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Justin Morneau named to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Minnesota Twins will be inducting Justin Morneau in their franchise Hall of Fame. Playing 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins (2003-13), the Canadian born First Baseman would go to four consecutive All-Star Games (2007-10) and would win the American League MVP in 2006 when he had 34 Home Runs, 130 RBIs with a .321 Batting Average.  Morneau would win two Silver Sluggers for the team, and overall as a Twin, he smacked 221 Home Runs, 860 Runs Batted In with a Slash Line of .278/.347/.485. The ceremony will take place on May 23 against the Chicago White Sox. He becomes the 34thmember of the Twins Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Justin Morneau for earning this honor.

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The Giants will retire Eli Manning and Michael Strahan's number

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that New York Giants co-owner, John Mara, stated in a recent interview that Eli Manning and Michael Strahan will have their numbers retired. Sort of. This is what he said about Eli’s number: “It’s retired.” When asked to clarify, Mara responded: “Not yet.  We’ll do Michael’s (Strahan) announcement another day, but Eli’s will be retired.” As for when that will happen is anyone’s guess.   Wearing #10, Manning announced his retirement this past Friday.  Playing at Quarterback, Manning threw for 57,034 Yards and 366 Touchdowns, and led the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both over the New England Patriots.  He was named the MVP in both of those games, and he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025. As for Strahan, he has already been inducted into Canton, which occurred in 2014.  Like Manning, Strahan played his entire career with the Giants and he was the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year.  The seven-time Pro Bowl won a Super Bowl in his last game in the league.  He wore #92, which has never been issued since his retirement. At present, the Giants have retired the numbers of Ray Flaherty (#1), Tuffy Leemans (#4), Mel Hein (#7), Phil Simms (#11), Y.A. Tittle (#14), Frank Gifford (#16), Al Blozis (#32), Joe Morrison (#40), Charlie Conerly (#42), Ken Strong (#50) and Lawrence Taylor (#56). We here at Notinhalloffame.com are looking forward to these events in the future and are hopeful that the Giants will move on this action soon.

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RIP: Kobe Bryant

This is a terrible day for sports.   This is a terrible day, period. It was announced today on TMZ that Kobe Bryant passed away today in a helicopter crash near his home in Calabasas.  He was 41 years old. Playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was not just one of the best players of his era, he is considered amongst the greatest players of all-time.    Over his career, Bryant won five NBA Championships, won two scoring titles, was an 18-time All-Star and 15-time All-NBA Selection.  He is fourth all-time in Points, and was just passed by current Laker and playoff foe, LeBron James.  Internationally, he led the United States to two Gold Medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games. “The Black Mamba” was considered to be one of the hardest-working players in basketball, and his desire to win had few equals.  The Lakers famously retired both of his numbers (#8 and #24), marking the first time that happened in the NBA. Bryant is entering his first year of eligibility for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which he was expected to get in and be the headliner of a group that would also include Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh.  Sadly, this will now be not only a tribute to his NBA career but also of his life. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans, and family at this time.

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Eli Manning Retires

Speculated all year, Eli Manning will announce his retirement from the National Football League at a press conference tomorrow. Drafted in 2004 with the third overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, Manning did not want to play for the Bolts, and he was quickly dealt to the New York Giants, where he would play his entire career.  A four-time Pro Bowl Selection, he would take the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both against the heavily favored New England Patriots, the first of which was when the Pats were undefeated going into the big game.  Notably, he was the Super Bowl MVP in both of their title wins. Manning lost his starting job this year to rookie, Daniel Jones, but Manning finished the season when Jones went down to injury. He retires with 57,023 Passing Yards with a TD-INT ratio of 366-244. Manning will likely be the most polarizing Hall of Fame candidate if he isn’t already.  The younger brother of Peyton, is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, but was never a First or Second Team All-Pro, and has a .500 record as a starter.  He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025. In our pre-season rank of potential Hall of Famers, Manning was ranked #22.  Along with Luke Kuechly and Antonio Gates, three of our pre-season top twenty-five selections have now retired. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Eli Manning for the gridiron memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

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Derek Jeter and Larry Walker named to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball fans talk about this every day, and we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Let’s take a deep dive look into those chosen, those left off, and those who are off the ballot completely. To the surprise of nobody, former New York Yankee infielder, Derek Jeter enters Cooperstown on his first year of eligibility.  Jeter entered on ___ of the ballot, and he joins his fellow career-Yankee, Mariano Rivera, as back-to-back first ballot Hall of famers.  Jeter would win five World Series Rings, was a 14-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and he would accumulate 3,465 Hits, 260 Home Runs and a .310 Batting Average. Jeter was denied a unanimous vote as one voter elected not to put the x by his name. Jeter is joined by Larry Walker, who was in his last year of eligibility.  It is an incredible story, as Walker debuted on the ballot in 2011 with only 20.3% of the ballot.  He dropped as low as 10.2% in 2014, and only crept back to 21.9% in 2017.  He shot up to 34.1% in 2018, and rocketed to 54.6% last year. The momentum was rocketing for Walker, and he becomes the second Canadian to enter the Hall. So, what changed?  Part of it is a re-evaluation of the Coors Field effect.  Another part is that the backlog of players has cleared. Perhaps, the biggest part is the recognition that regardless of what diamond he played on, that this is a former MVP who was a bona fide five-tool player.  That is rarified air.  He received 76.6% of the vote. The former player who came closest is Curt Schilling who garnered 70% of the vote, who bluntly should have been in years ago based on his statistical accomplishments.  With a bWAR of 79.5, 3,116 Strikeouts and three World Series Rings, Schilling was a clutch performer who was at his best when the lights were at his brightest.  In Schilling’s fourth year of eligibility, he received 52.3% of the ballot, but comments against the media and other right-wing charged diatribes rubbed voters the wrong way, and he dropped o 45.0% in 2017.  Last year, he climbed to 60.9%. Forgive us, as we are going to lump Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds together.  How can we not?  Clemens was the best Pitcher and Bonds was the best hitter without debate, but both are associated with PEDs (though neither was ever caught during their playing days), and both have…

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The Houston Astros announce their franchise HOF Class of 2020

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such it is huge news that Houston Astros have announced their second franchise Hall of Fame Class. The timing is not getting a lot of exposure, as the Astros are embroiled with stealing signs scandal that has transfixed the game.  Nevertheless, this organization ushered in something special last year with their franchise Hall of Fame, and it is time for us to celebrate that. These six individuals will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the Astros home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8. Those six are: Lance Berkman:  The third member of the “Killer B’s”, Berkman played for Houston from 1999 to 2010, where he was a five-time All-Star, and in all of those seasons, he finished in the top seven in MVP voting.  Berkman showed power with a pair of 40 Home Run Seasons, and would smack 326 taters with 1,090 RBIs for the Astros.  Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees in 2010, and he left there with a Slash Line of .296/.410/.549. Cesar Cedeno:  From the Dominican Republic, Cedeno was with Houston from 1970 to 1981 where he was a four-time All-Star.  Cedeno had three seasons where he batted over .300, and he would lead the NL in Doubles twice.  From 1972 to 1976, he won a Gold Glove and he would also have six straight 50 Stolen Base seasons, totaling 487 for the team.  Cedeno also could go deep, as shown by his 163 Home Runs with Houston.  He would have 1,658 Hits, with a .289 Batting Average for the Astros. Roy Hofheinz:  Hofheinz was the former Mayor of Houston, and part of the group that the Majors to Houston. Roy Oswalt:  Debuting for the Astros in 2001, Roy Oswalt would finish in the top five in Cy Young voting in five of his six first seasons.  The three-time All-Star would have two 20 Win campaigns, won the ERA Title in 2006 and would have a 143-82 record for Houston.  He also would strike out 1,593 batters. Billy Wagner:  One of the more dominating relief pitchers of his day, Wagner went to three All-Star Games with Houston, and would win the National League Rolaids Relief Award in 1999.  He would record 225 Saves…

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NFF Begins Moves to Secure Ovie, Dessers Nigeria Allegiance Switch

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has begun moves to ensure that the pair of Heracles Almelo forward, Cyriel Dessers and Reading midfielder, Ovie Ejaria get to play for the Super Eagles.There are valid reports the NFF is trying to convince both Ejaria and Dessers to switch international allegiance to Nigeria and have filed their applications to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).One of Reading’s standout performers this term has been 22-year-old Ejaria, with the Liverpool loanee having lit up the Championship for much of the season so far since arriving at the Madejski Stadium last summer.With three goals and three assists in 22 Championship outings, Ejaria has really thrived under the stewardship of Mark Bowen with the Welshman having deployed the youngster largely in a central midfield role that has given him licence to roam.Ejaria will no doubt prove to be a key cog in any real push for the play-offs that Reading manage to pull off between now and the end of the season with the youngster offering both goals and creativity that will prove vital.This is what the NFF has seen and are already working on for the player to switch international…

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Iwobi Posts Injury Update That Will Please Everton And Super Eagles Fans

Alex Iwobi has posted an injury update that will certainly please Everton and Super Eagles fans.The Nigeria international has not played a competitive match for the Toffees since suffering a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the goalless draw against Arsenal on December 21.Iwobi has not been available for selection for as many as five games – against Burnley, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove in the Premier League and Liverpool in the FA Cup.Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti suggested that the injury will keep the Nigerian sidelined for three weeks and it appears his recovery went according to plan as he has started individual training at USM Finch Farm. Writing on Instagram, Iwobi said : “Back Soon”.Before Iwobi's injury-enforced absence, he had played 20 matches in all competitions, scoring two goals, following his deadline day move from Arsenal last summer.Everton, who are 11th in the standings after 22 games, travel to West Ham United in their next Premier League match.

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Nigerian billionaire vows to buy Arsenal

Nigeria billionaire Aliko Dangote has suggested that he intends to buy Arsenalwithin the next two years.The Gunners are currently owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, and there has been no recent indication that they are planning an imminent sale.However, Dangote, who is regarded as the richest man in Africa, has revealed that he has plans to purchase the Premier League giants in the near future.Speaking to The David Rubenstein Show, Dangote said: “We will go after Arsenal from 2020. Even if somebody buys, we will still go after in.”It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying today is we have $20bn worth of projects and that's what I really want to concentrate on.”I'm trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can. I'm not buying Arsenal right now, I'm buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I'm trying to take the company to the next level.”As recently as August, director Josh Kroenke suggested that KSE had long-term plans for the North London side.

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FK Senica Striker Is Top-Scoring Nigerian Teenager In The Whole Of Europe

FK Senica striker Samson Akinyoola is the top-scoring Nigerian teenager in Europe's First Leagues so far this season.The 19-year-old has registered his name on the scoresheet three times in the Fortuna League, with the goals coming in his last nine matches in the division.Akinyoola, who was signed from 36 Lion in September, opened his account for the season on matchday 10 against Pohronie, before scoring in back-to-back games against Michalovce and Ruzomberok in November 2019.Antalyaspor's Paul Mukairu and OFK Titograd's Simeon Ajanah-Chinedu are both in second place with two goals each.Just 19 years of age, Mukaru has received rave reviews from the media after breaking into the first team of Antalyaspor in his first season as a professional and one of his goals was against the big Istanbul club Besiktas back in November.It is interesting to note that Kwara Football Academy product Ajanah-Chinedu, 19, is a central defender. He used to play for Katsina United and ABS domestically before moving to Europe.Another 19-year-old, Tenton Yenne, a product of the famous GBS Football Academy that produced Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu, has scored once for FK Senica while producing three assists.