August 22nd, 2004

Koufax

All Sorts of Baseball

Felt crappy most of the week, and it got to the point that I stayed out of work Friday. Slept most of the day, then followed it up with another ten hours of sleep Friday night. Spent yesterday staying out of the storm. I feel a lot better today.

Did quite a bit of reading when I was conscious, mostly "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame" by Bill James. James is a stats guru, whose stuff I've enjoyed over the years, and the book takes a look at who is and who isn't enshrined in the Hall. He looks at the question of what makes a Hall of Famer from several different directions, stats, achievements, reputation, etc., and despite it all. He does this by doing some in depth analyses for several players who are either marginal members of the Hall, or are on the outside looking in. The two primary subjects are Phil Rizzuto and Don Drysdale, both of whom he concludes probably shouldn't be in there. I agree about Rizzuto, and disagree about Drysdale, although I will admit to a huge bias there.

(Time out just to note that as I'm writing this, I'm watching Wilson Alvarez pitch batting practice to the Braves. Seven hits, five runs so far this inning! Bother.)

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