We remember when the Braves jerseys met the New York Yankees jerseys in the 1999 Series billed as a Series which would decide the Team of the Decade. The Yankees jerseys swept the Braves jerseys to take the honour with the third win of the 1990s. Had the Braves jerseys won there would have been three teams with two World Series victories each: The Yankees jerseys, the Braves jerseys and the Blue Jays jerseys.
Simon and Garfunkel used to sing:
The words of the prophets are
Written on the subway walls. Leading newcomers on the 2015 ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and ex Braves jerseys right hander John Smoltz.
Ken Griffey is the lead newcomer in 2016.
And in 2017, third baseman Chipper Jones will be on the ballot. And former Braves jerseys general manager John Schuerholz could be on the veteran committee with his excellent resume.
So, three years or 13 years or 30 years from Sunday, a Braves jerseys fan may be able to tour Cooperstown to see plaques belonging to Maddux, Glavine, Cox, Smoltz, Jones and Schuerholz.
As for next year, you figure that former Houston second baseman Craig Biggio, who missed by two votes in January, will make it. Same for Johnson and Martinez. Will Smoltz make it four . the largest class of players in 51 years?
He has a strong case, much like Dennis Eckersley did. Eckersley was a starter, a failed starter and then Mr. Perfect as a closer. Smoltz was a successful starter, lock down closer and then a starter again before pitching his final year with the Boston Red Sox jerseys and St. Louis Cardinals jerseys in 2009.
He had a 213 155 won loss record with a 3.33 ERA and stuck out 3,084 in his 21 year career. He also had 154 saves in four years as a closer, as the only pitcher to amass more than 200 wins and 150 saves.
Smoltz won a Cy Young Award (plus four other top seven finishes) and only Andy Pettitte (19 11, 3,81) had more career post season wins than Smoltz, 15 4 with a 2.67 ERA in October, although we have seen post season play carries little weight with voters.
Despite being the mainstay of the Braves jerseys staff wholesale baseball jerseys Glavine left to sign with the New York Mets jerseys as a free agent in 2003, Maddux returned to the Cubs jerseys in 2004 Smoltz, an eight time all star, is not a slam dunk.
The numbers at baseball reference say Smoltz is better than Hall of Famers Jim Bunning and Tom Seaver . but not as good as Joe Niekro, Tommy John, Jerry Reuss and Stan Coveleski.
Third baseman Jones is one of the best switch hitters to play the game with 2,726 career hits, a .303 career average, 468 homers and 1,623 RBIs. Only Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504) have more homers as a switch hitter, while only Pete Rose (4,256) and Murray (3,255) have more hits.
Jones career numbers compare to HOFers Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Mike Schmidt, Billy Williams, Eddie Mathews and Mantle . as well as Jeff Bagwell, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield,
Schuerholz won in Kansas City with the Royals jerseys and he and Cox put together the Braves jerseys.
As for the earlier comparison to the Bills, who some of my friends think were a horrible failure for making the Super Bowl four straight years and not winning? I thought what the Bills did was a tremendous accomplishment, but what do I know about football?
Now Hall of Fame scribe Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News . he knows football.
In the summer of 2000 during his training camp tour, he asked owners, general managers, coaches and players this question: In the 1990s, would you rather have been the Kansas City Chiefs, who went to the playoffs every season but never won a Super Bowl, or the St. Louis Rams, who were the worst team of the 1990 decade from 1990 1998, never made the playoffs, and then won a Super Bowl in 1999.