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Turning 50 and the Boss

 

“I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth, like the last record you might hear … the last one you’d ever NEED to hear. One glorious noise … then the apocalypse.”

Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

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Ballot 5: Mike Mussina

Mike Mussina

Played 18 years with two teams

Five-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove winner, won 270 games with career 123 ERA+. 82.7 WAR, 48.6 WAA

Pro argument: Fabulous pitcher for a long time, retired on top of his game.

Con argument: Gut factor, didn’t win 300 or strikeout 3,000; Uninspiring base stats like 3.68 ERA.

Deserves to be in Hall?:
Yes.

Will get elected this year?:
No.

Will ever get elected?:
75%

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Ballot 16 (tie): Trevor Hoffman

Trevor Hoffman

Played 18 years with three teams

Seven-time All-Star, led league in saves twice, second all-time in saves with 601. 28.0 WAR, 13.7 WAA

Pro argument: One of the most prolific and productive closers in baseball history.

Con argument: Argument is really built around saves, a controversial statistic.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Depends how you feel about closers.

Will get elected this year?: 50% chance

Will ever get elected?: 98%

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New Mays HOF (Part II)

Well, I hope you knew that this is a multi-step process.

So first step — as some of you figured out — was to put together a Hall of Fame strictly using Wins Above Average along with a few exceptions.  The point was to go down WAA until there was a reasonable gap … and stop there.

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Winning an Oldsmobile

This was fun — spent some time with Lefty Driesell. What a storyteller. And what a career. Somehow, Lefty has not been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. This might be the year.

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Ballot 4: Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell

Played 15 years for one team

Four-time All-Star, MVP, hit 449 homers, Top 50 in runs created, slugging percentage and WAR. 79.6 WAR, 51.8 WAA

Pro argument: You could argue persuasively that he’s baseball’s best first baseman between Gehrig and Pujols.

Con argument: PED whispers and a shortish career have kept him out so far.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Yes.

Will get elected this year?: 95% chance

Will ever get elected?: 99% (more…)

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The New Mays Hall of Fame

OK, here’s a little game to play in the comments – a few years ago, you might remember, I jokingly wrote about the Willie Mays Hall of Fame. At that time, numerous people asked me what a REAL Willie Mays Hall of Fame might look like.

So I tried something here. I have created a Willie Mays type Hall of Fame using a system you can probably figure out. There are 80* players in this Willie Mays Hall of Fame – with two more active players (Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre) already locked in.

*It was supposed to be 75 but as a couple of early adopters noticed that a few slipped through the cracks because they played multiple positions. There might be more to add …

I’ll write a second part about this later, but for now, ask yourself some questions: Do you like these Hall of Fame standards more or less than the current Hall standards? (Note: steroid players are eligible here so you might not like that part … but let’s try to leave that aside for this experiment). Would you prefer a Hall of Fame with these standards? Would you like standards somewhat in between these and the real Hall? Who are the biggest snubs in this version of the Hall? Who are the worst inclusions?

Oh, and just so you know – I avoided 19th Century players and Negro Leagues players. They are a different category.

Have fun.

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Ballot 16 (tie): Billy Wagner

Billy Wagner

Played 16 years for five teams

Six-time All-Star averaged 12 strikeouts per nine innings, saved 422. 27.7 WAR, 16.5 WAA

Pro argument: One of the greatest closers and strikeout pitchers in baseball history.

Con argument: What do you do with relief pitchers?

Deserves to be in Hall?: Depends how you feel about relievers.

Will get elected this year?: 0% chance

Will ever get elected?: 30-40%

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Joe Thomas

You might have noticed that the Cleveland Browns actually won a game last week … and I didn’t even write about it. I think it was because the victory was a confusing experience. I was, of course, happy the Browns won … but they tried SO HARD to lose. They needed the San Diego Chargers (a doomed team playing out the string) to miss not one but two game-tying field goals in the final five minutes. It was, you know, kind of pitiable.

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Ballot 3: Curt Schilling

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Curt Schilling

Played 20 years for five teams

Six-time All-Star struck out 3,000 and finished second in Cy Young voting three times. 80.7 WAR, 54.1 WAA

Pro argument: Had greatest strikeout-to-walk ratio in modern baseball history and was amazing in the postseason.

Con argument: Relatively low win total; he has offended many people.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Yes.

Will get elected this year?: 0% chance

Will ever get elected?: 65-70%

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