November 26, 2013 |
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL most valuable player Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
December 24, 1994
I am both puzzled and annoyed by a remark made in Allan Malamud's Dec. 14 column. He said that if Bart Giamatti had been commissioner in Ty Cobb's time, Cobb would have been kept off the Hall of Fame ballot. There are several things wrong with this statement. Even if Ty Cobb was a rotten human being, he still did more for ex-players than Marvin Miller and Don Fehr combined--which should tell you something about Miller and Fehr. For all his faults, Cobb never broke the rules the way Pete Rose did, and he never sued the commissioner to avoid punishment.
February 28, 2012 |
Are you ready for some football? OK, but how about Wednesday night football? The NFL's 2012 season-opening kickoff game will be played Wednesday, Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with President Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. As is tradition, the defending Super Bowl champion will host the game, meaning that the New York Giants will be playing at MetLife Stadium. The opponent has not been announced. The game will be televised on NBC, starting at 5:30 p.m. PT. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the Super Bowl that Thursday night games will be a weekly staple this season, mostly on the NFL Network, and that every team will appear in prime time at least once.
June 1, 2002
I thank the L.A. Times and Roger Kahn for the commentary on Gil Hodges [May 26]. I wonder why this argument wasn't made in 1983, the last year Hodges was eligible on the Hall of Fame ballot. Once Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez went in, Hodges should have gotten an automatic pass (like Tom Lasorda). I have never been to Cooperstown but would love to go see Hodges' plaque there. Raul Sanchez Whittier Kahn is right on target in his position that Hodges should be enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame.
July 28, 2009 |
Poor Pete Rose. He's 68, as one-dimensional as ever and still paying for mistakes he made in 1987, when his running buddies were Tommy Gioiosa, Paul Janszen and Ron Peters, who wouldn't have survived three episodes on "the Sopranos." The 20-year anniversary of Rose's lifetime ban is approaching, and there's no end in sight, despite moments of false hope. One of those came Monday. Rose, now a West Coast guy, awoke to reports in the New York Daily News that Hank Aaron and other unnamed Hall of Fame members had been lobbying Commissioner Bud Selig for a favorable ruling on Rose's application for reinstatement, filed in 1997.
November 10, 2000 |
NFL ELECTION SCORECARD Led by a massive upset by the Cardinals, the NFL went 5-1-1 on election Tuesday--and undefeated on the mainland. A look at the final tabulations, no recount required: * Arizona Cardinals: Win. An amazing 72 hours for the Cardinals. On Sunday, they swindled the Washington Redskins, 16-15.