Nice column. I read through the comments hoping to read some cool ideas, but ...
Just reflecting on Hudson a little bit, I think he is seriously underrated. He's not Felix Hernandez, but he's been an excellent pitcher for a long time.
In the all time rank on Baseball Reference, they've got him a few spots ahead of David Cone and Orel Hershiser.
Top 10 Cy Young 4 times, but only 3 All-Star games.
I know wins are a faulty stat, but I was surprised to find out he and Halladay were so close there.
Halladay: 201 wins, 103 losses in 409 games since 1998. Career ERA 3:35
Hudson: 200 wins, 105 losses in 412 games since 1999. Career ERA 3.42
In strike outs, Halladay has the edge but not by as much as I thought. 1825
2097. 275 Ks divided by 15 years is only about 18 more Ks each year.
The innings pitched between the two are practically identical: 2717 to 2719.
Halladay is a 2 time Cy Young winner and 8-time All Star.
The perception of most baseball fans (me included before this) would be to say Halladay is a much, much better pticher, but why? Tough to say media bias because Halladay was in Toronto for so long. He did play in the AL East so that probably helped.
Suppose Hudson wins 16 games this year and the next, then 10 or 12 in his finale. He'll be sitting there with 240 wins for his career. That's even with Juan Marichal, more than Whitey Ford and Catfish Hunter, and 10 behind Jack F-ing Morris and Bob Gibson.
Hall of famer? Maybe not. But I bet Halladay gets in. And then it's Jim Rice and Dale Murphy all over again.
Sorry to see, but nicely explained. It says on the day you get the paper, so I guess that means if we have a weekend subscription, we can only get it online Saturday and Sunday.
Other local websites that "make money" don't have to pay a big staff to write stories. One person can rewrite TFP stories and post press releases.
I would add any bowl games played after the BCS championship game to your mountain. Pro Bowl is getting close.
Maybe this one hit too close to home for Bumpkin.
To second BlueOval, Bobby Jones has to be on there. Not only as a player, but as the guy who started the Masters.
Babe Ruth also has to be on the list for bringing home runs to baseball. He out homered several opposing teams in his big years.
Wilt, Jerry and Tiger probably also on my list.
Also, don't forget that Garth went out to be a Padre in 1999. http://www.planetgarth.com/news/article.php?cid=00261
What's up with MLB ditching the Third-then-first-faux-pickoff-move? I saw the article in the Sunday paper. Yes, it's a useless play, but it's part of tradition! What's next? Replay?
Chipper's response to Moyer accusing him of stealing signs:
"I don't know what the problem was," Jones said. "I was literally having a conversation with the shortstop when he stepped off and said that. I don't know why he's so paranoid. But to be honest with you, every pitch he throws is 78 [mph]. So it's not like we really have to relay signs."
Oh and how about the way Harper responded to getting plunked. He steals home two batters later. I like this kid. Just wish he played in a different division.