This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will be restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility. This part one of our eighth “redemption round” (we’ve been holding such redemption rounds interspersed among the regular voting rounds every tenth voting round or so) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots.
The 91st round of voting for the Circle of Greats inducts Hall of Famer Lefty Grove, one of a select few to win election in their first round on the COG ballot. Grove, who was already 25 when he debuted in the majors, was the anchor of the Philadelphia Athletics rotation in their championship seasons of 1929-31. During his time with the A’s, Grove compiled 7 consecutive 20-win seasons, a streak that included three consecutive 25-win campaigns, both records in the live ball era. When Connie Mack traded away his stars after the A’s dynasty had run its course, Grove landed in Boston only to encounter a dead arm that signaled the end of his days as a fireballer. No problem – Grove reinvented himself as a finesse pitcher and recorded over 100 wins with the Red Sox, the last number 300 of his career.
More on Lefty Grove after the jump.
Here’s a rundown on this week’s action in the junior circuit.
Here’s a look at some of the NL action this weekend.
Marlins@Mets – Mets sweep second straight series
- It was the best of times – the Mets now 8 game win streak is tied with the 1986 world championship team for the earliest streak of that length in franchise history, both starting in the 6th game of the season.
- It was the worst of times – the Marlins, touted by some as NL East favorites, have stumbled to a 3-10 start; their only worse beginnings were at 2-11, two seasons ago en route to a 13-41 mark on May 30, and in 1998 after their post-championship fire sale
More after the jump.
On this Jackie Robinson day, I’ll look at the Dodgers’ series with the Mariners and the other inter-league action this week.
More after the jump.
The 90th round of voting for the Circle of Greats inducts Hall of Famer “Bucketfoot” Al Simmons, winning election in only his third round on the COG ballot as he edged out contemporaries Carl Hubbell and Paul Waner in a close three-way race. Simmons was a fixture on the powerhouse As teams of the late 1920s and early 1930s, recognized as one of the top hitters in the game and also one of the better outfielders. His manager Connie Mack, hardly known for sentimentality, kept just one picture of a former player in his office – Simmons’. When asked which player had been most valuable to the As, Mack replied “If only I could have had nine players named Al Simmons.”
More on Al Simmons after the jump.
Two series into the new season, and the AL Central leads the way with two unbeaten clubs. A review of the weekend action in the junior circuit after the jump.
Filling in for my partner, John Autin, here’s the season’s first installment of Game Notes.