Baseball Crank
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January 4, 2004
BASEBALL: Not Going Anywhere

Let's run through the Hall of Fame ballot's easy "No" answers: good players all, but guys who don't in my view merit any real discussion:

Cecil Fielder
Kevin Mitchell
Juan Samuel
Danny Darwin
Randy Myers (see my comments on Lee Smith)
Doug Drabek
Bob Tewksbury
Terry Pendleton
Jim Eisenreich

Taking away these guys and Molitor, that leaves us with five new candidates who at least merit a little analysis:

Joe Carter
Dave Stieb
Jimmy Key
Dennis Eckersley
Dennis Martinez

UPDATE (1/5): OK, I didn't intend to suggest that Carter, Stieb or Key were serious Hall of Fame candidates, although Key and Stieb were better pitchers than many people remember (and finished their careers with remarkably similar numbers), only that I had intended to give their careers a little more review than I've had time for here. Carter has the 10 100-RBI seasons in 12 years, plus the big home run, but there's not much beyond that; with his .306 career OBP, Carter's got the same issues as Andre Dawson.

As for Martinez, with his 245-193 record, as I've noted before, his credentials are actually quite similar to those of Jack Morris, but that says more about why Morris belongs out than the other way around.

I hope to get to the Eck tonight or tomorrow morning, time permitting.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:32 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Juan Samuel, a good player?!? Terrible strike zone judgment, bad fielder, maybe two decent years (one in 1987 when a bunch of hitters had their career years).

Of the five who merit some analysis, I think Eckersley should go in (don't like the guy, but respect him). The others are out.

Posted by: Tung Yin at January 4, 2004 4:44 PM
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