Hall Monitor

As much as I hated his two years with the Mets (and vice versa I’m sure) I take no pleasure in knowing that baseball writers denied Smilin’ Robbie Alomar election to the Hall of Fame. Alomar’s shortfall was one of a half-dozen disappointments the voters delivered today and another blow to the dignity of the Hall of Fame — an institution that’s become harder and harder to take seriously every year.

Andre Dawson — a borderline guy but a feared hitter with counting-stat bonafides — got in while Tim Raines, Bert Blyleven, Alan Trammell, Barry Larkin and Edgar Martinez ought to have but didn’t. As for Alomar, he was a no-brainer even before he arrived with the Mets and his skills summarily went down the toilet. It’s easy to forget his attitiude never won raves even when he was playing well and that his skills never returned even after the Mets cut him loose.

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I got citation from the Police the other day — The Mets Police.

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A MLB.com story mentioned that Jason Bay chose 44 as a tribute to a boyhood idol, Eric Davis. Now there’s a guy whose route to the Hall of Fame took a sudden wrong turn.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    I still remember the day he was traded from the Mets

    Submitted by 9th String Catcher (not verified) on Thu, 01/07/2010 – 1:09pm.
    Gary Cohen tore him a new one on WFAN during the pregame. I had never heard him criticize someone so directly, that’s how bad Alomar was.

    Was he a ‘roid guy? Did that have anything to do with the snub?

    Greenie Withdrawl?

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Thu, 01/07/2010 – 1:24pm.
    Steve Phillips remarked once that he acquired a player who’d stopped using amphetamines and whose game subsequently suffered. He didn’t name names but I’m guessing he wasn’t referring to Mo Vaughn.

    Take that for what it’s worth, since my take on this is is that Phillips’ lack of due dilligence is the real villain in the Alomar to the Mets story. I think he was always something of a diva and a weenie, and getting traded near the end of his career didn’t sit well with him at all and I’m sure it didn’t help whatever aches and pains he was having as well.

    I’m sure he will get voted in next time, but as a friend said earlier today, life is short.

    I think the snub was largely

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Thu, 01/07/2010 – 1:41pm.
    I think the snub was largely due to the spitting incident and a general lack of warmth with sportswriters.

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