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The New York Mets announce four new names for their franchise HOF

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 New York Mets will be inducting will be inducting Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, Edgardo Alfonzo and Al Jackson into their franchise Hall of Fame. Appearing for a handful of games in 1971, Matlack was named the 1972 Rookie of the Year and he would go to three consecutive All-Star Games (1974 to 1976).  With the Mets, he appeared in 203 Games with a record of 82-81 with 1,023 Strikeouts. From Hawaii, Darling was an All-Star in 1985, and was a member of the Mets 1986 World Series Championship Team.  He would have six straight 12 Win seasons, all of which would not see him lose in double digit figures.  Darling would have a 99-70 record with 1,148 Strikeouts for the Mets. Alfonso played for New York from 1995 to 2002, and he was an All-Star in 2000.  The Infielder would have 1,136 Hits for the team with 120 Home Runs.   Jackson was an original Met who would have a 43-80 record as a Pitcher. He enters as a contributor who served the club for decades as a coach, minor league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front office advisor.    This quartet brings the Mets Hall of Fame membership to 30.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the soon to be new members of the Mets Hall of Fame for earning this honor.

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Conchita Martinez and Goran Ivanisevic to enter the International Tennis HOF

The International Tennis Hall of Fame have announced that Conchita Martinez and Goran Ivanisevic will be inducted this summer as the 2020 Player Group Inductees. From Spain, Conchita Martinez made history in 1994 when she became the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon.  That was the only Grand Slam Singles she would capture, but she did win 12 more titles on the tour.  Martinez also won the French Open in doubles twice, and while representing Spain, she helped her country win five Fed Cups and individually she won the Gold Medal in the Atlanta Olympics, and also was a two-time Silver Medalist (1992 & 2004). From Croatia, Ivanisevic was the most unlikely Wimbledon winner in history, as the previous three-time runner-up was admitted to the tournament in 2001 as a wild card entry.  He would also win 22 other tournaments and was a member of the 1995 Davis Cup Championship team.  In the 1992 Olympics, he won the Bronze in both Singles and Men’s Doubles. The official induction will take place on July 18 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our congratulates to both Martinez and Ivanisevic.

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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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The Colorado Rockies to retire Larry Walker'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 huge news that the Colorado Rockies will be retiring the number 33 of former Outfielder, Larry Walker. After playing for the Montreal Expos for six seasons, he would sign with Colorado as a Free Agent for the 1995 season.  Walker, who was already an All-Star in Montreal, would ascend to greater heights in Colorado.  With the Rockies, the Canadian slugger would go to four All-Star Games, and would win three Batting Titles.  Walker won the 1997 National League MVP, while also capturing five Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers with the Rockies. This is the final year that Walker is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it is considered that he has approximately a 50/50 shot for Cooperstown. Walker joins Todd Helton (#17), and the league wide retirement of #42 of Jackie Robinson. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Larry Walker for earning this prestigious honor.

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A look at the Drew Pearson snub

When the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 10 new members from the player’s senior pool, that meant that 10 former legends were left off.  While there was a sizable groan in the Rocky Mountains when former Bronco, Randy Gradishar was left off, the most “visible” one was in Texas, as former Cowboys Wide Receiver, Drew Pearson, was also left off. We use the word “visual” because KTVT from Plano, Texas was on hand to record his reaction.  When he wasn’t chosen, Pearson could not contain his disappointment: “They broke my heart.  They broke my heart; and they did it like this! They strung it out like this.” Pearson is referring to the broadcast on the NFL Network, which began at 7 AM EST.  While most people did not expect that they would go right into the announcement of who was chosen, nobody thought that the inductees would be announced in a reality show format, that dragged across nearly two hours.  The NFL Network did not state at the beginning that the announcements would be spread out over such a long duration of time.  The agony for those not chosen, and the families thereof, had to be excruciating.   Pearson’s frustration continued: “Can’t do nothing about it. Can’t catch no more damn passes. Can’t run no more routes.  It’s there.  What upsets me more is when they say you don’t deserve it.  They talk negative about you.  There’s nothing negative about my career in the NFL. Nothing!” If we were to hazard a guess as to when the mood of the room changed, it had to be when fellow Wide Receiver, Harold Carmichael was announced to the Hall.  He wasn’t just announced on the NFL Network, he was there on hand to discuss the selection.  If he was there, he was obviously told ahead of time, and Pearson and all of the others in that room had to feel that their chances just plummeted. While Pearson may have taken a chance having his reaction filmed live, there was no reason that he would have thought the broadcast would announce the new inductees in that staggered pattern.  None of us did.  This had let to minimal speculation that Hall of Fame President, David Baker, has been milking camera time and exposure for the Hall.  That train of thought began when he appeared on both the CBS and FOX playoff broadcasts to tell Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson respectively that they were now Hall of Famers; leading to some feeling that…