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As of right now, the Baseball Hall of Fame doesn't really have a place for a candidate like Dave Righetti.Righetti threw a no-hitter at 24 but didn't remain a starter long enough to get into Cooperstown as one. He became one of the best closers of the 1980s for the Yankees, even holding the single-season save record at one point, though his 252 saves wont get him enshrined as a reliever.Then theres Miguel Sano Jersey Righetti's career for nearly two decades thus far as pitching coach for theGiants. Righetti hasworked with a number of standout pitchers, helmed staffs for three World Series winners and has a reasonable caseas one of the betterpitching coaches in baseball history. But the Hall of Fame has yet to enshrine anyone as a pitching or hitting coach.Only rarely in Hall of Fame history, in fact, have candidates been enshrined as hybrid selections for both their playing careers and what they did thereafter. The few times this has happened, arguably with Hughie Jennings in 1945, John Montgomery Ward in 1964 and Al Lopez in 1977, the inductees each had managerial experience.On Sunday, as he sat in the Giants clubhouse before San Franciscos game against the visiting Cardinals, 57-year-old Righetti offered an idea for Cooperstown to addre s this."Maybe they should have a coacheswing,"Righetti said.It's a great idea.It's also fairly unlikely to happen anytime soon.Chances of Cooperstown implementing a coaches wing: 10 percentWhy: Certainly, thered be no shortage of candidates for a coaches wing at the Hall of Fame.At the top of the list could be the legendary Johnny Sain, who followed a superb pitching career in the 1940s and 50s by coachinga number of 20-game winners in the 1960s. Theres Sains disciple, former Bravespitching coach Leo Mazzone, who helped make Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz Hall of Famers."Any of those guys,"Righetti said, hearing Sain and Mazzones names. "Dave Duncan, Torii Hunter Jersey look at him. He caught a number of World Series games and what he did (coaching) with three different franchises, the White Sox, the As and of course the Cardinals."MORE: Hall of Fame shouldn'tdismi sLeo Mazzone and Johnny SainThere could be other worthy candidates for this wing, as well, such as baseballs first great hitting coach, Charley Lau, who tutored George Brett and others while with the Royals in the 1970s. The list goes on.But at this point, establishing a new wing at Cooperstown probably remains a pipe dream. The Hall of Fame is a conservative institution, where change moves at a glacial pace. Its why there are no position coaches enshrined, no scouts, no fans.Theres not Byron Buxton Jersey even a writerswing, much as the myth persists, though the Hall of Fame maintains an exhibit that features writers whove won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and broadcasters whove won the Ford Frick Award, equivalents of lifetime achievement awards for each group.Granted, Righetti never gave any of this much thought as a player."To say youre thinking about the Hall of Fame when youre 24 years old, that means someones doing some bad hyping,"Righetti said. You probably shouldnt pay attention to it.MORE: Tom Henke's early retirement might've cost him the Hall of FameRighettidoesnt spend a lot of time these days, either, thinking about his Hall of Fame case."It pretty much left my mind about 30 years ago, Righetti said.But aside from great coaches who might deserve a Hall of Fame nod, Righetti thinks more about other closers whove been pa sed over by Cooperstown."Its still very hard for Eduardo Escobar Jersey the greatest relievers in baseball to get a nod or get it right away, Righetti said.Hes absolutely correct. As of this juncture, only five closers have been enshrined, namely Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Bruce Sutter and Goose Go sage. Trevor Hoffman rose to 74 percent of the vote last year and looks poised to get in this year. Mariano Rivera will almost certainly be a shoo-in when he becomes eligible with the writers in the fall of 2018.Otherwise, though, it might be awhile before another closer gets in.MORE: Billy Wagner on HOF: 'I was talked about as one of the best'Righetti thinks of two men he played against in the minors, Lee Smith and Jeff Reardon. He thinks of the agele s John Franco, who finally wrapped up his career in 2005 at 44 with 424 saves."To me, it starts with Franco, Lee and Reardon, Righetti said. That was that group.Reardon was briefly baseballs all-time saves leader in the early 1990s but has long since been buriedon the all-time leader charts. Of Reardons closing prowe s, Righetti said, Ill bet he had 10 good years in a row of trying to do that job.Were it not for whats come since his playing career ended, Righetti might have faded into baseball obscurity by this point as well.Righetti happened into a roving instructor job with San Francisco somewhat by chance, going to a Giants' game not long Bert Blyleven Jersey after his career ended to see former teammates and others. Brian Sabean, then general manager of the Giants, called Righetti the next day."Well, Robby Thompson is going to go down to the instruction league with the Giants in Arizona and wed like to have you go down," Sabean told Righetti. "Robby said hed go down if you go down.""He told us both that, Righetti said. He got us both to go down that way. Once you go down, youre hooked.A couple years of roving instructional work for the organization led to Righettis job as pitching coach, now in its 18th year. He doesnt know how much longer hell do the job."The travels just not healthy, Righetti said. But if youre going to live in California, youve got to earn a paycheck. It dont matter how old you are. So well see. Im taking it really one year at a time."
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