BY MATTHEW NADU, Contributor
Congratulations to Andre Dawson on becoming the sole representative for the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame . “The Hawk” will forever stand among the kings of baseball. His impressive physique along with his even more impressive numbers made Dawson a natural and fan favorite during a career that spanned three decades. Dawson will enter the Hall as a Cubbie, and rightfully so, sporting the blue in 1987 as the NL MVP. About the only thing he couldn’t do was bring “The North Siders” a century overdue championship.
So thank you Andre and to all you Cubbies fans out there, better luck next year.
Speaking of better luck, Bert Blyleven fell just five votes short of the 75 percent vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America needed to crack the gates. Hang in there Bert, your time is near; much closer than some other players on the election ballot this year.
Yes, we’re talking Robbie Alomar and “Big Mac” McGuire and with their names we start the top 10 Hall of Fame worthy scumbaggers.
10. Roberto Alomar
Without a doubt top three second basemen of all-time and should’ve been inducted this year. Fantastic numbers, fantastic fielding range, and fantastic spitter. Always love a guy who pulls a page out of the “I hate Keith Hernandez” book.
9. Rafael Palmeiro
With his incredible defense and mind-boggling consistency at the plate, Palmeiro is one of the most underrated sluggers of all-time. And after his date with the Grand Jury, one of the most underrated liars too.
8. Roger Clemens
Although I don’t care for Mike Piazza either, I don’t know if I’d throw a bat his way. I guess “The Rocket” thought he’d want it as a token of their friendship. Much like Roger took pretty much any rocket fuel that came his way.
7. Gaylord Perry
Yes, the name’s correct. So is the information in his 1974 autobiography Me and the Spitter. The “Spitter” of course is a spit fastball. Whether you refer to it as the spit ball, mud ball or shine ball it’s been illegal in baseball since 1921 with only 17 pitchers of the day granted an exception. Fifty years later Gaylord exempted himself from the ban, now he’s a Hall of Famer.
6. Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden
Don’t let the peachy names full ya. These baseball bad boys of the 80’s and early 90’s took New York by storm becoming the two most underachieving teammates in history. Now just their careers combined are hall worthy. Both had the numbers, the potential and the cocaine to prove it.
5. Sammy Sosa
Slammin’ Sammy could hit, boy could he hit. Throughout his playing days he brought honor to his country, cork for the fans, juice for his teammates and when he forgot English in front of the Grand Jury, he brought and interpreter there too. That’s one hell of an ambassador.
4. Mark McGwire
Roger Maris would be turning in his grave if he knew a Big Mac broke his single season record but we’re “not here to talk about the past.” Unfortunately McGwire’s HOF future doesn’t look like it’s coming via Happy Meal.
3. Kenesaw Mountain Landis
The former judge banned the members of the 1919 “Black Sox Scandal” from baseball for life. Although players such as HOF worthy Joe Jackson are frequently convincingly proven innocent from throwing the Series, the ban still remains.
Landis continued his Hall of Fame career by becoming the first Commissioner of Baseball in 1920, thus eliminating the spit ball (Gaylord) and African-Americans from baseball until his timely death in 1944. Three years later Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
2. Ty Cobb
Second all-time hits leader but first class racist. Cobb was a known racist who once beat up a handicapped man in the stands for calling his mother half black. But hell, the guy was the best in the biz at throwing tantrums, his sharpened spikes into opposing players shins and the occasional game for the bookies.
Take that Happy Gilmore.
1. Pete Rose
Just kidding. He bet on his team not against them. That doesn’t count.
Real no. 1. Barry Bonds
The man’s on top of the record books, on top of his lies, on top of his marriage and on top of his cycles. Congratulations Barry on being king of High Hopes Scumbag Hall of Fame!
He broke nearly every record imaginable and with it he broke the intergity of baseball.
Note: Unfortunately not all the best could be included in this list but the top runner up’s go to Philly favorites Jose Canseco and Curt Schilling.