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1/26/16

LaSalle Club Announces '16 Class HOF

The LaSalle Club Baseball will induct nine new members at its 62nd Annual Hall of Fame banquet next month.

The inductees include:

 

Bill Plummer  

Anderson Union High/Shasta College

Don Semon 

Bishop Armstrong High (Christian Brothers)

Doug Carson 

Bishop Armstrong 

Gary Darling 

Burbank High 

Mark Loper 

La Sierra High/American River College

Randy Brown 

McClatchy/Sac City 

Lowell Palmer 

Norte Del Rio High 

Greg Sims 

Sacramento High/Sac City College

Bill Walsh 

Sacramento Solons 

The event will be held Saturday, February 20 at Christian Brothers High School. For ticket information and background on the nine players, visit www.thelasalleclub.com.


1/06/16

Griffey and Piazza Selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

by Editor Rick Cabral

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

Griffey set an all-time new record with 99-percent of the 440 votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. 

Their selections also created two new marks: Griffey is the first-ever overall number one draft selection (1987) picked for the prestigious HOF, while Piazza—plucked in the 62nd Round by the Los Angeles Dodgers—is by far the lowest draft selection ever to make the Hall of Fame.

Over his 22-year career with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox, Griffey posted sterling numbers and huge accomplishments. He was a 13-time All-Star selection, won 10 consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards– tied for the second-highest total among all center fielders – and seven Silver Slugger Awards. In 1997 he was tabbed AL MVP, as well as the All-Star Game MVP in 1992. Griffey currently ranks sixth in baseball history with 630 home runs and is among the game’s greats in total bases (13th) and runs batted in (15th). His lifetime offensive numbers included .284 batting average and .907 OPS (On-base Plus Slugging). 

In the field, Griffey was a virtual highlight reel in center field. He finished among baseball’s top 20 center fielders in defensive games played (fourth), putouts (sixth) and assists (12th).  

He twice led Seattle to the playoffs (1995, 1997) and played on the White Sox’ playoff club at age 38. The one blemish on his Hall of Fame career—Griffey never played in a World Series. 

By contrast, Piazza played in one World Series, a losing effort to the Yankees in 2000 when he was with the Mets. In all, the strapping catcher competed in the playoffs five seasons. 

In 1993, he made the Dodgers club, was selected NL Rookie of the Year and named to the National League All-Star roster, the first of six consecutive honors. Piazza played 16 seasons with five different clubs. Known as the finest offensive catcher all time, he posted a .308 lifetime batting average while hitting 427 home runs, 396 of which were most ever by a major league catcher. Overall, Piazza was a 12-time All-Star and earned 10 Silver Slugger Awards.

Jeff Bagwell (71.6%), Tim Raines (69.8%) and first balloter Trevor Hoffman (67.3%) were just a few votes shy or gaining entry into the HOF. Experts believe Bagwell and Raines will make it next year (Raines’ final year of eligibility), and Hoffman’s strong showing in his first ballot suggest he could go in next year as well.

Although Rogers Clemens (45%) and Barry Bonds (44%) each received seven-percent more votes than last year, they finished well short of the 75-percent threshold. 


 

 

 

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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies) Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets) Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays) John McNamara (6 teams).

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.

Enjoy!

Editor
Rick Cabral

* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 1/26/16
All contents © Rick Cabral, 2010-2015


 

 

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