With all the buzz of the Zack Greinke trade finally dying down we have a new set of news buzz to address. The Hall of Fame. On the the ballot right now is Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, Tino Martinez, and Juan “Going Going Going” Gonzales. People are already speculating that Palmeiro probably wont make it due to his activity in the steroids scandal. Which is fine with me. As far as the other guys, I think that Gonzales and Bagwell have the best chance for first time ballot.
With Doc Hallady’s playoff no-hitter topping the charts of the 2010 best gems of the season, the Phillies were still not done wheeling and dealing. With a missed opportunity to aquire Zack Greinke the Phillies moved on to signing free agent J.C Romero. J.C Romero is a left hander that is needed in the Phillies bullpen since Dennys Reyes failed to come onboard earlier in the season. Coming off an injury plagued 2009 season, Romero posted a 3.68 ERA but walked 29 batters in 36 2/3 innings.
Trevor Hoffman, the all time saves leader is protecting his return for 2011. Although he states that his health is holding up fine it is his emotional state that he is concerned about. There is also that problem if any team is willing to give Hoffman a job. If anything is for sure Hoffman claims that memorable game at Miller Park on Sept 7th that got him his 600th save will be never forgotten.
Another pitching legend looking to make a return in 2012. Jamie Moyer. Moyer pitched 19 games for the Phillies last season, and went 9-9 with a 4.48 ERA. With a career win/lose record at 267-204, and 24 big league seasons under his belt, Moyer is confident that he will get a spring training invite from someone. “Its hard to get a job at the age of 49. Or maybe its not.” Stated Moyer to the Seattle Times. “Throughout my career, Ive always had to earn the situation Ive been in. I dont expect anyone to give me anything. Its never been that way, so why now?” Moyer stated. Moyer fresh off elbow surgery will try to gauge a comeback possibility as he is expected to miss the entire 2011 season due to recovery time.
Brad Hawpe could be the latest addition to the San Diego Padres. Hawpe has spent the majority of his nine seasons in the Majors in the outfield. But posting some mediocre numbers last season has idealy been what the Padres have been looking for. A career .279 hitter, who knocked in 116 runs in 2007 with the Rockies, and hit .245 with nine dingers, and 44 RBIs between the Rockies, and the Rays in 103 games last season. Hawpe has some potential, and thats what the Padres are seeing. With the missing hole at First Base since the Padres delt away three time All-Star Adrian Gonzales to beantown, the Padres are looking to fill that hole with Hawpe. With some very impressive numbers at Petco park, not a friendly stadium for left-handed hitters but Hawpe has been able to post a .281 BA, five home runs, and 21 RBIs in 153 AB there. Not to mention a .371 OBP. Impressive? Ask Petco park.