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Roberto Alomar, pioneering stat guy to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Jan 28, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

No, not the one in Cooperstown, because the people that run and vote for it are too addle-minded to do such manifestly smart things. It’s the Canadian one doing the good work:

Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. Alomar missed out on induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by eight votes earlier this month. He was selected for the Canadian version on Thursday. The 12-time All-Star will be enshrined in St. Marys, Ontario, along with longtime reliever Paul Quantrill, former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith and statistical guru Allan Roth.

The thousand injuries of the National Baseball Hall of Fame I have borne the best I could, but now that the one north of the border is wise enough to induct (a) one of the best second basemen of all time; and (b) the first full-time stat guy to ever be employed by a team, I’m just going to give up on Cooperstown and throw my support behind the one in St. Mary’s, Ontario.

And while I’m happy to see Alomar honored, it’s Roth’s induction that really makes me happy. For those who have never heard of him, Roth was hired by Branch Rickey in 1947 to keep stats for the Dodgers’ top farm team, the Montreal Royals, and later went on to Brooklyn and Los Angeles, retiring in the mid 60s. While surely some players and coaches identified and appreciated the importance of OBP and platoon advantages before him, Roth championed them in the Dodgers front office, helping turn a simple observation into an important part of a winning organizational philosophy.

Why couldn’t Alomar make it into Cooperstown in his first year? What are the odds that we’ll ever see Bill James in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Why shouldn’t I start stumping for Paul Quantrill?  The answers to these questions will probably shape how I feel about the Hall of Fame for some time.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 28, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Is Andre Dawson in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, did he complain about being shown wearing an Expos cap?

  2. gumbercules - Jan 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    This is 18% less of an honor than going into Cooperstown. Good on ya, Robbie (and the others).

  3. t ball - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    It was Roth who ordered the hit on the Pantangeli brothers.

  4. Fuzzball the Magnificent - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    And now a “Cask of Amontillado” reference? I may start an “English Teachers for Craig” fan club (we’ll call it ETC).

  5. Delta Faucet - Feb 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    I’m sure I’ll be back with content like this!

  6. Floor Lamps - Feb 28, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    I’m sure I’ll be back with content like this!

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