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The Pro Football HOF Announces their 2018 Semi-Finalists

Can we say again how much we love “Hall of Fame Season”?The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Semi-Finalists are out and it brings out many familiar faces.Let’s get right to the 27 Semi-Finalists:Steve Atwater: Safety, DEN 1989-98 & NYJ 1999. Atwater is a Semi-Finalist for the seventh year in a row and he was a two time All-Pro Selection. Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.Ronde Barber: Cornerback/Safety, TB 1997-2012. Barber is entering his first year of eligibility and is a three time First Team All-Pro Selection. Barber helped the Buccaneers win Super Bowl XXXVII. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com. Tony Boselli: Offensive Tackle, JAX 1995-01 & HOU 2002. Boselli is a Semi-Finalist for the third time and was a five time Pro Bowl Selection. He was also a three time First Team All Pro. Ranked #81 on Notinhalloffame.com.Isaac Bruce: Wide Receiver, LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09. Bruce is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth straight time and is a four time Pro Bowler. Bruce had 15,208 Receiving Yards over his career, which is fourth all-time overall. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com. LeRoy Butler. Safety, GB 1990-01. While Butler has been Hall of Fame eligible since 2007, this is his first appearance as a Semi-Finalist. Butler was both a four time First Team All Pro and Pro Bowl Selection and he is also a Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.Don Coryell: Coach, STL 1973-77 & SD 1978-86. Don “Air” Coryell is a Semi-Finalist for the tenth time and for the ninth year in a row.Roger Craig: Running Back, SF 1983-90, LAR 1991 & MIN 1992-93. Craig returns as a Semi-Finalist for the tenth time in a row. He is a former NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1988) and a three time Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.Brian Dawkins: Safety, PHI 1996-08. Dawkins is a Semi-Finalist for the second year in a row and was a Finalist last year, which was his first year of eligibility. He went to nine Pro Bowls and was chosen for fo

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Joe Morgan wants the voters to exclude all PED users

Well that didn’t take long.Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Joe Morgan, who also is the Vice-Chairman of the Hall and a member of the Board of Directors has sent a letter to the voters urging them not to vote for PED users. Rather than dissect the letter, we are showing it in its entirety below:Dear BBWAA Hall of Fame Voter: Over the years, I have been approached by many Hall of Fame members telling me we needed to do something to speak out about the possibility of steroid users entering the Hall of Fame. This issue has been bubbling below the surface for quite a while. I hope you don’t mind if I bring to your attention what I’m hearing. Please keep in mind I don’t speak for every single member of the Hall of Fame. I don’t know how everyone feels, but I do know how many of the Hall of Famers feel. I, along with other Hall of Fame Baseball players, have the deepest respect for you and all the writers who vote to decide who enters Baseball’s most hallowed shrine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For some 80 years, the men and women of the BBWAA have cast ballots that have made the Hall into the wonderful place it is. I think the Hall of Fame is special. There is a sanctity to being elected to the Hall. It is revered. It is the hardest Hall of Fame to enter, of any sport in America. But times change, and a day we all knew was coming has now arrived. Players who played during the steroid era have become eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame. The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent. Many of us have come to think that silence will be considered complicity. Or that fans might think we are ok if the standards of election to the Hall of Fame are relaxed, at least relaxed enough for steroid users to enter and become members of the most sacred place in Baseball. We don’t want fans ever to think that. We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. St

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The 2018 Baseball HOF Ballot is out

Ah, the road to the Class of 2018 is officially underway as the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been released with 33 candidates who are on the ballot.The candidates in alphabetical are:Barry Bonds: Bonds is on his sixth ballot and enjoyed his biggest jump last year with a 53.8% finish. That increase gives a lot of hope to the PED associated players for Hall of Fame entry. He is ranked # 2 on Notinhalloffame.com.Chris Carpenter: Carpenter is on his first ballot and the former Starting Pitcher went 144 and 94 and won the Cy Young Award in 2005. He was also a three time All Star.Roger Clemens: Like Bonds, Clemens enjoyed a significant increase in his vote tally moving up to 54.1%. If the seven time Cy Young Award winner enjoys another gain in his sixth year on the ballot we could see him inducted before his time on the ballot ends. He is ranked #1C on Notinhalloffame.com.Johnny Damon: Damon is on his first ballot and will struggle to make a second. He was a two time All Star and a two time World Series Champion. He is ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com.Vladimir Guerrero: Guerrero is on his second year of eligibility and came off a 71.7% result. The 2004 American League MVP likely we will see enough of a rise to gain entry to Cooperstown. He is ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.Livan Hernandez: A two time All Star, Livan Hernandez had a career record of 178 and 177. This is his first time on the ballotTrevor Hoffman: Hoffman was only one percentage point away from Cooperstown last year, thus only a marginal increase in his third year of eligibility should get him in. His 601 career Saves puts him second all-time and he is also a seven time All Star. He is ranked #20 on Notinhalloffame.com.Orlando Hudson: Making his first appearance on the ballot, Hudson would go to two All Star Games and was a four time Gold Glove winner.Aubrey Huff: Huff would accumulate 1,699 Hits and 242 Home Runs over his career. He is also a two time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Gia

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Our Top 50 All-Time Minnesota Twins are now up

Again, did we ever say this would be fast?We here at Notinhalloffame.com have completed our next all-time top 50, this time that of the Minnesota Twins.As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following: Sabremetric tallies while with that team, mostly WAR. Traditional metrics and how they finished in their respective league overall. Playoff accomplishment. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.Here is something else worth noting: While the Minnesota Twins really don’t acknowledge much of their Washington Senators past, this is part of it according to the official history of the organization according to Major League Baseball. The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame may not have any Senators in it, but this list does…until MLB tells us not to recognize this as franchise history.The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in our news. They are: Walter Johnson Rod Carew Harmon Killebrew Kirby Puckett Joe Mauer So which team is up next?The New York Yankees, the most successful team in North American team sports. Look for that in a week.As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your support.

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RIP: Malcolm Young

We lost a legend today.Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and co-founder of the Australian Hard Rock band, AC/DC passed away today at the age of 64 following a battle with dementia. Young formed AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, and the two would emerge as one of the most powerful guitar duos in rock history. Malcolm was not just a guitarist, but was a featured songwriter, credited on every song from their 1975 debut (High Voltage) to their last one in 2014 (Rock or Bust). It was shortly after the release of that album where he was forced to retire due to his illness. His last concert with the band was in 2010 in Spain.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences the fans, friends and family of Malcolm Young.

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Carlos Beltran Retires

A very significant (and expected) retirement took place today as Carlos Beltran of the Houston Astros announced today that he was calling it a career. Beltran is 40 years old, and played 20 years in the Majors, punctuated by a World Series win in his final game. Let’s get right to what we usually talk about here at Notinhalloffame.com when a player of this magnitude retires; is Carlos Beltran a Hall of Famer?Our first reaction is…maybe.Beltran has very good traditional statistics. Nine All Star Games. 2,725 Hits. 435 Home Runs. There are a lot of Hall of Fame outfielders that have similar numbers and when you look at the advanced metrics, Beltran’s “on the fence” case is further enhanced. The native Puerto Rican has a career bWAR of 69.8, eight all-time at this position and higher than HOFers Duke Snider, Andre Dawson, Richie Ashburn and Billy Hamilton. The average JAWS of a Hall of Fame Centerfielder is 57.9, of which he is close at 57.1, so this does look Cooperstown worthy, though Kenny Lofton has a comparable career bWAR and JAWS of 68.2 and 55.7 respectively and he failed to get past the first ballot.What works against Beltran is that he was never really close to being the MVP in any year (his highest finish was 4th in 2006) and there was never a consensus that he was the best at this position. Still, this is an excellent candidate who we will enjoy debating in depth over the next five years. Beltran will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2023.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Carlos Beltran for the on-field memories and we look forward to see what he will do next!

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The Toy Hall of Fame announces the 2017 Class

The Toy Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2017, which comprises Clue, the Wiffle Ball and the paper airplane. These three beat out the other finalists of Risk, Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers and Uno.The board game of Clue was first adopted in the United Kingdom after World War II. In addition to selling millions of games worldwide the game was adapted into a film.The Wiffle Ball was created nearly sixty years ago by an American looking to slow down the speed of a regular baseball. Millions of balls each year are manufactured.The origin of the paper airplane is unclear though it is believed to be dating back to the 15th Century. It is likely to still be built by young minds in the next five hundred years. The Toy Hall of Fame is part of the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. The Hall has been in existence since 1998.

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The Modern Era Baseball Committee announces their Finalists

The “Hall of Fame” season is really amping up. The Baseball Hall of Fame Modern Era Committee has announced the ten finalists for consideration. This new Committee covers those who participated from 1970 to 1987.The nominees are:Steve Garvey: Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com. Garvey was a ten time All Star and was named the 1974 National League MVP. He accumulated 2,599 Hits with a .294 Batting Average with 272 Home Runs. He was on the ballot for the fifteen full years finishing as high as 42.6 %. Tommy John: Ranked #16 on Notinhalloffame.com. John won 283 Games and is a four time All Star. A two-time Cy Young runner-up, John had 2,245 Strikeouts over his career. He was on the ballot for fifteen years peaking at 31.7% on his final year of eligibility.Don Mattingly: Ranked #54 on Notinhalloffame.com. Playing his entire career with the New York Yankees, Mattingly was the American League MVP in 1985. Mattingly went to six All Star Games and had a career Batting Average of .307 with 222 Home Runs. He would also win the 1984 Batting Title. He was on the ballot for fifteen years with a high of 28.2% in his first year of eligibility.Marvin Miller: The head of the Players Association from 1966 to 1982, salaries skyrocketed under his tenure.Jack Morris: Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com. Morris would win 254 Games and is a four time World Series Champion. He was on the ballot for fifteen years and came very close with a 67.7% finish in his fourteenth year. Dale Murphy: Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com. In a career spent mostly with Atlanta, Murphy was a back-to-back MVP winner (1982 & 1983) and blasted 398 Home Runs. He was a five time All Star. On the ballot for fifteen years, Murphy peaked at 23.2% in 2000.Dave Parker: Ranked #28 on Notinhalloffame.com. “The Cobra” was the 1978 National League MVP and hit 339 Home Runs over his career. He was also a two time World Series Champion. He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 24.5% in his second year

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RIP: Roy Halladay

It is a very sad day for many baseball fans.Hours ago, former Pitcher Roy Halladay passed away in a plane crash. Halladay was flying his single-engine plane over the Gulf of Mexico and was the only one in the aircraft. He was only 40 years old.A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Halladay would win that coveted award in both leagues. Splitting his career between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay retired in 2013 with a record of 203 and 105 with 2,117 Strikeouts. An eight time All Star, he pitched a perfect game in 2010 and followed up with a no-hitter in the post season.Halladay is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Roy Halladay.

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame announces their Finalists

While we do not rank those who are not in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, we have always felt that it is an institution worth covering. As such it is significant news to us that Finalists have been announced.Let’s get right to the nominees shall we?Mariah Carey: Carey co-wrote 17 of her 18 number one hits. Nobody has more charttoppers than Carey.Tracy Chapman: Chapman is a very acclaimed singer/songwriter mostly known for hit, “Fast Car”.Jimmy Cliff: An induction for Cliff would help represent the sparse reggae genre.Alice Cooper: Cooper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago.Tom T. Hall: Hall wrote 11 number one Country songs, though he did not perform all of them.Chrissie Hynde: The lead singer of the Pretenders is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Isley Brothers: The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.Alan Jackson: Jackson entered the Country Music Hall of Fame last year and has sold 80 million albums world wide. He had 35 number one hits on the Country Charts.Kool & The Gang: The group had two number one hits in R&B and eleven top ten hits on that chart.John Mellencamp: Mellencamp is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.N.W.A.: Following Jay-Z’s induction as the first rapper to the Hall, N.W.A. could be the second. They have already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Tom Waits: Waits entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.The non-performing nominees are:Bill Anderson: Anderson wrote thirty-six songs that went to the top ten on the Country Charts including seven number ones. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine: The songwrtiers wrote many hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn and the Four Seasons. Mike Chapman: Chapman wrote hit songs for The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and Tina Turner.Steve Dorff: A Country music songwriter.Jermaine Dupri: Dupri co-wrote may hits for Mariah Carey and Usher.Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan: The duo would be successful in the Country Music genre throu