Rice denied Hall bid
posted at 1/8/2008 3:18 PM EST
I think it is a shame that Jim Rice will have to wait until old timers committee gathers in his old age to give him the due that he is well deserving to receive. The main issue with Jim Ed not getting in is due to some personal conflicts he had with older writers and many younger writers who are so tainted by seeing "juiced ball" & "steroid" numbers these last 15-20 years. One must remember that from the mid-60's to the mid-80's a player who hit over 25 homers was considered a serious power hitter. For those that do not remember 77' or 78' do not remember how Jim Ed carried the Sox and their very average pitching staff to playoff contention.
Also, all this hitting into the double play crap needs to be analyzed. If you watched the game back in the mid-70's you would remember what a solid hitting lineup the sox had. Jim Ed came up to bat many a time with multiple players on base and instead of striking out consistently (or hitting a dinger/long fly out) like so many power hitters of his era (Kingman, Schmidt or Reggie J.) he hit line drives to put the ball into play (thus is why most of his RBI competitors were way back in 78' of his 139 or whatever he drove in.) Rice hit the ball so d^&% solid many were right at the infielder and even Omar Moreno, Lou Brock, Maury Wills or even scatter brained Ricky Henderson could not beat out the throw to 1st.
I will give you this ... Gossage was a great power pitcher who you feared to see come to the mound, but just like Jim Ed he had a more serious fault than hitting a solid ball into play ... His control issues at times caused the White Sox and Yankee fans to cross their fingers and cover their eyes when he showed up to the mound at times.
Jim Ed, I feel you pain and wish the you the very best of luck next year ... but, I think you need to go on a campaign and challenge all these athletic sport reporters to a kinder, gentler game like golf (for those of you in the know Jim Ed was know in golf circles as one of the longest hitters of the golf ball back in the persimmon wood era.)
The 1978 Red Sox were possibly one of the strongest teams in baseball not to make the playoffs. It took me a long time to warm up to the wild card system just because I feel bad for the team that might have been the best in baseball that year (Dewey went down with a fluke injury late in the season that killed them.)
But I am rambling now, have a great day and lets all root for the Sox in 08'.