Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Is Jeff Bagwell a Hall of Famer?

The Astros finally dumped Jeff Bagwell today. Here are his career stats....... http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/scomp.cgi?I=bagweje01:Jeff+Bagwell&st=career. Look at some of the players to whom he compares: Ken Griffey, Jr., Mickey Mantle. OK, now no one would ever question the HOF credentials of those players. But then look at some others -- Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield, Andres Gallaraga -- guys who probably don't make it. So suppose Bagwell never plays again. He certainly had a better statistical career than Willie Stargell or Orlando Cepeda. But Bagwell was only an all-star 4 times (compared to 7 each for Stargell and Cepeda). Based upon his clear statistical superiority to Stargell and Cepeda and Tony Perez, I think Bagwell gets in, but expect a lot of old crusty HOF ballot-holders to ask how we keep McGriff or Gallaraga out if we put Bagwell in....

Social Value of Porn

http://www.slate.com/id/2152487/?nav=tap3. Thoughts?