Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IBWAA SELECTS VLADIMIR GUERRERO AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ IN 2017 HALL OF FAME VOTE

IBWAA SELECTS VLADIMIR GUERRERO AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ IN 2017 HALL OF FAME VOTE
 
Los Angeles – In its eighth annual Hall of Fame election, the IBWAA selected Vladimir Guerrero and Ivan Rodriguez, both with 84.54% of the vote (175 votes). A 75% threshold is required for election.
 
Mike Mussina came up one vote short, finishing in third place with 74.88%, followed by Trevor Hoffman (73.91%), Barry Bonds (73.43%) and Roger Clemens (71.50%). There are 470 members in the IBWAA; 208 voted in this election.
 
Jeff Bagwell (2015), Edgar Martinez (2016) and Tim Raines (2015) did not appear on the 2017 IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot because they have already been honored in previous IBWAA elections.
 
With those exceptions, the IBWAA ballot was identical to the one used by the BBWAA. All voting is done electronically.
 
Per a group decision in January, 2014, the IBWAA allows members to vote for up to 15 players, instead of the previous 10, beginning with the 2015 election. In the 2017 election, 92 members voted for 10 or more candidates. Seventeen members voted for 15 candidates. The average vote per member was 8.94.
 
Complete voting results are as follows:
 
 
Player Name
Votes
Percentage
Iván Rodríguez
175
84.54%
Vladimir Guerrero
175
84.54%
Mike Mussina
155
74.88%
Trevor Hoffman
153
73.91%
Barry Bonds
152
73.43%
Roger Clemens
148
71.50%
Curt Schilling
120
57.97%
Larry Walker
117
56.52%
Manny Ramírez
109
52.66%
Gary Sheffield
91
43.96%
Fred McGriff
85
41.06%
Billy Wagner
84
40.58%
Jeff Kent
80
38.65%
Sammy Sosa
68
32.85%
Lee Smith
65
31.40%
Jorge Posada
32
15.46%
Tim Wakefield
8
3.86%
Jason Varitek
7
3.38%
Matt Stairs
6
2.90%
Magglio Ordóñez
5
2.42%
Edgar Rentería
4
1.93%
Arthur Rhodes
2
0.97%
Derrek Lee
2
0.97%
J.D. Drew
2
0.97%
Pat Burrell
2
0.97%
Casey Blake
1
0.48%
Melvin Mora
1
0.48%
Mike Cameron
1
0.48%
Carlos Guillén
0
0.00%
Freddy Sánchez
0
0.00%
Orlando Cabrera
0
0.00%
 
Ballot tabulations by Brian Wittig & Associates.
 
The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections being announced in November. The IBWAA also holds a Hall of Fame election in December of each year, with results being announced the following January.
 
In 2010, the IBWAA began voting in its own relief pitcher category, establishing the Rollie Fingers American League Relief Pitcher of the Year and the Hoyt Wilhelm National League Relief Pitcher of the Year Awards.
 
Among others, IBWAA members include Jim Bowden and David Schoenfield of ESPN.com; Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports; Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Hardball Talk; Bill Chuck, GammonsDaily.com; Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Jon Heyman and Jesse Spector, Today’s Knuckleball; Danny Knobler, Bleacher Report; Kevin Kennedy; Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated; Will Leitch, Sports on Earth; Bruce Markusen, Hardball Times; Ross Newhan; Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com; Tom Hoffarth and J.P. Hoornstra Los Angeles Daily News; Pedro Moura, Los Angeles Times; Tracy Ringolsby, MLB.com; Ken Rosenthal, FoxSports.com; Eno Sarris, FanGraphs; and Bill Arnold.
 
Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers, with a $75 lifetime fee. Discounts for groups and scholarships are available. Members must be 18 years of age to apply.

For more information please visit 
www.ibwaa.com.

Contact:
 
Howard Cole
Founding Director, IBWAA
baseballsavvy@aol.com
 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yankee Doodle Dandies By Harvey Frommer

Yankee Doodle Dandies
   By Harvey Frommer



We are into January 2017 but come September THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK by yours truly will make its debut. What follows is just a sampling of “ultimate” content. Enjoy. Reactions always welcomed.

Travel by Airplane        
          In 1946, the Yankees became the first team to regularly travel by airplane. The team leased a United Airlines plane nicknamed the "Yankee Mainliner.” Despite the advantages of flying, four players, including Red Ruffing, still chose to take the train.
                                                   
Mascot
The Yankees are one of four teams today lacking a mascot. From 1982 until 1985, the team mascot was Dandy, a pinstriped bird.  That did not work out.

Hideki Matsui
Before becoming a Yankee, Hideki Matsui recorded the second-longest consecutive games played streak in Japanese baseball history - 1,250 straight games.
                                                  
Elaine’s                
          George Steinbrenner liked to dine at Elaine's on Second Avenue in Manhattan. With his team at home, he would often partake of an early supper.

                                                  Mantle’s Locker
Yankee outfielder and future broadcaster Bobby Murcer took over Mickey Mantle's locker after “the Mick” retired in 1968

                              Yogi Berra, Mosts, a Partial List

            Most postseason games - Yogi Berra holds the record for appearing in the most postseason games - 75. In his 19 year career, Berra and the New York Yankees went to the postseason 14 times. Since Berra played during the years before divisional play, all of the games he appeared in were World Series games, meaning he also holds the record for most World Series games appeared in. The great Yankee also holds the record for most World Series at-bats with 259, and is third behind Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth in World Series homeruns, with 12. 

                                  Yogi Berra, Everywhere!                                  
            Bill Bevens' No-Hitter Broken up By “Cookie” Lavagetto October 3, 1947; Yogi was there as the Yankees catcher.
          Sandy Amoros catch October 4, 1955; Yogi was there as Yankee catcher and smacked the ball that Amoros caught down the left field line.
            Don Larsen' perfect game, October 8, 1956; Yogi was the catcher.
           Bill Mazeroski's home run, October 13, 1960; Yogi was there as the Yankees left fielder.
          Home Run Number 61 by Roger Maris, October 1, 1961; Yogi was there as Yankee left fielder for part of the game.       
    Willie McCovey's line shot to Bobby Richardson, October 16, 1962; Yogi was there as a part time player on the bench.
 Chris Chambliss home run in ALCS, October 14, 1976, Yogi was there as Yankees coach.
Reggie Jackson's three home runs, October 18, 1977; Yogi was there as a Yankee coach.
           The Bucky Dent Home Run, October 2, 1978; Yogi was there as Yankees coach.
                      George Brett battles Goose Gossage, October 10, 1980, Yogi was there as Yankees coach.
            Yogi Berra was there after the Yankees fired Billy Martin on December 16, 1983 and took over as Yankee manager.
            David Cone's Perfect Game, July 19, 1999, Yogi was being honored on "Yogi Berra Day"
On the field, in the dugout, in the clubhouse, throwing out a first ball, Lawrence Peter Berra did his thing during the 2001 World Series.

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 4ist year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 43 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.

A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at:   http://frommerbooks.com/

Monday, January 2, 2017

ULTIMATE YANKEES - Advance Praise for Harvey Frommer's New Book

Ultimate Yankees Advance Praise


“Take a tour through the history of the New York Yankees! Name a player, manager, owner, general manager, or broadcaster…they are all here. Harvey Frommer leads us through the decades as easily as touring the greatest cities in the world. And of course, that’s what he’s doing...guiding us through the greatest sports franchise in history, the New York Yankees!"-– Suzyn Waldman … NY Yankees Radio Broadcaster
“Now I remember why I stopped reading....so much stuff...and what can an old
Cardinals' fan say but, 'Damn those Yankees.’ Stan Musial once said,'Baseball records?
The Yankees had 'em all.' Harvey Frommer's book proves it."
-– Dave Kindred, author of "Sound and Fury,"
a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell
"Yankee fans will want to keep Harvey Frommer's Ultimate Yankee Book right
next to their chair alongside the peanuts and Crackerjacks. Surprising nuggets
of Yankee lore adorn each page and will keep readers returning to its pages over
and over again." -- Glenn Stout, Author The Selling of the Babe &
Series Editor, 
The Best American Sports Writing
"A must read for Yankee fans and Yankee haters alike. No team anywhere has this
kind of history and Harvey Frommer is the perfect tour guide for a stroll down
memory lane." -- Len Berman, Broadcaster/Author
"I thought I knew a lot about the Yankees but I learned something new on almost
every page of this terrific and terrifically fun book."
-- Jonathan Eig, author Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
“This brand new book by America’s Baseball Author is a MUST read!"
-- Seth Swirsky, author of Baseball Letters
"From the very first page it's all there: the big names; the great moments; the
thrill of pinstriped victory. Harvey Frommer has really outdone himself.
This book is a veritable feast to be savored by all Yankee fans."
-- Peter Golenbock, author of The Bronx Zoo, Number 1, Balls, and 7
"It's all here. Everything you ever wanted to know about the most storied sports
franchise in American history. Even Red Sox fans should get in on this so they'll
know all about the enemy."
-- Dan Shaughnessy,
author The Curse of the Bambino Sports columnist/Associate Editor Boston Globe
“Do you want to know about the history of baseball? Then start with the history of
the New York Yankees, and there is no better place to start then The Ultimate
Yankee Book.  I guarantee you this, it’s the most valuable guide to the Bronx
Bombers Baseball Almanac will have in its research library."
-– Sean Holtz Baseball Almanac (www.baseball-almanac.com)
"One of my favorite baseball authors, Harvey Frommer goes beyond the statistics
in his latest work, touching all the bases on nicknames, spring training, and even
retired numbers -- assuming the Yankees have anything left to retire! It's a
reference to treasure not only for fans of the Yanks but for lovers of baseball
history." --Dan Schlossberg, Former AP sportswriter and author of 38 baseball books
"There are many books written about the New York Yankees and their illustrious history.
But now, for the first time, there is the "ultimate" book about the New York Yankees.
If you are looking for the book that covers everything Yankees, then "The Ultimate Yankee
Book" is the choice. No book covers the amount of information that "The Ultimate Yankee
Book" does. This is really the one-stop, has-it-all book that will give any Yankees fan or
baseball historian their entire fill of nothing but Yankees baseball. This is the ultimate read
and the must-have book for any baseball and Yankees literature collection. Grab your copy
today and begin learning about everything you could ever want to know about the
New York Yankees."
-- Bradford H. Turnow, Owner - UltimateYankees.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SPORTS BOOKSHELF By Harvey Frommer

SPORTS BOOKSHELF
By Harvey Frommer
Success is the Only Option, College Football’s Greatest
  • Success Is the Only Option

For holiday giving and holiday getting, there are two books that should there for you on your sports book list. One is full of life lessons from one of the top college basketball coaches The other is a book you will want for your coffee table and for your browsing and for others to pick up and enjoy.
 Success is the Only Option by John Calipari (Harper, $27.99, 266 pages) is filled with lessons on life learned on the basketball court that are most applicable to living one’s life. Leading, inspiring, planning – all of these and more are part of the Calipari way to success on the court and in life. Filled with methods and examples, like Calipari –this terrific tome is a winner.
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College Football’s Greatest (Sports Illustrated, $32.95, 256 pages, 200 photographs) is a coffee table sized book is honed in on ranking the Top Ten in more than 20 categories in college football. Quarterbacks, running backs, Coaches, Most Entertaining Players, Overall Programs and Rivalries and other relevant categories are given the up close and personal look.  The prose is on target and the images are exquisite and appealing. A COLLECTIBLE    

And finally is my acclaimed WHEN IT WAS JUST A GAME: REMEMBERING THE FIRST SUPER BOWL, now in paperback: http://www.lyonspress.com/book/9781493026753

Dr. Harvey Frommer, is in his 20th year as professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl. A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/ The prolific author ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK is slated for publication in 2017.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Trading Days and Nights By Harvey Frommer

Trading Days and Nights
By Harvey Frommer


          This is the time of year when baseball trade talk is all the rage. Where will Chris Sale wind up? What about Andrew McKutchen? And there are other “name” players out there rumored to be on the move like Justin Verlander, Ryan Braun, Justin Turner and others.
      Day after day in this baseball hot stove season we are treated to news of deals that have been made and others that might be made.
        And all else fails there is always the special route of Joe Garagiola who bragged, "I went through my baseball life as 'a player to be named later.' "
     Most trades wind up uneventful or as someone said, "It all comes out when you wash the uniforms."
    But there have been a couple of deals through the years that were steals for some teams and big-time blunders for the others.
   There are two such deals that stand out above all others.
         On June 15, 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals sent Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz and Doug Clemens to the Chicago Cubs. In return, the Redbirds received Jack Spring, Paul Toth and a speedy runner named Lou Brock, who went on to become their franchise player. It was a steal for Cardinals and a big-time blunder for the Cubs.
    On December 10, 1971, the New York Mets acquired third baseman Jim Fregosi from the California Angels for a young, hard-throwing pitcher named Nolan Ryan. It was a steal for the Angels and a big-time blunder for the Mets.
     "The American League and the California Angels seemed like a million miles away," Ryan told me when I was writing "Throwing Heat," Ryan's autobiography. "I read that Gil Hodges (the manager then) approved the deal, that he wanted Jim Fregosi, and that he thought I was the starting pitcher he would miss the least."
   How wrong he was.
  And then there was November 18, 1954. The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles began a trading binge that ended 15 days later. In all, seventeen players were involved, in one of the most massive trades in baseball history.
    The Yankees received pitchers Don Larsen, Bob Turley, and Mike Blyzka. They also obtained catcher Darrell Johnson, first baseman Dick Kryhoski, shortstop Billy Hunter and outfielders Tim Fridley and Ted del Guercio. Baltimore obtained pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Bill Miller, catchers Gus Triandos and Hal Smith, second baseman Don Leppert, third baseman Kal Segrist, shortstop Willy Miranda and outfielder Gene Woodling.
     Larsen went on to be an asset for the Yankees and pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. Turley was a sturdy starter for years. The rest just blended away underscoring baseball immortal Branch Rickey's slogan: "Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late."

Dr. Harvey Frommer, is in his 20th year as professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl. A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/ The prolific author ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK is slated for publication in 2017.