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MLB Bullets Gains Immortality

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Cooperstown comes knocking for Rock, Pudge and Bags. Mark Trumbo is still an Oriole.

Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

I sent in a blank Hall of Fame ballot to protest me not having a vote. I also point you to the 1926 New York Giants as a reason to not get worked up about Cooperstown. Six of the eight players in their starting lineup are in the Hall and all of them were 30 or under and in the prime of their careers that season. They finished three games under .500. Was their pitching that terrible? Nah, they actually had a better-than-league-average pitching staff. It’s just that Frankie Frisch and Bill Terry controlled the Veterans Committee for 20 years and used it to put all their old teammates into Cooperstown, whether they deserved induction or not. They also had some superficially impressive batting statistics, inflated by the offenses of the 1920s that looked better than they were in the pitching-dominated sixties and seventies.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.