DENVER — There’s delightful irony to Larry Walker’s sudden, enlightened leap from Hall of Fame dreamer to on-the-doorstep candidate.At the risk of jinxing it, Walker very well could become the first Rockies player to enter the Hall of Fame — and in describing the possibility as "surreal," he said this was never part of his plan.“It was playing in the Stanley Cup finals, not on a Hall of Fame ballot,” said Walker, a hockey player as a kid growing up in British Columbia.And there’s irony to how Walker has ascended on voters’ lists. Credit this one to baseball analytics. While the old guard downplays the numbers game, here's a member that could benefit from more information and clearer context. Walker went from earning 34.1 percent of the vote in 2018 to 54.6 percent of the vote in 2019. (Seventy-five percent gets you in.)What’s with his jump to the doorstep?The Rockies’ recent success can’t hurt, shining a positive light … [Read more...] about Blog: Hooray, Roy Halladay! Next to Cooperstown, Larry Walker? “Surreal,” he says.
Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner from Colorado who emerged as one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, has been selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The right-hander received 85.4 percent of the vote in his first year on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot, well above the 75 percent election threshold. When officially inducted July 21, he’ll become the second Coloradan in Cooperstown, joining relief pitcher Goose Gossage. Joining Halladay in Cooperstown as part of the 2019 class will be Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. Halladay, who starred at Arvada West and pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues, died in November 2017 at age 40 in the crash of a plane he was piloting. In the wake of his tragic death and the resounding Hall call, his local legacy now becomes more magnified. “Roy’s induction means a tremendous amount to Colorado baseball, and to the state in general,” said longtime Cherry Creek High School coach Marc … [Read more...] about Roy Halladay elected to Hall of Fame, where the late, dominant right-hander will be second Coloradan in Cooperstown
Todd Helton, an all-time Rockies great who spent each of his 17 major league seasons manning first base for Colorado, is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. But if recent history is any indication, Helton likely faces an uphill climb to become the first Colorado player inducted into Cooperstown because of the bias that BBWAA voters tend to hold against hitters who spent their careers playing home games at elevation. Helton hit .316 over his career from 1997-2013 with 369 home runs, and his JAWS (which measure a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness) is 53.9. To put that in perspective, that JAWS — buoyed by Helton’s 61.2 career WAR — ranks 15th among all first basemen in the history of the game. Saunders: Is Rockies great Todd Helton Hall of Fame worthy? Only three of those first basemen with better JAWS — Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Rafael Palmeiro — are not yet in the Hall of Fame. Pujols and Cabrera are still … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Todd Helton, on Hall of Fame ballot for first time, likely faces uphill climb to Cooperstown
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 11:55 p.m. UTC Aug 4, 2018 Michigan made the most of the past week in Cooperstown, N.Y. Several thousand Detroit fans descended on the tiny town in upstate New York to watch two Tigers legends, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, take their place among the game's legends as the newest Baseball Hall-of-Famers. Then, on Thursday night, a youth travel team based out of Rochester Hills was the last one standing in an elite tournament that began with 104 teams. The Motor City Hitdogs steamrolled their way to the weekly championship at serene Dreams Park, where thousands of kids from all over the country play throughout the summer at the complex that opened in 1999. "We knew we had something special," coach Tony Leonard said. "I told them to compete like they have never competed before; leave your mark. And that's what they did. They put on a show all weekend and everyone enjoyed watching." The Hitdogs went 11-0 to win the Week 9 championship, and … [Read more...] about Rochester Hills youth team dominates en route to Cooperstown championship
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 3, 2018 Hall of Fame weekend has passed, as has the non-waiver trade deadline, and the dog days of summer are officially here for the Detroit Tigers and those who write about them. George Sipple does not write about the Tigers anymore and the team has responded: Since the longtime Free Press sports writer filed his final story Sunday, the Tigers are 2-0. The two-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds was nice payback for a month and a half earlier, when the Tigers went to Cincinnati one game under the .500 mark. They would get swept, lose nine more games and spiral downward into the All-Star break. It has been written often about how this Tigers team seems to play harder than those in the past. About how they’re tougher. Also written — at least here — was how it would only get tougher as the season went on. Early on, they played an easy schedule. Then, they lost Miguel Cabrera. The bottom fell out. … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers mailbag: When will Casey Mize make his MLB debut?