Edgar Martinez has been elected into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
Now he’s got his sights set on Cooperstown.
At times, Greg Maddux’s mastery of the strike zone truly seemed effortless.
Fastball down-and-away – on the black – for strike one. Fastball in on the hands for strike two. Change-up away for strike three.
Pitch after pitch, strike after strike for the average-looking right-hander who elevated “control” to a new definition in the 1990s.
Paul Lo Duca didn’t become a regular in the big leagues until he was 29 years old. But he quickly made up for lost time with a string of accolades and All-Star Game appearances.
Now, Lo Duca is a candidate for the ultimate honor.
Todd Jones filled every bullpen role imaginable in his 16-year big league career. But it was as a closer where Jones made marks that still appear on the record books today.
Now, Jones finds himself on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.
Jacque Jones emerged from college with a combination of speed and power that made scouts take notice.
And soon after his big league debut in 1999, Jones was making the rest of the American League notice him and his talented Minnesota Twins teammates.
Heralded as a consummate professional hitter, he brought a World Series title to Arizona, while providing a spark in the middle of lineups for 19 years.
Now, Luis Gonzalez finds himself on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot, one of 36 players on the 2014 ballot for the Class of 2014.
Tom Glavine never lit up the radar gun, so opposing batters often came to the plate anticipating a good at-bat.
But in most cases, those same batters trudged right back to the dugout – victimized by a steely-eyed strike thrower who overwhelmed opponents with control and determination rather than speed.
For three seasons, Eric Gagne was as close to perfect as a relief pitcher can be. And in the wake of those seasons, Gagne left a record that may be as unbreakable as any in the game.
Gagne, owner of 187 career saves, debuts on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot this fall, one of 36 players on the 2014 BBWAA ballot for the Class of 2014.
Ray Durham’s combination of power and speed landed him at the top of some of the most potent lineups of the last two decades.
Now it’s landed him on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot.
Durham, a two-time All-Star who averaged almost 90 runs scored a year over his 14-year big league career, makes his debut on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot this year. Durham is one of 36 players on the 2014 BBWAA ballot for the Class of 2014.