Keltner List: Brian McCann

Once a year, Mac used to write up a Keltner List for a retired Brave, as a way of debating whether he deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s been several years since we’ve had one, but the recently retired Brian McCann deserves to have his candidacy seriously considered. Here’s Mac’s standard … Continue reading “Keltner List: Brian McCann”

Keltner List: Barry Bonds (by Kevin Lee)

Here’s an easy one: who threw the ball when Sid slid? Before this discussion, here’s Mac’s preamble for these lists: The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do … Continue reading “Keltner List: Barry Bonds (by Kevin Lee)”

Keltner List: Billy Wagner

Once a year, Mac used to write up a Keltner List for a retired Brave, as a way of debating whether he deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Two years ago, I wrote one for Kenny Lofton; last year, Sansho wrote one for Deacon White, who played for the Boston Red Stockings … Continue reading “Keltner List: Billy Wagner”

Keltner List: Deacon White (by sansho1)

Deacon White was one of the earliest baseball stars, and thanks to the Veterans Committee he is the only player in the Hall of Fame class of 2013 (a mere 145 years after drawing his first baseball paycheck). Braves connection – he was the batting star of the 1877 champion Boston Red Stockings! No, this … Continue reading “Keltner List: Deacon White (by sansho1)”

Rock ‘n Roll Keltner List: Devo

This is the first Rock ‘n Roll Keltner List, and I wrote the questions to closely model the standard formula. Here’s Mac’s standard preamble to Keltner lists: The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it … Continue reading “Rock ‘n Roll Keltner List: Devo”

Keltner List: Mike Piazza (by Kevin Lee)

Mike Piazza was never a Brave. But boy, we saw a lot of him. He spent virtually his entire career in the National League, amassed a season’s worth of at-bats against the Braves, and he just killed us: 155 games, 614 PA, .303/.376/.572, 38 HR, 111 RBI. Of course, that was the typical Mike Piazza … Continue reading “Keltner List: Mike Piazza (by Kevin Lee)”

Keltner List: Kenny Lofton

Mac made it an offseason tradition to write a “Keltner List” for one ex-Brave who either was on the cusp of the Hall of Fame, or in Mac’s opinion, should have been considered worthy. It’s called “Keltner List” in reference to Ken Keltner, a third baseman who’s a charter member of the Hall of the … Continue reading “Keltner List: Kenny Lofton”

Keltner List: Joe Torre

The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do that. (You can read about the background in that book, or do a Google search, for further information.) I’m going … Continue reading “Keltner List: Joe Torre”

Keltner List: Javy Lopez

The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do that. (You can read about the background in that book, or do a Google search, for further information.) So let’s … Continue reading “Keltner List: Javy Lopez”