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VEB Historical Hall of Fame Ballot Voting: Part 2

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Do you think Mark McGwire is a Hall of Famer? Here’s your chance to vote on it.

This is the same intro as last time, because nothing has changed. This is the second round of voting for the VEB Hall of Fame. This round does not include either Negro League players nor any players who played primarily in the 1800s. I created a list of players, which ended up totaling 503 players, comprised of players with 40+...

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J. P. Hill

Hall of Fame: Ortiz Elected, Rolen finished at 63.2%

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David Ortiz elected to the Hall. Bonds & Clemens time out. Rolen climbs closer.

On Tuesday night the Hall of Fame announced the results of the 2022 election by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Former Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz was just barely elected – sneaking 12 votes over the minimum to gain entrance in his first year on the ballot.

Ortiz can probably credit his quick election to the 10-ballot slog needed by fellow DH...

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MLB Lockout: Sides Met Again on Tuesday

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Major League Baseball and the Players Association met again Tuesday after Monday’s round of negotiating. After not hearing anything from either side for 40-plus days, up until the middle of this month, the fact that we have heard of negotiations on consecutive days seems significant, as the sides work toward ending the league’s first work stoppage in 26 years.

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Fringe Pitchers Who Can Make an Impact in 2022

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Injuries happen, and the Cardinals’ pitching staff seems to have a high risk for them. This will give young pitchers on the fringes of the roster a chance to establish themselves.

The St. Louis Cardinals are still looking for bullpen help after filling out their rotation with Steven Matz. Realistically, there a signing or two would fill out the big league staff and leave some prospects on the fringes of the roster but not in an immediate impact role....

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Viva El Birdos

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it...

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Major League Baseball and Players Association are negotiating - A Hunt and Peck

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There is some information.

The lockout in Major League Baseball is still ongoing, but there have been some rumblings. By rumblings, I mean something closer to murmurs, quiet whispering, under-breath muttering, you get the idea. It is not a lot, but for those of us awaiting the return of our favorite pastime (and those of us tasked with writing about it), any news is worthwhile. So, in an attempt...

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VEB Historical Hall of Fame Ballot Voting: Part 1

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You get to vote on a randomized group of players!

This is going to be a long post so I’ll be quick with my intro. This is the first round of voting for the VEB Hall of Fame. The first round does not include either Negro League players nor any players who played in the 1800s. I created a list of players, which ended up totaling 503 players, comprised of players with 40+ WAR on either Baseball-Reference (bWAR) or Fangraphs (fWAR), players who won an MVP...

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Blake Newberry

Are Overpaid Relievers Just a Cardinals Problem?

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After investigation, the answer is a resounding no. Throughout the league, high-end relievers rarely deliver on their contracts.

At the end of my last article, I mentioned that the St. Louis Cardinals tied up nearly $80 million on a trio of underperforming bullpen arms - Brett Cecil, Greg Holland, and Andrew Miller. Combined, these three relievers provided just 0.2 fWAR in their Cardinal careers.

The Cardinals have clearly struggled with handing out long...

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Cardinals Land 3 Prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects

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Jordan Walker, Nolan Gorman, and Matthew Liberatore were all in the top 50.

This week Baseball America announced their top 100 prospects and the Cardinals landed their top three talents on the list – all in the top 50.

The #STLCards have 3 top 100 prospects according to BA, all in the top 50.

Jordan Walker - #24
Nolan Gorman -...

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How Much of a Cardinal Were the Best Cardinals?

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Or “Was Scott Rolen more Phillie or Cardinal, Albert Pujols more Cardinal or Angel, and is Keith Hernandez a Met or what?”

Bill James recently took a look at the importance of being associated with one team for Hall of Fame candidates. The idea is that players who accrue most of their value for one team, or mostly for one team, have an easier time making the Hall of Fame than players who accrue their value for multiple teams. If you’d like an imperfect...

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Cardinals didn't actively pursue free-agent shortstop help before the lockout

The free agent shortstop class was loaded with stars, and the Cardinals don’t have many obvious areas of need on the position player side.

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Primer for the upcoming VEB Hall of Fame voting

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Are you wondering how this will be executed? All your answers are in this article.

Welcome to the VEB Hall of Fame. We are but a small Hall of Fame at the moment. We have a strong start as far as who has been elected at this point. Mariano Rivera, Scott Rolen, Larry Walker, Derek Jeter, and Roy Halladay are technically the only members. So far. That will change as we are expanding the Hall of Fame by voting for the candidacies of historical...

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Nolan Arenado: 4 Stats that Matter

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A 2021 Season in Review, 4 stats that matter looking forward, and projections for 2022.

It was just about this time last year when the Cardinals acquired Nolan Arenado in a trade with the Colorado Rockies. Arenado arrived in St. Louis with huge career numbers and massive expectations.

It seemed a foregone conclusion that Arenado would fail to meet both.

Simply moving from the offensive paradise that is Coors Field to the pitching-preferred confines of...

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Blake Newberry

Who is the Cardinals Worst Signing Since 2010?

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The Cardinals have made a lot of bad signings since 2016, but one gets the edge over a series of regrettable bullpen reinforcements.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a series of bad signings in the second half of the 2010s. Most of the team’s best signings came from before 2016, but all of the team’s worst signings came in 2016 or later. The team particularly struggled with signing relievers and it gave out two regrettably large contracts to...

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What do Arenado and Goldy need to do to make the Hall of Fame?

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The Cardinals have two players who may make the Hall, but what do they have left to prove?

The Cardinals, as an organization, are a team that usually has a Hall of Famer on their roster. This has been true for a long, long time. We may not know it at the time, but eventually most Cardinals’ rosters have at least one Hall of Famer. From (probably) Yadier Molina to Albert Pujols to Ozzie Smith to Lou Brock to Stan Musial to Johnny Mize to Frankie Frisch to...

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The Best Moment Of Jon Lester’s MLB Career

Last week, veteran starting pitcher Jon Lester announced his retirement from MLB. The southpaw decided to walk away from baseball after an outstanding 16-season career in the majors.

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Who Is the Cardinals Best Signing Since 2010?

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The best player the Cardinals have signed in the last decade (plus two years) comes from the last World Series winning Redbirds team.

The St. Louis Cardinals have not typically been major players in the free agent market since 2010. The team tends to be much more active in the trade market as Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Marcell Ozuna, and Tyler O’Neill all came to the team via trade. As a result, they are not too many options from which to choose...

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J. P. Hill

Saturday SOC: Resetting the Line for Hall of Fame Relievers

We consider the cases for Billy Wagner and Joe Nathan to try to establish who is and who isn’t a Hall of Fame reliever.

This is becoming Hall of Fame week around here. Earlier at VEB we voted for our own Hall of Fame choices and announced the results, electing Derek Jeter and Larry Walker.

I offered my own (knowingly) controversial take on the 2022 ballot from the perspective of a BBWAA voter. That perspective forces some thoughtful voters to expand beyond an “are they a Hall of Famer or...

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Spin Rates Don’t Matter for Sinkers

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At least, maybe not as much as how that spin is applied.

It’s been a bit since I’ve continued the spin rate series and part of the reason for that is that the next couple of pitches I planned on looking at didn’t have clear connections between their spin rates and the quality of the pitch, at least going by what we can see on Baseball Savant. One of those pitches was today’s topic: the sinker.

In today’s era of high-octane fastballs, the...

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John LaRue

Free Agent Profile: Collin McHugh

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The righty reliever is under the radar but makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals

Whenever baseball starts moving again after the lockout ends, we know that the St. Louis Cardinals are likely to spend their time sprucing up the roster with maintenance moves. The most obvious area where they’ll need help is the bullpen. I covered Joe Kelly as an option back before Christmas. That article cited a Derrick Goold article, and subsequent tweet, in which he specified a...

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