Hey there, Gabbers. Confession time: I started the Franchise project at a bit of a complicated time. My girlfriend just got back from 6 months in Brazil. I ran down to Akron, Ohio on Thursday to see family for a day, then I had to shoot up to the Cleveland area to get to the airport to see her in. I didnít get to play romantic though, because she managed to catch an earlier flight and catch me off guard. So no time for flowers or anything like that. I was more impressed I made it from Akron to Painesville in an hour with the 60 mph highways here. Beeze, I donít know how you put up with it.
Anyways, being on the road I try to check in while I can and I figured Iíd take this opportunity to fill folks in. Weíve got some great responses to the post so far. Iíd like to thank Beeze for throwing it on our Facebook group, as that thought didnít cross my mind. Iím going to provide a link to the discussion, but you can still find it in the MLB tab.
Just to sum things up, hereís the positions weíve kinda locked in. As Iíve said before, if you donít like what weíve done, just let us know who youíd prefer to see for your team. Leave us some reasons or maybe some numbers.† Hereís what we have so far:
Atlanta Braves: Hank Aar4on OF/1B (nominated by B-Dub)
Boston Red Sox: Ted Williams OF (nominated by Fragnoli)
Cleveland Indians: Bob Feller SP (nominated by The Beeze)
Colorado Rockies: Todd Helton 1B (nominated by Norm)
New York Yankees: Babe Ruth OF (nominated by ScottyJax)
Oakland Athletics: Rickey Henderson (nominated by BOB) with the best reasoning weíve come up with thus farÖ
Pittsburgh Pirates: Roberto Clemente OF (nominated by The Beeze)
San Diego Padres: Tony Gwynn OF (nominated by Norm and BOB)
San Francisco Giants: Willie Mays OF (nominated by BOB)
Seattle Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. OF (nominated by B-Dub and ScottyJax)
Texas Rangers: Nolan Ryan SP (nominated by B-Dub and ScottyJax)
Hereís our close races. Itís no surprise we have as many. The guys we have already are a whoís who, but some teams are just hard to nail down to one player. I didnít figure weíd have as much trouble with the Astros, but weíve had three names brought up. Hereís what weíve got:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Craig Counsill, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson
Baltimore Orioles: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Boog Powell
Chicago Cubs: Ryan Sandberg, Ernie Banks
Chicago White Sox: Frank Thomas, Harold Baines
Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose
Detroit Tigers: Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg
Houston Astros: Craig Biggio (heís pretty much got it wrapped up), Jeff Bagwell, J. R. Richards
Los Angeles Dodgers: Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax
Marlins: Edgar Renteria, Jack McKeon, Kevin Brown, Jeff Conine
Milwaukee Brewers: Robin Yount, Paul Molitor
Minnesotas Twins: Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbeck, Joe Mauer
St. Louis Cardinals: Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock
Tampa Bay Rays: Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields
Toronto Blue Jays: Joe Carter, George Bell, Jack Morris
Washington Nationals/Expos: Gary Carter, Andre Johnson, Vladimir Guerro, Andre Dawson, Tim Rains, Dennis Martinez, the Alou family
This is by no means finished, so feel free to throw out extra names. Now, thereís a few that have more or less been narrowed or have only really received one name. Some should already be posted, but as I said at the start, Iíve been a little busy. Here they are:
Kansas City Royals: George Brett
Los Angeles Angels: We havenít had any nominations hereÖ Darin Erstad, Tim Salmon, Troy Glaus, Jered Weaver
New York Mets: Tom Seaver
We have a little narrowing to do, but weíve put in a nice list here.
So, Prince Fielder won the home run derby. A lot of folks in Detroit were excited. I was exactly the opposite. With the offensive slumps the Tigers have had as a club, the last thing we need is for Prince to jack up his swing in the derby. The guy always puts on a show in the derby, but winning it is a lot like the Madden Curse. It should be awesome to win it. It gets the fans that can still stand Chris Berman jacked up. The fact that most of the previous winners or participants have fallen off afterwards is still a bit concerning.
Said jink didnít affect last yearís winner: Robinson Cano. Cano came into the break with 15 Hr and hitting .296. After the break, he got 13 Hr and brought his average up to .309. He also had a nice post season with 2 Hr, 9 RBIs and a .318 avg. Hopefully, Prince talks to Robby about keeping his swing.
Thatís it for this week. Hope you folks enjoy the game tonight. Iíll be running around Port Clinton, OH for a little. Itís a neat place if youíve never been. Iíll also be enjoying the cool down. I never thought Iíd be so happy with 80 degrees. Have a great weeks and thanks for stopping by.