Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013: Controversy on the Horizon

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens: seven Cy Young Awards and an MVP trophy

With the retirement today of Tony LaRussa, there’s lots of talk about the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014, which could (should?) include managers Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox along with first-time eligible players Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. Thanks to some interesting rules for managers, LaRussa, Torre, and Cox will all be eligible for the first time in 2014, alongside two 300-game winners and a 500 home run club member (not that 500 homers necessarily means Hall of Fame anymore). It certainly would be great to see Atlanta Braves stalwarts Maddux, Glavine and Cox enter the Hall together, and Torre’s body of work (both as a player and manager) deserves first-ballot induction beyond question. LaRussa’s 33 years of success as a manager are equally deserving. Continue reading

Dr. J the latest reminder that fame doesn’t always pay the bills

Dr. J at his height as an NBA superstar

I was saddened to read that Julius Erving – THE legendary figure in professional basketball in the mid- to late 1970s, before Bird and Magic, and the guy who was Michael before Michael – is auctioning off the mementos from his illustrious career, including his two ABA championship rings and his 1983 Philadelphia 76ers NBA championship ring.

While he denies he’s liquidating his collection to pay off a reported $200,000 debt to a Georgia bank, and in fact this may just be a case of a former star clearing out the closets, it’s hard to imagine his Most Valuable Player awards from both leagues and his three championship rings are just taking up space. Continue reading