda was the truest, bluest Dodger of them all. The story of his Dodgers life is told by a Hall of Fame collection of L.A. Times writers.

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: Current, former players Hall of Fame chances

Now that the disappointing 2021 Hall of Fame results are behind us, it’s always fun to look forward to future possibilities. MLB.com recently made a list of 40 active players who are future Hall of Famers, and there are a few Houston Astros on that list. How accurate is that, and are there any players […] Astros: Current, former players Hall of Fame chances - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Bombers set Ben Heller free

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Yankees release Ben Heller; conflicting reports on Brett Gardner’s return; Derek Jeter won’t receive a public Hall of Fame induction ceremony; minor leagues organized AP: Only a couple of days after designating him for assignment to open up a spot for reliever Darren O’Day, the Yankees decided to release right-hander Ben Heller. He was never able to establish himself as a dependable contributor from the ‘pen despite pitching in four different seasons with the organization, but there is talent in his arm and he should find another...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony this summer will be a TV-only event

The Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Cooperstown in 2019 | Photo by Jim McIsaac/ It’ll be indoors, with no fans attending. Usually, baseball’s Hall of Fame holds an outdoor ceremony to induct new members on a sunny Sunday afternoon in July in Cooperstown, N.Y. That didn’t happen last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And the Hall announced Friday that their Hall of Fame weekend May 28-29 is cancelled, and though the 2021 ceremony Sunday, July 25 will happen, but it will be a TV-only event: “Though we are having to cancel our 2021 Hall of Fame Classic...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Derek Jeter fans won’t get to cheer captain as he goes into the Hall of Fame as induction ceremony moves indoors

A year ago, the people and businesses in Cooperstown were preparing for what they thought would be one of the biggest Hall of Fame Weekends ever.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Baseball Hall cancels traditional ceremony, moves indoors

Baseballs Hall of Fame has canceled its traditional outdoor induction ceremony for the second straight summer because of the pandemic and plans an indoor, televised event for Derek Jeter and others being honored.

'The Cardinals are going to live to regret this.' 38 years ago today, they traded Templeton for Ozzie Smith

On Feb. 11, 1982, the Cardinals made the trade that turned future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie "The Wizard" Smith into a Redbird for most of his career.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Toni Stone: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

The importance of Toni Stone was so personal and so monumental that it took decades for America to comprehend it. A Black woman who willed herself to become the first woman to play for a mens professional baseball team.

Stephen A. picks Derek Jeter over Mariano Rivera as Yankees legend he’d rather have | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate Mariano Rivera‘s Hall of Fame accolades vs. the captain Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees legend they’d rather have on their team. ✔

Mike Mussina is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Mike Mussina is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mlb/ Facebook: ht