2016 Baseball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Ken Griffey,Jr. and Mike Piazza, the newest inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Piazza was one of the greatest offensive catchers in the history of the game, while Griffey is the second greatest baseball player ever to emerge from Donora, PA

A big thumbs down to the baseball writers for failing to induct Jeff Bagwell, Alan Trammel and Tim Raines on this go-round

MLB FRANCHISE PLAYERS

The results of MLB’s Franchise Player polls – where I disagree my choice is in parens ( )

Greatest Living Players
Hank Aaron
Johnny Bench (Barry Bonds)
Sandy Koufax (Roger Clemens)
Willie Mays

Greatest Negro Leagues Players
Cool Papa Bell
Josh Gibson
Buck O’Neil
Satchel Paige

Greatest Pioneers
Walter Johnson
Nap Lajoie
Christy Mathewson
Cy Young

Angels
Vladimir Guerrero
Nolan Ryan
Tim Salmon
Mike Trout

Astros
Jeff Bagwell
Lance Berkman (J. R. Richards)
Craig Biggio
Nolan Ryan

Athletics
Dennis Eckersley
Jimmie Foxx
Rickey Henderson
Reggie Jackson

Blue Jays
Roberto Alomar
Joe Carter
Carlos Delgado
Roy Halladay (Dave Stieb)

Braves
Hank Aaron
Chipper Jones
Greg Maddux (Eddie Mathews)
Warren Spahn

Brewers
Cecil Cooper
Rollie Fingers
Paul Molitor
Robin Yount

Cardinals
Lou Brock (Frank Frisch)
Bob Gibson
Rogers Hornsby
Stan Musial

Cubs
Ernie Banks
Ryne Sandberg (Hack Wilson)
Ron Santo
Billy Williams

D-backs
Paul Goldschmidt
Luis Gonzalez
Randy Johnson
Curt Schilling

Dodgers
Don Drysdale
Sandy Koufax
Jackie Robinson
Duke Snider

Giants
Barry Bonds
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey (Christy Mathewson)
Buster Posey (Juan Marichal)

Indians
Bob Feller
Tris Speaker
Jim Thome
Omar Vizquel (Napolean Lajoie)

Mariners
Ken Griffey Jr.
Felix Hernandez
Edgar Martinez
Ichiro Suzuki (Alex Rodriguez)

Marlins
Jeff Conine
Mike Lowell
Gary Sheffield
Giancarlo Stanton

Mets
Keith Hernandez
Mike Piazza
Tom Seaver
David Wright

Nationals/Expos
Gary Carter
Andre Dawson
Vladimir Guerrero
Tim Raines

Orioles
Jim Palmer
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Frank Robinson

Padres
Tony Gwynn
Trevor Hoffman
Randy Jones
Dave Winfield

Phillies
Richie Ashburn
Steve Carlton
Robin Roberts
Mike Schmidt

Pirates
Roberto Clemente
Bill Mazeroski
Willie Stargell
Honus Wagner

Rangers
Adrian Beltre
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan
Michael Young (Juan Gonzalez)

Rays
Evan Longoria
David Price
James Shields
Ben Zobrist

Red Sox
Pedro Martinez (Roger Clemens)
David Ortiz (Jim Rice or Dwight Evans)
Ted Williams
Carl Yastrzemski

Reds
Johnny Bench
Barry Larkin (Big Ed Rausch)
Joe Morgan
Pete Rose

Rockies
Andres Galarraga
Todd Helton
Troy Tulowitzki
Larry Walker

Royals
George Brett
Dan Quisenberry
Bret Saberhagen
Frank White

Tigers
Miguel Cabrera
Ty Cobb
Hank Greenberg
Al Kaline

Twins
Rod Carew
Harmon Killebrew
Tony Oliva
Kirby Puckett (Bert Blyleven)

White Sox
Harold Baines (Eddie Collins)
Paul Konerko (Luke Appling)
Minnie Minoso (Ted Lyons)
Frank Thomas

Yankees
Joe DiMaggio (or Yogi Berra)
Lou Gehrig
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth

Mount Rushmore – Atlanta Braves

1) Henry Aaron
2) Warren Spahn
3) Chipper Jones
4) Eddie Mathews

Anyone who doesn’t put “Hammerin’ Hank” at the top of this list isn’t paying attention.

Warren Spahn is the winningest pitcher in the history of the franchise, the winningest left-hander of all time and perhaps the most consistent pitcher in the history of the game. Spahn was a hard worker who underwent four off-season knee surgeries in the days before arthroscopic surgery. I defy you to look at his career log and tell me when he had those surgeries.

The Braves were blessed to have two of the five greatest 3Bs of all time play for them

Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux don’t measure up to Spahn. I always felt that if Maddux played in the AL, where they didn’t give the really wide strikes, that he would have been much less successful.