• Obama Closes Baseball Hall Of Fame

    Posted by on May 20th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Well, at least for a day.

    Will Ichiro Suzuki & Derek Jeter Go Into Cooperstown Together?

    Posted by on February 13th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Between the “hometown” New Yorkers and those coming from Japan to witness their first Hall of Famer, the town of Cooperstown would go nuts if this happened.

    Will there be enough room, if this happens, for Alex Rodriguez to set up a folding table on Main Street where he can sell autographs?

    Jeter Planned It Perfect: #2 Will Go Into Cooperstown In “2020″

    Posted by on February 12th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Steiner Sports is probably working on something as we speak…

    Very Interesting Hall Of Fame Statistic

    Posted by on January 29th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Via John Manuel -

    …but in the draft era, [Frank] Thomas is just the 10th college alumnus to earn a spot in Cooperstown.

    Just ten since 1965? I find that amazing.  Does that say something about the benefits of going pro out of High School?

    Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Elected To The Hall Of Fame – Biggio Just Missed

    Posted by on January 8th, 2014 · Comments (20)

    Feel free to discuss the result in the comments section here.

    Maddux, Glavine, Big Hurt & Biggio

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (11)

    If one of these does not get into Cooperstown next week, would you be upset?

    Cox, Torre & LaRussa Head To The Hall

    Posted by on December 9th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Via MLB

    Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee.

    La Russa, Torre and Cox each won more than 2,000 games as a manager. Torre is one of five to win at least four World Series titles, which he did with the Yankees in 1996 and 1998-2000. La Russa won championships with Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006 and 2011. Cox led Atlanta to the 1995 World Series title and 14 straight division titles.

    Steiner Collectibles is probably trying to broker a three-signature ball as we speak…

    So, will the Yankees now give Torre a day and retire #6?

    Big Stein & Torre To Go Into The Hall Together?

    Posted by on November 4th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Via the HOF -

    Six former major league players, four managers and two executives comprise the 12-name Expansion Era ballot, featuring candidates whose greatest contributions to the game were realized from 1973 through the present. A 16-member Expansion Era electorate will review and cast votes at the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings for consideration for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today.

    Dave Concepcion, Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons, George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre are the candidates that will be considered by the electorate. Any candidate who earns votes on 75% of ballots cast will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Results of the Expansion Era vote will be announced on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. ET from the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

    The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Expansion Era ballot features: Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery (Phillies) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and historians Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Bruce Jenkins (San Francisco Chronicle), Jack O’Connell (BBWAA) and Jim Reeves (retired, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

    The Expansion Era ballot was devised this fall by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA)-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players, whose most significant career impact was realized from 1973 through the present. Eligible candidates include players who appeared in at least 10 consecutive major league seasons, who are not on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list and have been retired for 21 or more seasons (those whose last playing appearance was no later than 1992); managers and umpires with 10 or more years in baseball and retired for at least five years, with candidates who are 65 years or older eligible six months from the date of the election following retirement; and Executives with 10 consecutive years in baseball and retired for at least five years, with active executives 65 years or older are eligible for consideration.

    I think it will be tough for Torre with Cox and LaRussa here. Unless, he gets double credit for playing and managerial career.

    2014 Mint Coins Honoring Hall Of Fame 75th Anniversary

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I just saw this news from a couple of months ago:

    President Barack Obama signed into law the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, culminating an exceptional bi-partisan initiative, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and U.S. Congressman Richard Hanna, whose 24th District includes Cooperstown. This bi-partisan team secured the passage of The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act with the support of every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act will celebrate and honor the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame in 2014, directing the Secretary of the Treasury to mint not more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half dollar coins in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum during a one-year period commencing on January 1, 2014. Surcharges from the sale of these coins, as much as 9.5 million dollars, will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to assist in financing its operations. This measure is in compliance with the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and results in no cost to the U.S. Treasury or U.S. taxpayer.

    “For 75 years, Americans have been visiting our very own Cooperstown to honor the legends of America’s favorite pastime,” Senator Gillibrand said. “The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act will build on the recognition Cooperstown deserves, honor its history, and help draw more Americans to visit this truly magical place in upstate New York. And there’s no better place to mint these coins than West Point.”

    “I am privileged to represent Cooperstown and, as a past 10-year resident, sponsoring this bill in the House was especially meaningful for me,” Representative Hanna said. “This cost-free legislation help preserve our National Pastime and the non-profit museum in Cooperstown. I encourage everyone to visit Cooperstown at least once to take in its history and natural beauty. You won’t be disappointed.”

    “The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is so appreciative of the support of the U.S. House, Senate and President Obama for providing awareness, exposure and the potential for a significant infusion of tourism and revenue to Cooperstown with the Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are grateful to Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Hanna, and everyone who worked on this bill to deliver a program all Americans can enjoy and treasure as a symbol of the enduring spirit of our National Pastime.”

    These look so cool.

    14,000+ Baseball Scouting Reports

    Posted by on May 24th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    This is  the coolest thing, ever.

    Bud Fowler Gets His Due

    Posted by on March 11th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Great story.

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    Retired Non HOF’ers With BB>=1000, H>=2000 & PA<=9,999

    Posted by on February 16th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    This is a select group of players:

    Rk Player WAR/pos BB H PA From To Age G R 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG Pos
    1 Jeff Bagwell 76.7 1401 2314 9431 1991 2005 23-37 2150 1517 488 449 1529 202 .297 .408 .540 *3/D9
    2 Lou Whitaker 71.4 1197 2369 9967 1977 1995 20-38 2390 1386 420 244 1084 143 .276 .363 .426 *4/D
    3 Edgar Martinez 64.4 1283 2247 8674 1987 2004 24-41 2055 1219 514 309 1261 49 .312 .418 .515 *D5/3
    4 Willie Randolph 63.0 1243 2210 9461 1975 1992 20-37 2202 1239 316 54 687 271 .276 .373 .351 *4/D5
    5 Keith Hernandez 57.1 1070 2182 8553 1974 1990 20-36 2088 1124 426 162 1071 98 .296 .384 .436 *3/79
    6 John Olerud 53.7 1275 2239 9063 1989 2005 20-36 2234 1139 500 255 1230 11 .295 .398 .465 *3D
    7 Bob Johnson 52.8 1075 2051 8050 1933 1945 27-39 1863 1239 396 288 1283 96 .296 .393 .506 *78/3495
    8 Stan Hack 50.7 1092 2193 8508 1932 1947 22-37 1938 1239 363 57 642 165 .301 .394 .397 *5/3
    9 Tony Phillips 48.2 1319 2023 9110 1982 1999 23-40 2161 1300 360 160 819 177 .266 .374 .389 47569D/83
    10 Brian Downing 47.8 1197 2099 9309 1973 1992 22-41 2344 1188 360 275 1073 50 .267 .370 .425 D72/954
    11 Brett Butler 47.0 1129 2375 9545 1981 1997 24-40 2213 1359 277 54 578 558 .290 .377 .376 *87/9D
    12 Bernie Williams 45.9 1069 2336 9053 1991 2006 22-37 2076 1366 449 287 1257 147 .297 .381 .477 *8D/97
    13 Mark Grace 43.0 1075 2445 9290 1988 2003 24-39 2245 1179 511 173 1146 70 .303 .383 .442 *3/1D
    14 Carlos Delgado 40.4 1109 2038 8657 1993 2009 21-37 2035 1241 483 473 1512 14 .280 .383 .546 *3D/72
    15 Ken Singleton 38.6 1263 2029 8559 1970 1984 23-37 2082 985 317 246 1065 21 .282 .388 .436 *9D7/8
    16 Chili Davis 34.2 1194 2380 9997 1981 1999 21-39 2436 1240 424 350 1372 142 .274 .360 .451 D897/31
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/16/2013.

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    Which of these players will ever get into Cooperstown?  Which ones should?

    Batters With 1,300+ Career BB Who Are Not In The Hall Of Fame

    Posted by on February 4th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I wonder how many of these guys will ever make it?  Some have not been on a ballot yet…but others may never get in, for sundry reasons.

    Rk Player BB From To Age G PA
    1 Barry Bonds 2558 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606
    2 Jim Thome 1747 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313
    3 Frank Thomas 1667 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075
    4 Eddie Yost 1614 1944 1962 17-35 2109 9175
    5 Darrell Evans 1605 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737
    6 Pete Rose 1566 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890
    7 Chipper Jones 1512 1993 2012 21-40 2499 10614
    8 Gary Sheffield 1475 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947
    9 Bobby Abreu 1456 1996 2012 22-38 2347 9926
    10 Jeff Bagwell 1401 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431
    11 Dwight Evans 1391 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569
    12 Rafael Palmeiro 1353 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046
    13 Jason Giambi 1334 1995 2012 24-41 2163 8622
    14 Tim Raines 1330 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359
    15 Manny Ramirez 1329 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774
    16 Tony Phillips 1319 1982 1999 23-40 2161 9110
    17 Mark McGwire 1317 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660
    18 Ken Griffey 1312 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304
    19 Fred McGriff 1305 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/4/2013.

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    Todd Helton and A-Rod are knocking on the door of this club.

    Pitchers With 600+ Starts Who Are Not In The Hall Of Fame

    Posted by on February 3rd, 2013 · Comments (2)

    It’s a short list which should get shorter very soon:

    Rk Player G GS From To Age SHO W L SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Jim Kaat 898 625 1959 1983 20-44 31 283 237 18 4530.1 2461 3.45 108
    2 Tommy John 760 700 1963 1989 20-46 46 288 231 4 4710.1 2245 3.34 111
    3 Greg Maddux 744 740 1986 2008 20-42 35 355 227 0 5008.1 3371 3.16 132
    4 Roger Clemens 709 707 1984 2007 21-44 46 354 184 0 4916.2 4672 3.12 143
    5 Jamie Moyer 696 638 1986 2012 23-49 10 269 209 0 4074.0 2441 4.25 104
    6 Tom Glavine 682 682 1987 2008 21-42 25 305 203 0 4413.1 2607 3.54 118
    7 Frank Tanana 638 616 1973 1993 19-39 34 240 236 1 4188.1 2773 3.66 106
    8 Randy Johnson 618 603 1988 2009 24-45 37 303 166 2 4135.1 4875 3.29 135
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/3/2013.

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    Is there ever any chance that Kaat, John, Moyer or Tanana ever make the Hall of Fame?

    Lou Piniella For Cooperstown?

    Posted by on February 1st, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Marc Topkin did a Q&A with Lou Piniella. Here is a snip:

    How about your chances to make the Hall of Fame (as a manager)?

    My numbers are there. I finished 14th all time, over 1,800 wins, won a world championship, won 116 games in a season, which was only done one other time. But I’m in with a tough group. I’ve got (Tony) La Russa, my good buddy, I’ve got Joe Torre, I’ve got Bobby Cox. These guys have had great, great careers. So we’ll see what happens. But if you ask me, if you look at other managers that have gotten in, you look at their resumes, mine is as impressive or more impressive.

    Sounds like it would mean a lot to you?

    It would mean a lot to anybody. It’s the epitome of what you work for. Just to be considered is a good warm and fuzzy feeling.

    Ten years ago, I thought Lou had a case for Cooperstown. If they do it, I just hope they do it while he is still alive.

    The Hallowed Halls Debate

    Posted by on January 23rd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    An interesting panel and debate…

    Top 30 Retired Batters, Career WAR, Not In The HOF, To Bat In 6+ All-Star Games

    Posted by on January 11th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Still with me? Here is the list:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Barry Bonds 158.1 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 2227 2935 601 762 1996 2558 1539 514 .298 .444 .607
    2 Ken Griffey 79.2 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 1662 2781 524 630 1836 1312 1779 184 .284 .370 .538
    3 Pete Rose 76.7 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 2165 4256 746 160 1314 1566 1143 198 .303 .375 .409
    4 Bobby Grich 67.3 1970 1986 21-37 2008 8220 1033 1833 320 224 864 1087 1278 104 .266 .371 .424
    5 Tim Raines 66.2 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 1571 2605 430 170 980 1330 966 808 .294 .385 .425
    6 Edgar Martinez 64.4 1987 2004 24-41 2055 8674 1219 2247 514 309 1261 1283 1202 49 .312 .418 .515
    7 Ivan Rodriguez 63.7 1991 2011 19-39 2543 10270 1354 2844 572 311 1332 513 1474 127 .296 .334 .464
    8 Craig Biggio 62.1 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 1844 3060 668 291 1175 1160 1753 414 .281 .363 .433
    9 Reggie Smith 60.8 1966 1982 21-37 1987 8051 1123 2020 363 314 1092 890 1030 137 .287 .366 .489
    10 Ken Boyer 58.7 1955 1969 24-38 2034 8272 1104 2143 318 282 1141 713 1017 105 .287 .349 .462
    11 Mark McGwire 58.7 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 1167 1626 252 583 1414 1317 1596 12 .263 .394 .588
    12 Mike Piazza 56.1 1992 2007 23-38 1912 7745 1048 2127 344 427 1335 759 1113 17 .308 .377 .545
    13 Gary Sheffield 56.0 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 1636 2689 467 509 1676 1475 1171 253 .292 .393 .514
    14 Dick Allen 55.6 1963 1977 21-35 1749 7315 1099 1848 320 351 1119 894 1556 133 .292 .378 .534
    15 Sammy Sosa 54.8 1989 2007 20-38 2354 9896 1475 2408 379 609 1667 929 2306 234 .273 .344 .534
    16 Joe Torre 54.2 1960 1977 19-36 2209 8802 996 2342 344 252 1185 779 1094 23 .297 .365 .452
    17 Will Clark 53.2 1986 2000 22-36 1976 8283 1186 2176 440 284 1205 937 1190 67 .303 .384 .497
    18 Minnie Minoso 47.5 1949 1980 23-54 1835 7712 1136 1963 336 186 1023 814 584 205 .298 .389 .459
    19 Fred Lynn 46.7 1974 1990 22-38 1969 7923 1063 1960 388 306 1111 857 1116 72 .283 .360 .484
    20 Jim Fregosi 45.5 1961 1978 19-36 1902 7403 844 1726 264 151 706 715 1097 76 .265 .338 .398
    21 Dale Murphy 42.6 1976 1993 20-37 2180 9041 1197 2111 350 398 1266 986 1748 161 .265 .346 .469
    22 Vern Stephens 41.8 1941 1955 20-34 1720 7241 1001 1859 307 247 1174 692 685 25 .286 .355 .460
    23 Rocky Colavito 41.7 1955 1968 21-34 1841 7559 971 1730 283 374 1159 951 880 19 .266 .359 .489
    24 Bill Freehan 41.3 1961 1976 19-34 1774 6900 706 1591 241 200 758 626 753 24 .262 .340 .412
    25 Gil Hodges 40.7 1943 1963 19-39 2072 8102 1105 1921 295 370 1274 943 1137 63 .273 .359 .487
    26 Al Oliver 40.2 1968 1985 21-38 2368 9778 1189 2743 529 219 1326 535 756 84 .303 .344 .451
    27 Don Mattingly 39.8 1982 1995 21-34 1785 7722 1007 2153 442 222 1099 588 444 14 .307 .358 .471
    28 Tony Oliva 39.7 1962 1976 23-37 1676 6880 870 1917 329 220 947 448 645 86 .304 .353 .476
    29 Darryl Strawberry 39.2 1983 1999 21-37 1583 6326 898 1401 256 335 1000 816 1352 221 .259 .357 .505
    30 Maury Wills 37.5 1959 1972 26-39 1942 8306 1067 2134 177 20 458 552 684 586 .281 .330 .331
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 1/11/2013.

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    So, which ones should be in the Hall of Fame? And, why aren’t more people bitching about Bobby Grich falling off the ballot after his first year in 1992?

    Roger Clemens Is Not Standing In George Steinbrenner’s Box & He Just Tweeted “Muchie Peachie”! Oh, My Gawd & Goodness Gracious!

    Posted by on January 9th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Classic.

    Greg Maddux

    Posted by on January 9th, 2013 · Comments (11)

    Is there any chance that Mad Dog does not get elected to the Hall of Fame next year?

    BBWAA Pitches A Cooperstown Shutout

    Posted by on January 9th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Their announcement:

    A winning candidate did not emerge from the Hall of Fame balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and verified by Ernst & Young. There were 569 ballots cast, the third highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates in the 2013 vote gained mention on the required 75 percent for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 needed for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage. Five blank ballots were among those submitted. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris with 385 (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell with 339 (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza with 329 (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines with 297 (52.2).

    Commenting on the election, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said, “The standards for earning election to the Hall of Fame have been very high ever since the rules were created in 1936. We realize the challenges voters are faced with in this era. The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide.”

    This is the eighth election by the BBWAA that did not produce a Hall of Famer and the first since 1996.

    This is great for those who like a baseball debate. But, it’s terrible for the Cooperstown economy. Induction weekend this year is going to be a ghost town…

    Gotta think that Biggio gets in next year.  But, I’m not sure I see the reason to make him wait.  And, maybe next year is the big one for Jack Morris too?

    This Morning’s Good HOF Ballot Read

    Posted by on January 9th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Nice column from Nate Silver.

    Sweet spreadsheet!  (Why the heck does Jill Painter have voting rights?  Geeeesh.)

    And, if you want more, check out Joe Pos today.

    Who Gets More HOF Votes This Year, David Wells Or Julio Franco?

    Posted by on January 7th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    What do you think?

    Any other two players on this year’s ballot who you think it would be fun to have a H-T-H vote race with?  Who are they?

    When Derek Jeter Goes Into Cooperstown

    Posted by on January 4th, 2013 · Comments (18)

    I know that’s going to be about seven years from now.  But, when it happens – and it’s going to happen – do you know how insane an event it’s going to be?

    The village of Cooperstown is going to be swamped that weekend.  And, there’s going to be TONS of money to be made by a lot of people.

    It may just be the biggest and craziest  induction weekend in the history of the Hall of Fame.  And, I wonder who, from all the parties involved, will be the one who comes out on top in terms of getting their arms around this thing and controlling what happens, etc.

    Hopefully, someone will make a documentary of the whole thing as it unfolds.  It would be great if someone captures all the angles to this happening – include the inside ones.

    No One Elected To Cooperstown This Year?

    Posted by on January 3rd, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Exit polls suggest this is true.

    It will be interesting if Piazza doesn’t make it and then his book comes out next month…

    And, I still think Biggio is going to make it this year.

    Cooperstown Ballots & PEDs

    Posted by on November 28th, 2012 · Comments (21)

    Two really good reads on this today: Tyler Kepner and Peter Abraham.

    There really seems to be two camps forming on this matter…

    Raul Ibanez Sleeps His Way Into Hall Of Fame

    Posted by on November 7th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    It’s a pretty cool story – via the good folks at Cooperstown

    Shortly after sunrise on a cold November Saturday morning in Cooperstown, Raul Ibanez reached down to high-five his 11-year-old son, Raul Jr., upon learning of his history-making Friday night.

    Though the 2011 major league season had concluded a week earlier, Ibanez was all smiles in learning that he had just become the first major league player in history – active or retired – to spend the night in the famed Plaque Gallery at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

    “RJ, we are a part of history,” father Raul explained to son.

    On Friday night, RJ and his teammates from the Lower Merion (PA) Little League travel team participated in the Museum’s “Extra Innings Overnight” program in Cooperstown. More than 40 kids and parents had an exclusive experience to learn more about baseball’s history, see the game’s priceless treasures through artifact presentations and watch baseball-themed films before calling it a night in sleeping bags on the floor of the hallowed Hall.

    Among the bronze plaques of the 295 players, managers, umpires and executives who have earned the highest honor in the game’s history, Ibanez and his son were fans for a night, in awe of the Hall of Fame. The morning after, they were wide-eyed from this special program that allows fans a chance to “sleep over” at the Hall of Fame during the fall and winter months.

    “It was an amazing experience,” Raul Sr. said. “We will have memories that will last forever with my son out of this. He’ll be 50 one day and we’ll be talking about this visit to Cooperstown.”

    The fact that Ibanez was able to achieve the milestone with his son was more than just part of the story on this November night: It was the reason the father-son duo traveled together to Cooperstown. The Ibanezes spend quality time while participating in evening programs in the Museum, sharing stories and laughs, before falling asleep in the enclaves of the Gallery, with the plaques of baseball heroes above them, dreaming of baseball greatness.

    “It was really fun,” said Raul Jr. “I enjoyed everything about it. It’s pretty cool to sleep in the Hall of Fame Gallery. This was something our team wanted to do together. It was great for us to be able to visit the Hall of Fame as a team.”