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#37082 - 12/13/02 12:35 AM HOF Veterns Committee Candidates
stanthemanfan
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The Veterns Committee finalists ballot was released today. Take a look - who do you think has a chance? Bill Maz went in last year.

1. Curt Flood - great numbers, great career. My opinion - will get a serious look from the committee.

2. Rocky Colavito - don't knock the Rock. Also deserving.

3. Gil Hodges - long overdue for a spot in Cooperstown.

The rest of the bunch - Roger Maris, Ted Kluszewski, Thurman Munson, Don Newcombe, Allie Reynolds, Joe Torre, & Maury Wills.

My prediction - Gil Hodges!


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#37083 - 12/13/02 01:50 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: stanthemanfan]
srs1a
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STMF,

IMHO, not the strongest list of candidates... of the top 3 that you list (correctly, I think), none got 2000 hits (Hodges 1900+, Flood 1800+, Colavito 1700+), none hit for a career .300 (Flood was close at .293), and none hit 400 HRs (Hodges 370 and Colavito 374). So, it's not hard to see why they aren't in the Hall today.


I think Mr. Hodges is the sentimental favorite -- I couldn't really say otherwise -I live in Brooklyn!



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#37084 - 12/13/02 03:53 PM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: stanthemanfan]
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I think Gil Hodges is deserving.

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#37085 - 12/16/02 01:48 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: stanthemanfan]
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How about some of the still forgotten Negro Leaguers...."Gentleman" Dave Malarcher, Alexander Radcliffe. Perhaps Flood and Marvin Miller for their trailblazing labor movement (for good or for bad) efforts??
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#37086 - 12/16/02 03:03 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates
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Didi any of the candidates mentioned in the first post lose time to military service in WW2 or Korea?
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#37087 - 12/16/02 04:48 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: vayank]
stanthemanfan
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I looked only at Gil Hodges. 1944 - 1946 show his military service. In 1943 he played in only a few games. His first 3 years after this absence generated about 30+ HRs, 250 RBIs, 300 hits. If you tack these on to his career stats, you could arrive at the following improved numbers.

2200 career hits
400+ HRs
1450 + RBIs

Certainly, not Rob Neyer-like analysis, but the argument that Hodges goes over 400 HRs, 2000 hits and nearly 1500 RBIs is pretty easy to agree on if he played during the early-mid 40's.



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#37088 - 12/16/02 05:27 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: stanthemanfan]
srs1a
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Agreed. Excellent point on the military service -- I missed it completely.
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#37089 - 02/26/03 06:31 AM Re: HOF Veterns Committee Candidates [Re: stanthemanfan]
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So, no one made it in this time...interesting result, but not so crazy IMHO.


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