Embrace the Chaos: Omar Vizquel

A bonus version of Embrace the Chaos looking at perhaps the most polarizing candidate on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Omar Vizquel played in almost 3000 major league games, was a steady and reliable shortstop on six postseason-qualifying teams. And yet, he has many vocal detractors and is derided as a compiler. Whither Omar … Continue reading “Embrace the Chaos: Omar Vizquel”

Embrace the Chaos: Curt Schilling

In the final installment of Embrace the Chaos, we look at Curt Schilling‘s Hall of Fame resume. More to the point, Schilling is the cautionary tale of what happens when a celebrity doesn’t know when to shut his mouth. His post-career pratfalls and perhaps worse have obscured a brilliant career that merits enshrinement in the Hall of … Continue reading “Embrace the Chaos: Curt Schilling”

Embrace the Chaos: Billy Wagner

Turning our attention to the pitchers, this entry of Embrace the Chaos looks at longtime closer Billy Wagner. One of the most dominant firemen bridging two generations of baseball, Billy the Kid’s Hall of Fame case is clouded by the two, popularly preeminent closers in front of him. Somehow that’s considered a bad thing. As … Continue reading “Embrace the Chaos: Billy Wagner”

Embrace the Chaos: Adam Dunn

Let’s face it, after a 2019 full of faux pas, unforced errors, glorified tennis balls and myriad scandals simmering just underneath the surface, Hall of Fame talk doesn’t hold the same, sacrosanct place for those of us used to bickering over the merits of x or y. To that end, Bronx to Bushville co-founder Brent … Continue reading “Embrace the Chaos: Adam Dunn”

More than thin air: Ellis Burks and lazy typecasting

OG Colorado Rockies fans certainly remember Ellis Burks, an integral part of the Blake Street Bombers. Casual baseball fans think of Burks as a thin air wonder, like Larry Walker. Also like Walker, such an approach doesn’t do him justice.