Monday is opening day for the Seattle Mariner’s American League baseball team. They are my team of preference, me being from the Seattle area and all. Baseball has been a big part of my life. My father’s family were baseball people. My grandfather played on local baseball teams in Montana when he was a young man in the early 20th century. My dad and his brothers played.Â I played organized and sandlot ball all the way through high school. Â Needless to say baseball is in my blood.
This time of year I get a little excited when spring training winds down and the final lineups are set for that first game of the season.Â It’s a little harder when your team hasn’t been playing well but there is always something to get you going.Â Ichiro has developed an ulcer problem so he won’t be starting the season but Jr.Â is back.Â Ken Griffey Jr., possibly the most exciting player I ever watched, has returned to Seattle for a career ending stint with the team who brought him out.Â He won’t be the player he was but he will probably be the person he was and that is worth a lot.Â Good omens and bad.Â We are starting and I am ready.
It was about this same time of year, 2 or 3 years ago that it occured to me that it would be really interesting to look at major league baseball history from a generational standpoint.Â That gave me an excuse to spend hours pawing through old baseball statistics online and in various giant baseball statistics books.Â I eventually ended up with a web page I call Baseball Generations that essentially proposes generational all star teams for each of the generations since major league baseball became a reality.Â I made some changes recently but it is essentially the same idea.Â It was a blast and I would invite you to visit the page and see if you agree with my picks.
With all that in mind I wanted to announce that, once again, I have started thinking about baseball in the spring and I have decided I need to recognize all of the baseball Hall of Famers on my baseball page.Â I am in the process of adding them into the generational lineups and I am glad I am doing it.Â A lot of people that get picked for the Hall of Fame do so in spite of not ending up on the Top 10 lists because their ongoing, consistent contributions are overshadowed by the statistical wonders that dominate the headlines every day. Â To me, that seems like a good enough reason to make a spot for them on my lists. Â Also, since my lists spans the entire history of major league baseball, this exercise brings back some deserving names that have faded with time.