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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Week 7 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER Maybe Larry David should have stayed in LA. Week 7 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”‘s Season 8 fell dangerously short in comparison to previous episodes of the season. Between the hackneyed plot of Rosie O’Donnell and Larry trying to win the heart of a bi-sexual woman, Jane, and the thoroughly L.A.-looking people and interior shots trying to pass as authentically New York, I found myself wanting more. The return of Leon certainly warranted a groan from the living room I was watching this episode in, and I get the feeling that it echoed across living rooms everywhere. Stories stopped and started all over this episode, and none of them seemed up to par with the typical Larry David antics that we have come to enjoy and cringe at.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Ultimately, I came down on the complete opposite side from Sonia on this one. As I expressed to her via email, she’s probably right. But I absolutely loved this episode. Continue reading

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Dale Murphy: HOF?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Don’t get me wrong: Dale Murphy had a terrific career. But ultimately, he had only an eight-year run during which he played like a Hall of Famer, and absent those eight years, wasn’t close to an elite performer. As a whole, that puts him behind a number of players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, either.

CHRIS PUMMER: To remove a player’s eight best years and say that without them he’s not a Hall of Famer is a silly argument. Nobody is a Hall of Famer without their best eight years. Continue reading

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Larry Walker: Hall of Famer?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I understand why Chuck Klein took so long to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sure, he’d put up terrific numbers, but they took place with Klein playing his home games for years at the Baker Bowl, a very generous hitting environment. He retired in 1944, and without stats that can appropriately adjust raw numbers to reflect era and ballpark, it was impossible to know just how good Klein was for many years.

Well, that’s not true of Larry Walker, and here’s what we know: he was offensively superior to Klein, along with nearly everyone else to play right field, and his career was about 10 percent longer than Klein, a 1980 inductee. In fact, Walker is better than many right fielders in the Hall-to find right fielders superior to him, one needs to look at the Hall’s inner circle. Walker is an easy choice.

CHRIS PUMMER: It’s not clear that it would be a travesty should Walker not make it into the Hall of Fame. That’s even before anyone mentions Coors Field and whatever benefit Walker may have gained in playing there.

If a extreme Big Hall guy like me is on the fence about Walker’s candidacy, then it’s hard to say he has a slam-dunk case. Continue reading

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Andy Pettitte: Hall of Famer?

While Andy Pettitte’s statistics currently put him on the fence, it’s his postseason reputation with the Bronx Bombers that will likely get him in.

It isn’t that Andy Pettitte would be a terrible choice for the Hall of Fame. But it is hard to see his case standing out from a number of his contemporaries who won’t come close. Continue reading

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Paul Konerko’s HOF Case

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Konerko for the Hall of Fame? Ridiculous, right?

Well, would your answer change if Konerko reached 500 home runs? My guess is, that gets him in. So with that stipulation…

CHRIS PUMMER: Konerko’s HOF case would rest on the assumption that voters are 1) still punishing steroid users and 2) prefer to see that one big round number like 500 home runs, instead of looking at a player’s total offensive contribution in context. Continue reading

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Jon Miller

JUSTIN JARRETT: It’s a shame that a generation of baseball fans is likely to remember Jon Miller as the guy who worked with Joe Morgan — and thus a guy who was too often subjected to the mute button — rather than one of the best play-by-play announcers of his time.

Miller gets a bad rap for his association with the universally-hated Morgan, but no one can argue against his voice or his knowledge of the game, and he certainly compares favorably to most of today’s national play-by-play guys.

SAM BORDEN: The best play-by-players are the ones that can overcome and shine through their often weaker analysts. I’m not a huge Miller guy, though I think much of it comes from the stuff he gets wrong — which, I imagine, often stems from him getting older. If I’d been more cognizant of him when I (and he) was younger, than maybe my view would be different.

ERIC NUSBAUM: I am one of those children of the West Coast. I grew up in LA listening to Vin Scully and devoted a great deal of my youthful energy to hating the San Francisco Giants. And yet I find myself a fan of Jon Miller. Continue reading

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Nomar: HOF?

CHRIS PUMMER: There’s no sly or colorful way of trumpeting the obvious here — that Nomar Garciaparra is pretty far from enshrinement in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The Hall of Fame case for Nomar Garciaparra is far stronger than I expected it to be, though like Chris, I think he does fall short. Continue reading

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Bigger Snub: Alomar or Blyleven?

HOWARD MEGDAL: There were many people on the 2010 Hall of Fame ballot I think belong in the HOF. Barry Larkin should be an easy one, with a 116 OPS+ and terrific defense at shortstop. Alan Trammell for similar reasons. Tim Raines for a long career that only pales in comparison to Rickey Henderson. And as Rich Lederer has taught us, Bert Blyleven is a Hall of Famer as well.

None of these oversights were as egrigious as Roberto Alomar, perhaps a top-five second baseman all-time. He’s a Hall of Famer with room to spare.

DAVE TOMAR:only Nolan Ryan ranks above Blyleven in strikeouts, wins and shutouts. I’ll state this again so it sinks in that this guy only has two years of HOF eligibility left. Only Nolan Ryan, who was inducted with a 98.79% vote in his first year of eligibility, has more wins, strikeouts and shutouts than Bert Blyleven. Continue reading

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The Pujols Paradox

CHRIS PUMMER: Albert Pujols is great. So great that the Cardinals really have no choice but to try everything within reason to keep their homegrown star and surefire Hall of Famer. Just understand the uneasiness and discomfort that settles in their stomachs when writing the check.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I happen to believe the Cardinals will never have cause to regret signing Albert Pujols to a contract matching Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $300 million deal. Continue reading

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Pete Rose: Hall of Fame?

CHRIS NEEDHAM: It’s time for the Hall of Fame to do right by Pete Rose.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I tend to be receptive to the argument that with many other flawed human beings in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Pete Rose and his 4,256 career hits belong there as well.

But try as I might, I can’t summon up the outrage necessary to write in support of him, make up placards, and demonstrate outside of the vaunted halls of Cooperstown, NY. Continue reading

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