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The Meck Radio Show w/ Bob Nightengale - USA TODAY Baseball Writer. 01/09/07
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A visit with my friend Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY re his MLB Hall Of Fame Ballot.
The inductees will be named today.
I first met Bob in the early 90's. He was writing for the LA Times.[covering the San Diego Padres]
His thoughts on Tony Gwynn:
'A Wonderful Guy. The Dale Murphy of The West'. 'A Fabulous hitter. '
'Down to earth. He would treat a Jr. High reporter the same as one from CBS.'- Bob Nightengale
Your MLB Hall of Fame Ballot ?
'Gwynn, Ripken [In for sure].'
'Goose Gossage [closer than people think].'
'Jack Morris - Possibly the Greatest Postseason pitching performance of all-time.'
'10 shutout innings over the Braves in '91 World Series.'
'Bert Blyleven.' - BN
We talk about Cal Ripken's streak [ 1982 - 1995] 2131 consec games played.
Bob tells a funny story.. Cal says 2 years before the streak ended ..
His wife is about to give birth to their son.
The media is saying, Cal can't miss a game to break the streak.
He explains it to his wife: You wouldn't want our son to carry that label with him,
for breaking the streak .. Would you ? She bought it, Cal said. - BN
'I can see a group buying the Orioles one day and making Cal the President.' - BN
'Gwynn was an All-Wac Point Guard at San Diego State, drafted by the San Diego Clippers.' - BN
On Mark McGuire:' Even if this guy was clean - He wasn't a slam dunk for the H of Fame[first ballot].'
One dimmensional. A lot of bad years. He wasn't consistent. - BN
'Bonds was a Hall of Famer before the suspicions.' - BN
'I don't think it's a slam dunk he'll break Henry's record.[ this year]' - Bob Nightengale
Why is it that the Braves don't seem to have any money? [ when most other teams do]
' [With their payroll staying at 80 million] They've got a ton of money.'
'With the TV and everything else, they're making a killing.' - BN
Re the Braves sale - Time Warner/Liberty Media negotiations reportedly deadlocked.
Bob discusses his thoughts on whether the deal will go thru.
'I'd certainly rather have the Braves than the Cubs.' 'The Braves are a great franchise.' - BN
[ If the current negotiations with Liberty fall through]
Do you think Donald Watkins could enter the picture as a candidate to buy the Braves?
'He could. With the price of ethanol going up. [and his assets]' - BN
Do you think Donald will own a team and be the first black owner ?
'As long as he doesn't get discouraged [with the process]. Donald's been a success.'
'He would be great for the game, with his personality and itelligence.' - BN
'It would be a cinderella story. Grew up in the same church with Dr. King.' [as his pastor]
'I'd probably move down to Atlanta myself and work out of there.'
'I know I could get some good hot dogs in his booth/box.' - Bob Nightengale.
Your guess at the vote totals [ today] for the H of Fame - Gwynn and Ripken.
'Ripken, at least 98%. More than Tom Seaver.'
'Gwynn, at 99%. Within 2 or 3 votes of being unanimous.' - BN
Has anyone ever been unanimous ?
'Never' [ in Baseball History]. BN
Update on Jimbo Saga.
What made Jimbo Fisher stop waflling on Bobby Bowden and honor his commitment ?
Saturday nite, FSU withdrew their offer to Jimbo [ tired of being played like a piano.]
Sunday morning .. Jimbo and/or his agent Jimmy Sexton called Bobby Bowden.
They wanted to talk and Bobby must have listened and Monday a deal was done. Finally.
A Burning Bridge was doused by a forgiving 78-year-old friend and legend.
A longtime family friendship saved and a coaching career rescued.
It never pays to disrespect anyone, much less a 78-year-old. Plus a Coaching Legend.
Thanks to my friend Bob Nightengale for his insight on today's Hall of Fame vote.
Plus his thoughts on Gwynn, Ripken, the Braves, and Business Icon Donald Watkins.
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