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January 11, 2006


Bud Norton

Yeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you a bit here. Bill James called Rice the most overrated player of the last 30 years in his most recent Baseball Historical Abstract. Rice's stats were cooked because of playing in Fenway. And even with that short wall to turn fly balls into doubles, his adjusted OPS is nothing to write home about and his mediocre OBP shows that his high batting averages were empty figures; he consistently led the league in one category: GIDP, because he was slow. Below-average fielder. Also, and the dealbreaker for me: his "era" was fairly short: he had one monster year, 1978, and was a force to be reckoned with from 1979-83, but then the rot set in. At age 30. That being said, I suppose the writers would vote him in if he were known as "Sunny Jim" or "Gentleman Jim" rather than "That Fn Jerk Who Wouldn't Talk to Anyone," but I'm not losing sleep over this one.

Blyleven should get in, definitely; anyone who could go 19-7 for the 1984 Indians should be in Cooperstwon..


funny thing is that it's goose gossage that's calling any radio shhow across the country who will listen to whine about it.
TRAGIC thing is that somehow the idiot baseball writers who vote the worst are being put on the air to defend themselves. how great a country is it where you can parlay being a world class ass into fame?

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