December 8, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Bret Boone

BRET BOONE
First Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER:  Seattle Mariners (1992–1993), Cincinnati Reds (1994–1998), Atlanta Braves (1999), San Diego Padres (2000), Seattle Mariners (2001–2005) and Minnesota Twins (2005)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .266 batting average, 252 home runs and 1021 RBI in 1780 games in 14 Major League seasons.  Hit 20 or more home runs in six seasons.  Three-time All-Star (1998, 2001 and 2003).   

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@takewada:  John Olerud, Bret Boone, and Edgar Martinez are on the Hall of Fame Ballot. I wish I could vote for them!

HOVG THOUGHTS:  There are plenty of reasons why Bret Boone won't make it into the Hall of Fame and none of them have to do with Jose Canseco calling him out in his best-selling book "Juiced".  That said, in 1992, he became the first ever third generation Major Leaguer.  Six years later, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone. 

Oh...it is also said he is a descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone.


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