Ballpark Frank


Does Clemens Dream Of Being A Texas Ranger?

Roger Clemens paid the complex a “nonchalant” visit today. Is the Rocket looking to play for a new team, the Texas Rangers? According to an ESPN.com report Clemens’ has family and friends in the area and was quoted as saying:

“We’ll see what happens. Whatever, I plan to be around Arlington a lot in the future.”

Now that quote could be taken out of context since Roger could just be planning to visit his friends and family “a lot in the future”. Though, the Rangers’ rotation which currently consists of Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton, Vicente Padilla, Kameron Loe, and Juan Dominguez would be a lot better with Roger Clemens. Not to mention, I could see Roger ending his career as a Texas Ranger since it mimics the conclusion of Nolan Ryan’s career and just seems like the way to end a Hall of Fame career for a Texas born star.



Baseball Loses Kirby Puckett
March 6, 2006, 10:56 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Cooperstown, Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, MLB, Sports

Kirby Puckett will be remembered forever for his leadership and infectious smile.
Kirby Puckett passed away today (March 6, 2006) as a result of stroke he suffered yesterday in Arizona at the young age of 45 years old. I followed Kirby throughout his career. Kirby was many times the shortest player on the field at only 5′ 8″ but was a testament for hard work and determination. The simple addition of a leg-lift trigger to his batting stance helped to transfer his weight adding pop to his swing which ultimately launched Puck to stardom. I looked up to Kirby Puckett and even played a few games on the field at Triton College in Illinois where he played college baseball.

Minnesota adored and he did not let them down. Kirby captivated baseball in 1987 and 1991 as he took over several playoff games to lead his small market team to two World Series championships. I am not even going to dissect his stats – they are superb. Kirby was a first ballot Hall of Famer and I am saddened to hear of Kirby’s death today. The world will miss Kirby Puckett’s leadership and infectious smile.



Sutter Elected To Hall: Several Others Deserving
January 21, 2006, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Cooperstown, Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, MLB

Outside The Hall of Fame (Photo by Andy Wirtanen)

Recently relief pitcher was elected as this years Hall of Fame inductee this summer in Cooperstown. I am happy for Bruce, he deserved it. However, there are several other players that also deserve getting voted in. I would have to say , , and all are more then qualified. Some may disagree however I would point the skeptics to a book by titled Whatever Happened To The Hall of Fame and read about the rollercoaster ride the Hall of Fame’s standards have gone through. For example check out the All-Why-Did-They-Elect-Them-Team below:

  • Cather – Ray Schalk
  • Firstbase – Frank Chance
  • Second Base – Johnny Evers
  • Third Base – Jimmy Collins
  • Shortstop – Joe Tinker
  • Left field – Chick Hafey
  • Center field – Lloyd Warner
  • Right field – Tommy McCarthey
  • Pitcher – Jesse Haines

Once you read this book you will realize that the Hall of Fame is not even owned by Major League Baseball but by the state of New York, therefore it is not a true Major League Baseball establishment. This fact alone discredits the merit of the Hall and leaves no excuse to why two of baseball’s most deserving legends Shoeless Joe and Pete Rose are not in the Hall of Fame yet. This is not a sanctioned MLB shrine, it belongs to New York State so there is no reason why their ban from Major League Baseball should also include a ban from the Hall of Fame.

*Outside The Hall of Fame photo by Andy Wirtanen