|Who's the greatest player in baseball history? Is it Babe Ruth? Ted
Williams? Willie Mays? Fixing Baseball answers that question along
with many more of the most debated issues in the baseball world
today. Author J. M. Catellier provides an in-depth look at the basic
statistics found within the game and goes on to apply them in a manner
never before seen. By turning every baseball player's entire career into
a number, a new and more accurate Hall of Fame is established.
Using the most commonly followed pitching and batting statistics, a
new formula is created that gives Cooperstown a complete overhaul,
reissues the Cy Young Award to the "real" winners dating all the way
back to the start of the Live Ball Era, reformats the annual All-Star
Game, creates a brand new season- ending award for hitters, and
exposes countless corruptions in the system that runs outside the white
lines. The results are supported with detailed discussions about
hundreds of players who took the diamond and fulfilled their version of
every kid's dream of being a professional baseball player.
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|February 6, 2013... Can Derek Jeter Catch Pete Rose on the Career Hit List?
January 28, 2013... Pirates Rotation Strongest It's Been in Years
January 26, 2013... Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Analysis
January 22, 2013... Mike Greenwell Should Be Given 1988 A.L. MVP
January 9, 2013... Currently 108 HOF ballots have been made public. Tim Raines was
selected on 67 of those 108 ballots. Of those 67 ballots in question, slightly more than
half (35) did NOT contain a vote for Bonds or Clemens. Tim Raines was an admitted
cocaine user. He testified in the Pittsburgh Drug Trials that he "used" before, after,
and DURING games. He also testified that he slid head-first so as not to break the
cocaine vial in his back pocket. Cocaine is a stimulant that, when taken in small doses,
causes heightened alertness and awareness. Is it a PED? There hasn't been a
definitive answer. I've read "scientific" evidence supporting both sides.
January 9, 2013... Craig Biggio is one of just six in baseball history with 3000 Hits,
1000 RBIs, & 400 steals. He was an All-Star at two positions - C & 2B. How does the
BBWAA botch this one?
January 9, 2013... Seriously, can we find out who voted for Aaron Sele for the Hall of
Fame and DEMAND answers?
January 9, 2013... Now more than ever people should be reading my book or working
on their own Hall of Fame fix. Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGriff, Morris,
Piazza, Trammell, Walker ---- You're telling me there's no Hall of Famers on that list?
What a despicable job by the BBWAA.
December 23, 2012... Philadelphia baseball writer Bob Brookover joins the party. He
"doesn't believe" Jeff Bagwell, so therefore will not vote for him citing that even "Curt
Schilling lied about tobacco use". Another example of misplaced emphasis. He also
gives no reasonable explanation for not voting for Craig Biggio. I'll say it again... The
biggest problem with the Hall of Fame is the BBWAA - not PEDs.
December 13, 2012... ESPN's Buster Olney chimes in about PEDs and the upcoming
vote will reflect the writer's thoughts about the era. He urges writers to be consistent
with their votes on "Bonds, McGwire, and Clemens". Very poor policy! Bonds and
McGwire are ADMITTED/PROVEN PED users. Clemens is neither
December 3, 2012... Add Boston sportswriter Steve Buckley to the list of people that
just don't get it when it comes to PEDs. Buckley states that he won't vote for players
that he "thinks" used steroids. No proof needed. His subjective suspicion filled with
involuntary human bias is all that he needs. Shameful.
November 28, 2012... As the new Hall of Fame ballot is revealed, we see names like
Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa for the first time. Baseball writer Mark
Purdy has adopted a "wait and see" policy, calling the HoF voting format "brilliant"
because it allows the voters 15 years to research. WRONG! A player only remains on
the ballot for 15 years is he has enough votes each year to keep him there. If all the
writers follow Purdy's policy, no players would make it to year two.
November 15, 2012... The HOFF System does not calculate "value" as it relates to
the MVP Award, so I offer no proof here - just common sense. Miguel Cabrera and his
Triple Crown and his team making the playoffs is the CORRECT choice. Our whipping
boy Ken Rosenthal is wrong again!
October 31, 2012... Here we go. The first fraudulent vote of the year awards Adam
Jones with a Gold Glove over rookie Mike Trout. Jones had twice as many errors as
Trout, and the kid provided us with a highlight reel of great plays throughout the
season. Anti-rookie voting!
October 25, 2012... ESPN's Buster Olney suggests that Mariano Rivera may be the
best postseason pitcher in history. MAY BE???? Rivera is by far the best pitcher that
playoff baseball has ever seen. John Smoltz runs a distant second
October 17, 2012... The HOFF System has calculated the 2012 Cy Young Award
winners to be Tampa Bay Ray David Price and New York Met R.A. Dickey. Don't be
fooled by Justin Verlander's postseason performance. It doesn't count toward the
October 16, 2012... Through 45+ innings, Tim Lincecum has a postseason ERA of
2.18, while yielding only 28 hits.
October 9, 2012... The question has been posed: Should Keith Hernandez be in the
Hall of Fame? HOFFS answer: No. He was a great player, but his accolades fall well
short of the mark. He scores just over 42 points in the system as a stellar defender
with great per-at bat numbers and solid clutch statistics. But this debate doesn't even
get off the ground without first discussing far more qualified candidates like Steve
Garvey and Don Mattingly.
October 6, 2012... It's not rocket science. The answer to adding another round of
playoffs is SIMPLE! 1) Manipulate the regular season schedule to end on a
Thursday. 2) Get rid of the off-day following the regular season. 3) Have the Wild
Card series a best-of-three at the SAME park, to be played FRI-SUN with Sunday
being a 1:00 PM EST start. 4) Wild Card winner travels to Division Champ for Monday
night game to open series. The three division winners in each league will only have
three days off. It will be very taxing on the Wild Card winners in this scenario and very
tough for them to advance. BINGO! That's the idea.
October 5, 2012... Bud Selig fails again!! This new playoff format is a disgrace. Yes,
I'm a Braves fan so the horrific call by the umpires in the one-game playoff hurt all that
much more, but without any bias at all, it's obvious that this format needs to go. After
a 94-win season in which the games are separated into a whole bunch of three and
four-game series', a team can be eliminated having never had the opportunity to use
their entire pitching staff. Teams are put together around pitching "rotations". A
one-game playoff disregards (and goes completely opposite) the entire strategy that a
successful season is built upon.
October 4, 2012... The tale of two 2011 September collapses: The Boston Red Sox
finish the 2012 season with a 69-93 record while the Atlanta Braves rebound with a
October 3, 2012... ChipperJones singled to right in his final regular season at bat (hit
number 2,726). He finishes his career with a .303 avg and a .401 OBP. Definite Hall of
Fame credentials. Final HOFFS Score: 69.57.
October 3, 2012... Early Hall of Fame watch - There are only four active pitchers with
1000 Strikeouts and a .600 career Winning% that are under the age of 30 - Jeff
Weaver, Justin Verlander, Jon Lester, and Cole Hamels. Stay tuned.
October 2, 2012... Ken Rosenthal strikes again with his view that Mike Trout is a more
deserving MVP candidate than Miguel Cabrera. He's not the only one that shares this
belief. The problem with Ken is that his criteria changes with each season, so I just
can't take him seriously.
October 2, 2012... Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera, if successful in chasing down the
Triple Crown, will have perhaps the worst TC season all-time, statistically speaking.
Ted Williams' 1939 campaign was the best, followed by Mickey Mantle's 1956 effort.
I'm not disrespecting the achievement in any way, but if Cabrera gets the TC, he'll rank
last among the nine members of the group since 1930.
September 22, 2012... MLB makes an in-season rule change that disqualifies players
testing positive for PEDs for statistical awards. This was an obvious response to Melky
Cabrera's request to be ruled ineligible to win the batting title. MLB got this one right,
but why isn't the rule being made permanent? I understand the collective bargaining
ramifications, but don't see why the MLBPA would be opposed. It would be a public
relations disaster to voice opposition.
September 17, 2012... Cooperstown Correspondent Patrick Languzzi has posed the
question as to whether or not Catcher Mike Piazza belongs in the Hall of Fame
considering that he played in the Steroid Era. An unbelievable hitting talent, especially
for his position, Piazza scores 55.12 points in the HOFF System. That puts him in that
range where he is only one proven PED accusation away from being ousted from the
Hall of Fame. One unique quality of the HOFF System is that the score can be
changed if and when new information makes it necessary to do so. As of today's date,
Mike Piazza is a sure-fire Hall of Famer!
September 15, 2012... The world will be a better place when Joe Buck stops
comparing David Robertson to Greg Maddux.
August 21, 2012... So much talk about Mike Trout's season thus far and where he
would rank among the best rookie campaigns in baseball history. From a strictly
offensive perspective, Trout (right now with 40 games to go) is enjoying the 5th best
rookie season in history. The HOFF System puts him behind Ted Williams (1939), Hal
Trosky (1934), Albert Pujols (2001), and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). Trout can go up or
down from here depending upon how he finishes the season. Right behind Trout are
Wally Berger (1930), Fred Lynn (1975), and Frank Robinson (1956).