The last time I spoke to R.A. Dickey it was 2010. It was a late spring morning in Port St. Lucie and he was sitting, legs crossed, on a wooden stool, Mets pinstripe pants, three-quarter sleeved t-shirt, stirrups, no shoes, quietly gnawing on a hot dog and eating baked beans off a paper plate in front of his temporary “space” in the New York Mets locker room. From a distance, Dickey appeared lost and alone amongst the anxious rookies and loud overconfident veterans. In hindsight, he probably was — at that moment in time.
Will Roger Clemens get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown? That is the reverberating question following Monday’s not guilty verdict in Clemens’s perjury case.
The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot states: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.
No player in Phillies history — which dates back to 1890 (and includes a two-year blip in 1943-1944 when they were the Philadelphia Blue Jays) — has reached the 20 home run plateau faster than Raul Ibanez. Not Mike Schmidt. Not Ryan Howard. Not Richie Allen, Greg Luzinski, Chuck Klein, Jim Thome, Del Ennis or Johnny Callison.