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.