Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to Cooperstown? Not surprising. Lovie Smith fired and Calvin Johnson considering retirement? Very, very surprising. We’ll get to those topics and more (including a monkey walking a tightrope) here at Thursday’s Cheat Sheet…
Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Griffey got elected in his first year of eligibility, while Piazza had to wait four years. Here’s more:
Griffey received votes on 437 of 440 ballots, earning a record 99.3% of the vote. Over his 22-year career with the Mariners, Reds, and White Sox, Griffey hit .284/.370/.538 with 630 home runs. Griffey made 13 All-Star teams over his career and won 10 Gold Gloves, also claiming the 1997 AL MVP award and seven Silver Slugger awards.
Piazza received votes on 365 of 440 ballots, earning 83.0% of the vote. Over his 16-year career with the Mets, Dodgers, A’s, Padres, and (ever so briefly) Marlins, Piazza hit .308/.377/.545 with 427 home runs. He was a 12-time All-Star, ten-time Silver Slugger winner, and the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year.
Piazza named on 83 percent of the ballots. .. Bagwell 71.6, Raines 69.8, Hoffman 67.3, Schilling 52.3, Clemens 45.2, Bonds 44.3, Edgar 43.3
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 6, 2016
Others: Mussina 43, Trammell 40.9, Smith 34.1, McGriff 20.9, Kent 16.6, Walker 15.5, McGwire 12.3, Sheffield 11.6, Wager 10.5, Sosa 7.0
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 6, 2016
In your reminder that many Hall of Fame voters are crazy: THREE VOTERS LEFT KEN GRIFFEY JR. OFF THEIR BALLOTS.
It’ll be fascinating to hear the reasoning of the 3 voters who didn’t vote for Griffey — assuming they’re willing to identify themselves — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 6, 2016
Three voters omitted Griffey. Time to stand up and explain why. — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 6, 2016
congrats to the 3 baseball writers who will get all the clicks on their “why i didn’t vote for ken griffey, jr.” columns — andy levy (@andylevy) January 6, 2016
The 3 writers who didn’t vote for Ken Griffey Jr. now get to explain on multiple media platforms that they did NOT do this for attention. — Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) January 6, 2016
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens got a notable vote bump in comparison to last year, with Bonds going from 36.8% to 44.3%, and Clemens going from 37.5% to 45.2%.
Edgar Martinez made a big jump from 27% to 43.4%, but it’s still lame he’s not in as Fangraphs recently broke down well.
Even with all of the embarrassing ballots, The Comeback’s Alex Putterman explains how the Hall of Fame voting process is working just fine.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith
In a move that no one saw coming, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday night that they have fired Lovie Smith.
Lovie was fired after just two years with the Buccaneers, and after making a jump from two wins in 2014 to six wins in 2015, with a bad roster.
And it turns out the guy that was Lovie’s offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, may be the guy getting the Bucs’ head coaching job!
With Lovie Smith fired I would expect Dirk Koetter to be named head coach within the week. They still will interview a few other candidates.
— Mark Dominik (@MarkdominikESPN) January 7, 2016
For much more on the Lovie firing, as well as angry player reaction, you can read the full post I did on the topic.
Calvin Johnson is considering retiring from the NFL
The Lovie Smith news was stunning, but this next story is another level of stunning. Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is considering retiring from the NFL this offseason.
Statement from Calvin Johnson: “Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future.” — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 6, 2016
“I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 6, 2016
Megatron will be 31 next season and has been frequently banged-up over the last few years. It’s shown in his production taking a dive as well. He’s still very good, but not quite the “Megatron” level of awesome that we think when we think Calvin Johnson. So, if he decides he’s sick of the toll the game’s taken on his body both mentally and physically and wants to hang ’em up “early”, good for him.
This obviously has to have Lions fans thinking, “NOT AGAIN” after Barry Sanders’ “early” retirement too, though.
– The world champion Kansas City Royals made a big move on Wednesday, by re-signing outfielder Alex Gordon to a four-year, $72 million deal.
– There were rumors that Sean Payton could end up as the head coach of the 49ers, Dolphins, or Giants, but it appears Payton will remain head coach of the Saints.
– It never ends: Johnny Manziel received a traffic citation over the weekend.
– Didier Drogba is retiring from soccer, but will be an assistant coach for Chelsea.
– Steph Curry has a shin injury that may not heal for a month, but he doesn’t plan to sit out games.
– Kirk Cousins rocked an awesome Starter jacket at a Redskins press conference on Wednesday.
– Netflix added 130 countries on Wednesday. Kind of a big deal.
– A Las Vegas man was asked on the live news what he would do if he won Powerball… and the news certainly wishes they didn’t broadcast that.
One last breath of gratuitous procrastination
This guy and his Lamborghini do not care that it’s flooding in San Diego.
Screw it, one more breath of gratuitous procrastination
Folks, this is a big one: a monkey walking a tightrope. You can’t teach these skills.