COG Round 102 Results: Voters Shout for Speaker

Hall of Fame outfielder Tris Speaker earns induction to the COG as an easy first ballot winner in the 102nd round of COG balloting. The all-time doubles king, Speaker compiled a remarkable 133.7 WAR over 22 seasons, including 15 straight campaigns (1909-23) above 5 WAR. Speaker’s career milestones exceeding 3000 hits, 1500 runs, 1500 RBI and 400 stolen bases have been matched by only one other player – his exact contemporary Ty Cobb.

More on Speaker after the jump...

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Quiz – “10-40, Good Buddy” (solved)

All of these pitchers had a career winning record with 100 ERA+, all played in the American League, and all but three played for the Yankees. But, what distinguishes these pitchers among all others since 1914?

Rk Player 1 Dwight Gooden 2 Dave Ferriss 3 Vic Raschi 4 Tim Hudson 5 Tiny Bonham 6 Roger Clemens 7 Chien-Ming Wang 8 Mike Mussina 9 Barry Zito 10 Hank Borowy Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 8/15/2015...
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Circle of Greats 1887 Balloting, Part 2

This post is for voting and discussion in the 104th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This is the second of two rounds adding to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1887. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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Billy Pierce 1927-2015

Billy Pierce, one of the game’s top pitchers during the 1950s, has died at the age of 88. Pierce debuted as a teenage fill-in for the Tigers in 1945 before moving on to the White Sox where he spent most of his career, teaming up in 1959 with Early Wynn and Dick Donovan to lead the Pale Hose to their first AL championship in 40 years. Pierce would finish his playing days with the Giants and play a key role in San Francisco’s pennant-winning season in 1962...

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Quiz – Power Hitters (solved)

The players in this quiz include some of the great sluggers in baseball history. But, what is the career accomplishment of which only these players can boast?

Rk Player 1 Hank Aaron 2 Barry Bonds 3 Mel Ott 4 Frank Thomas 5 Manny Ramirez 6 Albert Pujols 7 Carlos Delgado Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 8/1/2015.

Hint: an active player may join this group later this season.

Congratulations to David P and Scary Tuna!...

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Ichiro Watch

Ichiro Suzuki picked up two hits last night to move past 2900 for his career. He’s on pace to finish this season somewhere around 2925. Will he get another season to reach the finish line? I’ll look at that question after the jump.

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