Flash forward: Cooperstown?

Ever think of Tom Gordon as Hall of Fame worthy? Doubtful. But maybe you should.

Nope, the durable right-hander who is in the D-backs’ camp trying to make the eighth team of his 21-year career won’t enter Cooperstown as anything but a tourist.
Yet he’s unique among the modern dual-career guys who’ve started and closed, the distinction which ushered Dennis Eckersley — 197 wins, 390 saves — into the Hall.
Gordon, who has made 203 starts (the last for the 1997 Red Sox) and 684 relief appearances, has 159 careers saves and 138 wins.
Besides Eck, of the 59 pitchers with 159-plus saves, only two had more wins: ’60s guys Lindy McDaniel (141) and Hoyt Wilhelm (143), who is also in the Hall of Fame.
Pretty good company for Flash. …
OIL CAN BOYD: So he’s thinking of making a comeback at 49, 18 years after throwing his last pitch, for the 1991 Rangers. Good for him. Any mention of the hyper Boyd brings to mind the late and great Gene Mauch, who used to refer to him as “Dip stick” Boyd. …
BOBBY ABREU: I’ve seen some reference to the Angels digging him out of the “bargain bin.” Huh? The guy is 34, has driven in 100-plus six straight seasons and seven of the last eight, has a lifetime on-base percentage of .405 and is the only active player with 300-plus steals and 200-plus homers. The bargain bin at Tiffany’s, maybe. …
ATLANTA: The Rodney Dangerfield of MLB cities. A.J. Burnett, Rafael Furcal, Jake Peavy, Ken Griffey, even John Smoltz have shown it no respect. The city hasn’t been dissed as much since Sherman blazed through it. …

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