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Best NL West players Still Not Elected to Hall of Fame

With all 30 MLB teams opening their stadiums in some capacity, fans are filling up ballparks once again.

KNOXVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES, July 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) failed to elect any new members in the Hall of Fame for 2021. This marks the first shutout in eight years. For a player to be inducted, they must receive 75% of the total ballots. Since voting began in 1936, this rare occurrence has only happened nine times.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t quality players waiting to hear their name called. Every team has its own list of Hall of Fame hopefuls. Let’s explore the credentials for the best players from each NL West team.

Best NL West players

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

On stats alone, Curt Schilling is perhaps one of the most deserving. A former World Series MVP, Schilling has dominated in the postseason. He’s posted a 2.23 ERA in 19 career playoff starts. Despite playing for several teams, the pitcher reached his pinnacle with the Diamondbacks. He retired with 216 wins and 3,116 Ks, ranking him 15th in all-time strikeouts. While few deny his accomplishments on the field, some voters have voiced concerns about his life off the diamond. Despite gaining in recent years, Schilling asked to be removed from the ballot after only getting 70% of the votes in 2020.

Colorado Rockies

Another player with a strong argument, Todd Helton is one of only eight players to finish with at least 350 homers and a .315 batting average. Spending his entire, 17-season career with the same team, Todd Helton is also the only Rockies player to have his number retired. Even though his fellow teammate Larry Walker just got inducted last year, Todd Helton continues to wait for his call.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrián Beltré and his abrupt exit from the Dodgers have left many voters (and fans) wondering “what if.” Signed as a 19-year-old prospect out of the Dominican Republic, he left during his seventh season with the Dodgers. Playing with several other clubs, the third baseman went on to nap five Gold Gloves and was a four-time All-Star.

San Diego Padres

Gary Sheffield played a remarkable 22 seasons, but only two of these were spent in San Diego. Yet they were probably the best of his career. Other than Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the outfielder is the only other Padres player to win a batting title. However, he received less than 41% of the BBWAA’s votes in 2021. This leaves him as a long shot to ever get elected.

San Francisco Giants

Like Schilling, Barry Bonds obviously merits consideration on production alone. His 762-career home run is the most in league history. However, his link to steroids and the performance-enhancing drug era has derailed his candidacy. Next year will be his final year on the ballot.

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Los Angeles Just Elected a Liberal D.A. He’s Already Facing a Recall Effort.

Los Angeles, under Mr. Gascón’s predecessor, Jackie Lacey, maintained a more punitive approach to crime, and in recent years sent people to state prison at four times the rate of San Francisco.

Mr. Gascón, who won the office from Ms. Lacey by a wide margin in November, speaks often about how, as an officer, he found himself locking up multiple generations of Black men from the same family. Over time, his views on crime and punishment changed, and he said he sees it as his job as district attorney to undo the damage of that time, especially for Black and Latino communities in Los Angeles.

“Those days continue to haunt me,” he said of his time as an officer, in his inauguration speech.

Mr. Gascón points to data that shows lengthy sentences increase recidivism and thus make the public less safe — a direct rebuttal to those supporting the recall in the name of public safety. He believes that most people, even some that have been convicted of violent crimes and especially those who committed their crimes when they were young, deserve second chances. He has also promised to do more to hold the police accountable for on-duty shootings, and is reviewing old cases in which Ms. Lacey declined to prosecute.

Mr. Gascón said that his office will carefully weigh whether a person is suitable for release, either because of advanced age or because they are model inmates, and that people still believed to be dangerous to the public will not be let out early. And judges and parole boards would have the final say.

Already, in his first three months in office, prosecutors have sought roughly 8,000 fewer years in prison compared to the same period a year ago through eliminating many so-called enhancements — special circumstances such as the use of a gun in a crime, or gang affiliations or prior felonies under the “three strikes law,” a pillar of an earlier era’s war on crime — that can add years to a sentence.

The elimination of enhancements has perhaps provoked the most anger from his own prosecutors, who form the largest office in the country. A lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney’s Association resulted in a judge ruling largely in favor of the union, saying that in most active cases underway before Mr. Gascón took office he cannot order prosecutors to eliminate the enhancements.

Richard Ceballos, a longtime deputy district attorney who prosecutes gang cases, said he was outraged when he was ordered by the new administration to remove a gang enhancement in a case in which an alleged MS-13 gang member was accused of stabbing a transgender woman in MacArthur Park. He briefly ran for the top job before exiting the race in 2020, and endorsed Mr. Gascón.

Author: Tim Arango
This post originally appeared on NYT > Top Stories

Troy Carter Elected to Congress From Louisiana

Author: Jonathan Martin
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

WASHINGTON — State Senator Troy Carter won a special U.S. House election Saturday in Louisiana, a triumph for the pragmatic wing of the Democratic Party.

Mr. Carter defeated State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, who ran to the left, capturing 55 percent to her 45 percent with about 80 percent of precincts reporting in a Black-majority district that stretches from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

His victory represents a vote of confidence in the previous occupant of the seat, former Representative Cedric Richmond, who endorsed Mr. Carter before resigning to become a senior adviser to President Biden.

Ms. Peterson and Mr. Carter, both veteran Democrats, positioned themselves in very different ways.

Winning the support of an array of progressives, Ms. Peterson sought to link Mr. Carter to former President Donald J. Trump, a deeply unpopular figure in Louisiana’s only majority-minority district.

“There will be times when I can work with Republicans, but I am not going to compromise my values on Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, passing the George Floyd Act,” Ms. Peterson said in the race’s final debate this week.

A former state Democratic Party chair and vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Ms. Peterson is rooted in her party’s establishment wing. Yet she sought to outflank Mr. Carter in the runoff, in part by trying to appeal to the Louisianans who supported the third-place finisher in the first round of voting last month, the Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers Jr. However, she was not able to consolidate support from many of the white liberals in New Orleans who rallied to Mr. Chambers in March.

In mailers, Ms. Peterson placed images of Mr. Carter and Mr. Trump side by side. “Troy Carter & his Trump supporters, Not for Us!” one of them read.

Mr. Carter rejected the suggestion, calling it “foolishness” and noting in an interview with The Times-Picayune of New Orleans that he is the chairman of his party’s State Senate caucus.

However, he countered Ms. Peterson’s support from Mr. Chambers and other left-leaning groups by trying to win over Republicans and independents, who appeared to play a pivotal role in a low-turnout election.

Mr. Carter, for example, trumpeted his endorsement from Cynthia Lee Sheng, a Republican who is the president of Jefferson Parish, in the New Orleans suburbs. He routed Ms. Peterson there on Saturday.

“Listen, when you’re elected, you’re elected to represent the entire district — Republicans, Democrats, independents and others,” Mr. Carter said at the debate this week. “I will stand for those Democratic ideals that I believe in. I will fight for them until the end. But I will also come to the table to compromise to make sure that I bring resources home for the people of Louisiana.”

With his win on Saturday, Mr. Carter became Louisiana’s sole Democratic lawmaker in Congress, a position that can confer outsize influence on patronage when a Democrat is in the White House.

While both candidates supported abortion rights and gun control, they had differences on how aggressively they would pursue some of their policy objectives.

Ms. Peterson, for example, offered more full-throated opposition to the oil and gas industry, while Mr. Carter called for a more incremental approach toward weaning people off the products of one of the state’s largest industries.

Ms. Peterson enjoyed a financial advantage thanks to spending by outside groups such as Emily’s List, which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights. However, the race has also become something of a local proxy war between competing Democratic factions in New Orleans. The mayor, LaToya Cantrell, endorsed Ms. Peterson, while Mr. Richmond and Jason Williams, the New Orleans district attorney, supported Mr. Carter.