O’ Neil joined five other all-time greats who earned their place on the game’s all-time team. The other posthumous inductees joining Buck — a great ambassador of the Negro Leagues — are Minnie Miñoso and Bud Fowler, a Black player who had a trailblazing career in the 19th century.
This class also includes MLB greats Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, and the great Tony Oliva in the 2022 Hall of Fame Class that will be inducted during ceremonies scheduled for July 24 in Cooperstown, New York.
Arguably the face of the Negro Leagues, having been featured prominently in Ken Burns documentary “Baseball”, O’Neil was among a group of six players who were a part of the class that includes two other players who were groomed in the Negro Leagues while they were racially locked out by the game’s color barrier.
John “Buck” O’Neil, played for the Memphis Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs as a first baseman and manager in the Negro League from 1937 to 1948. In 1962.
He became the first Black coach and scout for the MLB’s Chicago Cubs for only one year.
Buck O’Neil was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 5 2021O’Neil had a brilliant playing career in the Negro Leagues from 1937 to 1955.
He played for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League in 1937 and also for the Kansas City Monarchs, who went on to win four consecutive Negro American League pennants while on that roster.
However, O’Neil made his greatest impact off the field in the decades that followed. His coaching career began as a player-manager for the Monarchs from 1948 to 1955. The Chicago Cubs ultimately hired him as a scout before promoting him to the full time coaching staff.
Miñoso, who died at 89 in 2015, played three years in the Negro Leagues before joining the Cleveland [Guardians] organization prior to the 1949 season. In 1951 he reached the Major Leagues and became a full-time player with the White Sox, and made an immediate impact.
Minoso was second in the 1951 rookie of the year voting and was a seven American League All-Star with the White Sox and won three Gold Gloves as an outfielder.
He is noted historically for becoming the first Afro-Latino to play in the Major Leagues in 1948 when he was signed by the Cleveland franchise.
MLB regards Fowler as a journeyman who played for several teams during his career, which took place before most modern stats were recorded.
Fowler began making his mark on the sport in the minor leagues 75 years before Jackie Robinson changed the complexion of baseball in 1947. He is also acknowledged as the first Black professional player in 1878 before there were any organized Negro League teams.
The taste inside Marcus Semien‘s mouth must be sweeter than a bee hive.
A season after being left for dead by the Oakland A’s and accepting a position change and a one-year “show me” deal from the Toronto Blue Jays, Semien is cashing in on a seven-year/$175M deal with the Texas Rangers.
Reports say Semien, one of the coveted middle infielders on the free agent market, wanted to get his next contract finalized prior to the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on December 1, as a lockout and transactions freeze are widely expected to follow.
The Rangers organization entered free agency with the intention of being agressive in acquiring talent that could help lift the franchise out of its current rut. Texas finished in last place in the AL West the last two seasons, including a disasterous 102-loss season in 2021.
MLBTR projected Semien for six years and $138MM. But who gives a damn about their projections. Semien is a beast of a player, a quiet leader and positive clubhouse influence. More importantly, he seems to be a player in his prime, not on the decline.
Semien Raising The Bar For FA Shortstops?
There’s a belief that Semien’s deal raises the potential contract value for younger shortstops such as Carlos Correa (age 27), Corey Seager (28 in April), Trevor Story (who just turned 29) and Javier Baez (29).
That’s not neccessarily true as Baez is coming off a terribel season with the Mets, Seager is injury prone and Correa’s offensive inconsistency raises some question marks.
However, don’t expect Semien to be clocking the next man’s pockets. He has his work cut out helping to create a winning culture in Texas.
There’s not a more deserving player than Semien, who earned every penny with a record-breaking 2021 season that we won’t soon forget.
As predicted, Semien gets the bag and the Texas Rangers can now say they have one of the league’s Best 10 players — and go from there.
He led all outfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating (13.3) and led all centerfielders in Defensive Runs Above Average (15.3).
The one-time World Series winner made just three errors in 365 chances, had 11 assists, and finished with a .992 fielding percentage.
Taylor has above average speed and makes really good reads on balls: Just know that if there is a ball hit in the outfield and it’s not leaving the park, Taylor is going to have a good chance tracking it down.
Semien will probably add a Silver Slugger Award to go along with his Gold Glove Award.
This brother had an amazing season and was one of the hottest players in all of baseball from April to October.
In his first season with the Blue Jays, Semien spent most of his time at second base. He broke the record for home runs by a second baseman in an MLB season, but his glove work was just as prominent. Semien definitely had an MVP-caliber season.
He made a total of nine errors in 590 chances, while finishing with 363 assists and a .985 fielding percentage.
Before coming over to Toronto, Semien spent most of his time playing shortstop. Making that transition to second base seemed to work out just fine.
He led all AL second basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating at 6.6. Semien was one player who definitely made a name for himself this season and he quickly became a fan favorite.
Michael Taylor and Marcus Semien did their thing on the field this season and it’s great to see that their efforts did not go unnoticed.
National League pitcher Marcus Stroman was snubbed for his Gold Glove, but the AL got it right with these guys.