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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sickness is...

continually checking on MLBTradeRumors.com and other baseball related sites for Hot Stove League news even though I know the chances of anything happening on the Sunday before the Winter Meetings is about as likely as the Electoral College voting Chipper Jones into the presidency.

In other news, I don't know who to write a Hall of Fame profile for today. Here's your choices:

Jay Bell
Mark Grace
Ron Gant

Why them? I have cards ready for them. First one mentioned in the comments will be written about today.

8 comments:

night owl said...

I know you'll have all kinds of good things to say about Ron Gant. So I'll say Ron Gant.

Mark said...

Mark Grace! I don't know if you'll have anything good to say about him, but he's absolutely my favorite and since you started these posts I've been waiting with bated breath to read what you have to say....

The Bartender said...

#17 from the Chicago Cubs - Mark Grace!

dayf said...

Ok, Gant Today, Grace tomorrow.

Jay Bell.............

wheneva.

Andy said...

Why bother? All three have no chance for HOF. Grace is by far the best of the three and he'll be lucky to stay on the ballot for more than 1 year.

deal said...

Don't figure about Ron Gant the Phillie years. He played for a lot of lean teams here. His career is definitely in the what could have been column.

Eric Stephen said...

I still remember what a huge deal it was for Gant to get his 30/30 in back-to-back years (1990 & 1991). At that time, only Willie Mays had achieved 30/30 in back-to-back seasons.

I was at Dodger Stadium in late September 1991 to watch two clubs battle it out for NL West supremacy. The Dodgers were a half game up on Atlanta heading into the weekend series with about 2 weeks left in the season.

I was a freshman in high school, and was sitting in the LF bleachers with my friend and his dad. Gant was sitting on 29 HR and 30 SB for the season, following his 32/33 in 1990.

In the 6th inning, Gant made history by launching a ball that seemed headed right for our seats! It was all in slow motion, as the ball descended well within our reach. My friend was in the best position, and reached his gloveless hand toward the ball. As the ball touched his hands, he started to squeeze to secure this prized possession...and was then pushed in the back by a man twice his age, and size. My friend lost control of the ball, and it ended up among a scrum of many a few rows up.

So close to history!

Eric Stephen said...

I forgot, this was the game:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN199109200.shtml