Baseball Crank
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January 9, 2007
BASEBALL: The Middle Infielders


If you are wondering where all my baseball blogging time has gone lately, wonder no more - I have a column up at The Hardball Times this morning examining the Hall of Fame cases of Cal Ripken and the other middle infielders. Like its companion piece on the slugging outfielders and first basemen, the article uses a fairly simple formula to translate batting statistics into a common context to enable easier comparisons of players from disparate parks and eras. Feel free to discuss the article here.

UPDATE: Matt Welch is still on the Bobby Grich train.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:24 AM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Fantastic work, Crank.

Posted by: Mike at January 9, 2007 10:12 AM

Excellent article, Dan. It makes it harder for me to keep supporting Trammel-in-HOF side. Still if the Oz is voted in...

Posted by: Didi at January 9, 2007 12:30 PM

I still wish we had a definition of what makes a HOFer. To me, you have to be the best in your position in your league for a 5 year period. Still open for conjecture what makes someone better. It means that Keith and Donnie both make it, since they meet the criteria for me. I would do it anyway.

Doesn't answer the question always, such as what do you do with two in the same league at the same time. Say Kaline and Frank Robinson. Then of course, you vote 'em both in..which means my criteria means less. How about we just get rid of the veteran committee and call it a day? The reporters are dopes, but collectively, they are doing a good job. The Vets vote in their buddies, so if you get in that way, at least, give them a *

Except Santo, he should be there anyway.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at January 9, 2007 12:52 PM

Excellent work, as usual. I cannot disagree with you more on the political stuff, but I think your baseball analysis is first rate. You should consider publishing a book on baseball.

Posted by: Steve at January 9, 2007 12:54 PM

The revised veterans committee has essentially been rendered irrelevant, since they aren't likely to ever elect anybody. Since it's so hard to get elected by them, I can accept their function as basically the replay officials of the process. Not like the old committee, where it seemed like they went out for drinks and came back to elect somebody they kind of remembered as being good without looking up his stats.

Posted by: Jerry at January 9, 2007 3:13 PM

Quite the trio.

Bonner had 108 career ABs (hitting .194) and Schneider pitched 1 year and threw 24 innings. I guess if you averaged the three of them out together they all did OK.

Posted by: jim at January 10, 2007 6:03 PM
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