In advance of the BBWAA’s announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, we at Eye On Baseball are going to commence ranking every one of (by the way, that’s ).
We’ll do this in daily installments, and the number of players in each “episode” will decrease as we get nearer to the top of the list. Once we hit the top 15, we will do one player per day.
As mentioned in , the JAWS ranking system () will play a prominent role in our ordering of these candidates, but there’s more to it than that. Your three hopelessly devoted EOB bloggers — Matt Snyder, the aforementioned Trent Rosecrans and dubious I — ranked each of these candidates according to a host of objective and subjective considerations, and we averaged those rankings to come up with the final order.
In this first go-round, we’ll count down numbers 37 through 31.
Before we unfurl things, a few notes on what you’ll find below. In addition to the obvious necessities (i.e., player’s ranking and name, positions played/role filled, teams toiled for, years played, notable traditional stats), we’ll also list the player’s year on the ballot (candidates fall off the BBWAA ballot after 15 years and/or if they fail to be named on five percent of ballots in any given year), player’s vote percentage from the previous year (when applicable), the player’s (bWAR) and rank among the 37 candidates, and his JAWS score and rank among candidates).
After a brief capsule of the player’s case (such as it is, in most instances), we’ll each give our official declarations on whether the player should be inducted (with our individual ranking of the playir 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Sunday evening.Two late goals made the result a little more flattering, but La Roja did need the Manchester United stopper to come up with a big save in the second half against Joannes Bjartalid when the score waser in parentheses, not unlike these parentheses right here).
So without further throat-clearing, let’s get to ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame eligibles. Starting at the bottom …
Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .289/.348/.435; 1,316 H; 107 HR; 545 RBI; 647 RbWAR, rank among candidates: 8.3, 37thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 8.6, 37th
Obviously, Walker doesn’t have a serious case for Cooperstown. Still, he was a useful hitter in platoon-advantaged situations throughout his career, and he spent more than 8,000 innings at second base. Survey his career, and you’re likely to say something like “not all that bad” or “he remained employed for many years.”Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (37th); Rosecrans: No (37th); Perry: No (35th)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: 80-109; 4.36 ERA; 1,548 2/3 IP; 1,038 K; 321 savesbWAR, rank among candidates: 9.6, 36th JAWS, ranks among candidates: 10.8, 36th
“Joe Table” is best remembered as a closer for the great Indians teams of the 1990s. In ’95, he turned in one of the great closer seasons of all time (1.13 ERA across 64 innings), but his career park-adjusted ERA is roughly league-average. That’s not impressive for a late-inning reliever. Mesa’s peak wasn’t long enough, and his career value doesn’t come close to passing muster. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (35th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (37th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .258/.312/.367; 1,904 H; 110 HR; 723 RBI; 935 R; 231 SBbWAR, rank among candidates: 16.4, 32ndJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.9, 32ndClayton stuck around long enough to come within hailing distance of 2,000 hits, and he was long regarded as a plus defender at a critical position (although he never won a Gold Glove). Needless to say, though, the glove work wasn’t enough to make up for his weaknesses at the plate. Worth noting: Clayton ranks 16th all-time in games played at short. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (36th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (33rd)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 68-63; 3.92 ERA; 1,114.0 IP; 895 K; 84 saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 13.3, 34thJAWS, ranks fter the defender changed his agent.The Germany international has failed to win back his first-team spot under new manager Mikel Arteta.And SBE Management has now confirmed the 27-year-old is their client.Mustafi has made just three Premier League apamong candidates: 13.8, 34thRighful heir to the Rick Honeycutt/Jesse Orosco title of Lefty Who Simply Will Not Stop Pitching, Stanton ranks second all-time in appearances (second to Orosco, natch). Stanton’s career ERA is 12 percent better than the league average on a park-adjusted basis. While that’s good, it’s not close to Cooperstown-grade run prevention. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (34th); Rosecrans: No (31st); Perry: No (36th)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: .285/.347/.443; 1,982 H; 214 HR; 1,071 RBI; 870 R bWAR, rank among candidates: 16.2, 33rdJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.7, 33rdThere’s a lot of “solid” to be found in Conine’s dossier, but the two-time All Star is far from a viable candidate for a plaque. Conine … persisted. Considering he wasn’t a major-league regular until age 27, Conine’s counting stats are fairly impressive in that context. Oddity: He ended his career in 22nd place on sac-flies list. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (33rd); Rosecrans: No (32nd); Perry: No (34th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 148-112; 4.61 ERA; 2,153.0 IP; 1,407 KbWAR, rank among candidates: 17.5, 30thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 17.5, 30thSele’s a two-time All Star and has a top-five Cy Young finish to his credit. But if you’re going to pass BBWAA muster with fewer than 250 wins (let alone a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, h fewer than 150, as is the case with Sele), you need to have a Sandy Koufax- or Pedro Martinez-like peak. Suffice it to say, Sele didn’t come anywhere close to that.
Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (32nd); Rosecrans: No (34th); Perry: No (32nd)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: 67-71; 3.45 ERA; 1,071 1/3 IP; 945 K; 325 Saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 17.2, 31st JAWS, ranks among candidates: 16.9, 31st
As relievers go, Hernandez had a darn fine, even underrated career: 131 ERA+, ninth all-time in games finished. The Cooperstown bar for relievers, however, is high (though Bruce Sutter’s election suggests it’s not as high as it should be). Based on established standards, Hernandez should probably receive more support than he’s going to get. In the final analysis, though, he, of course, doesn’t merit induction.
Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (31st); Rosecrans: No (33rd); Perry: No (29th)
Coming Tuesday: Nos. 30 through 26 …
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