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2013, New Candidates

2013 New Candidates

 

It's all in the elbow.

It’s all in the elbow.

There is a terrible disappointment among our 2013 newbies. No, not the steroids revelations. Not that some have taken some too long to get into the Coop. Not that Julio Franco didn’t get his full chance. Not that Barry Bonds was colluded against preventing him from reaching 3000 hits. None of that.

The terrible disappointment is that Craig Biggio couldn’t find a way to lean into two more pitches. Just two lousy pitches separate him from the all-time record for plunkings:

Hit by Pitch Leaders
1. Hughie Jennings 287
2. Craig Biggio 285

Look, I’ve never been hit by a 95 MPH fastball, let alone a hanging 80 MPH slider, so I can’t say what Biggio was truly up against. But the guy wore Arthurian-era armor around his elbow and made a career-long practice of hanging that elbow into inside pitches. During his last season, that painful march to 3,000 hits in which he cost his team two wins in his personal quest, couldn’t he have stepped into two or three more pitches? Especially once he got that special hit? He finished with 3,060 hits after all!

Look, I might be a little off-the-wall when it come to oddball baseball records, but settling for the “modern” baseball record for HBP seems silly. Lots of guys have 3,000 hits (by which I mean 29 today, 27 during Biggio’s career), but only one man can have the all-time HBP record. A record that’s stood since 1903! Why wouldn’t you want that record? OK, maybe because it requires risk of injury. But that had never stopped Biggio at any other time from diving into the path of that little spinning bee bee.

All I’m saying is, he could have had both: 3,000 hits and the HBP record. He managed only 3 HBPs in his last season after years of 20 or more. I just don’t think he thought that one through. But then, it’s not my elbow.

F= Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member

NEW FOR 2013

Craig Biggio (F,M,S)
Barry Bonds (M,S)
Jeff Cirillo
Roger Clemens (M,S)
Steve Finley
Julio Franco
Kenny Lofton (S)
Mike Piazza (M,S)
Reggie Sanders
Curt Schilling (M,S)
Jason Schmidt
Sammy Sosa (S)
Jose Valentin
David Wells

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One thought on “2013 New Candidates

  1. Will be most interested in your take on Lofton.
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    Posted by verdun2 | July 8, 2015, 7:29 am

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