Through 12 major league seasons and half that many clubs, lefthanded pitcher Jim Deshaies (84-95, 4.14 ERA) failed to amass the mound of stats usually needed to warrant a Hall of Fame nomination. Somehow, though, Deshaies is one of 32 players on this year's Cooperstown ballot. (The inductees will be announced on Jan. 16.) Deshaies (right), who spent most of his playing career with Houston and is now one of the club's broadcasters, has allowed two friends, former Astros publicists Chuck Pool and Craig Sanders, to design a witty website, putjdinthehall.com. Among other "accomplishments," Deshaies achieved immortality, as noted on the site's Major League Records link, by:
?Becoming, in 1984, the 1,000th player to don a Yankees uniform.
?Setting the National League record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game (eight, against the Dodgers in 1986).
?Setting the big league record for most career at bats (373) without an extra-base hit.
Moreover, the site notes, Deshaies's induction would furnish Cooperstown with its first Astros uniform and first number 43, thus numerically providing the missing link between Jackie Robinson's 42 and the 44 worn by sluggers Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson and Willie McCovey. "Our rallying cry is 'One man, one vote,' " says Sanders, mindful that one of last year's nominees, Hubie Brooks, failed to garner a single nod from among the 499 Hall of Fame balloters. "Jim's not exactly preparing his induction speech right now. He just doesn't want to be 'Hubie'd.' "