The Baseball Writers’ Association of America do not have much respect for Larry Walker‘s hall-of-fame candidacy. This year the Canuck garnered fewer HOF votes than Jeff Kent and Fred McGriff. His future chance of election by the writers is very slim.
The lack of support for Walker can be explained partially by the ten player ballot limit and mostly by anti-Coors Field sentiment. Writers point to his monster season of 1997 and say “He benefited from hitting baseballs in Denver so he really wasn’t that great”.
If he wasn’t that great then why did you select Walker as MVP that very season?
Despite the Rockies 3rd place finish LW received 92% of the writers NL MVP votes.
Maybe instead of Slugging .720 and hitting 49 home runs the right fielder should have only slugged .600 and hit 40 bombs.
Walker’s video game-like numbers are used to justify not voting for him as a hall-of-famer when the very same numbers were used to justify voting for him as MVP.
Great post by Dave Cameron over at FanGraphs on the dearth of baseball hall-of-famers elected recently. Myself and many others have been saying for years that the writers need to begin voting great players into the HOF. Isn’t that the point of The Hall?
Finally, how they whiffed on Kenny Lofton is just beyond me. According to fWAR Lofton provided as much value as Duke Snider. Would these voters not put Duke Snider in if he had played during the “steroid era”?
I have no problem with this player in the HOF:
.284 BA/.377 OBP/.509 SLG, 493 HR
or this player
.266/.353/.515, 462 HR
and finally this guy
.291/.363/.510, 352 HR
So who are these three players?
Here is someone who some sportswriters are lobbying to get into the Hall this year…
I left off the HR total because you would probably catch on pretty quickly if it was included.
So knowing that all 4 of these guys had long careers as productive sluggers which would you vote into HOF?
The fourth player is Sammy Sosa. While I wouldn’t vote for him based on his overall contribution to his teams I don’t have a major problem with those who would check Sosa’s name, these voters are simply “big hall” guys. Those who vote for Sammy should also vote for Fred McGriff who was clearly a better hitter than Sosa.
McGriff had nearly 400 more walks than Sosa while striking out 400 fewer times. Crime Dog posted more hits and doubles than Sosa in nearly the exact same number of at-bats.
Sosa has an advantage in home runs, stolen bases and overall defensive value.
FanGraphs WAR appears pretty accurate on this tale of the tape:
Sosa – 64 WAR
McGriff – 61 WAR
Crime Dog peaked with 137 HOF votes in 2012. If the voters are honest with themselves then Sosa won’t get to 138.
David Wells pitched 21 big leagues seasons including 11 years in the playoffs.
His career totals:
- 239-157 W/L
- 108 ERA+
- 2201 Ks
- 3/1 strikeout-to-walk rate
- 10-5 in playoffs
- 3.17 playoff ERA
Shawn Green played 15 MLB seasons and accumulated:
- .283 Batting Average
- 328 HR
- 445 Doubles
- 2003 Hits
- 1129 Runs
Bud Selig believes that Roger Maris should gain induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The BBWAA were asked to consider Maris’ candidacy 15 times. His peak vote total of 43% was well short of the 75% required for election.
Q: Why is this even a discussion?
There are two items worth noting on the BBWAA election rules http://baseballhall.org/hall-famers/rules-election/bbwaa
- “5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
- “6. Automatic Elections: No automatic elections based on performances such as a batting average of .400 or more for one (1) year, pitching a perfect game or similar outstanding achievement shall be permitted.”
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ‘National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act’
GovTrack.us shares with us the following details of the bill:
- 14,000,000 baseball fans have visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
- There will be a surcharge of $35 per coin for the $5 coin, $10 for the dollar coin and $5 for the half-dollar coin.
- All surcharges shall be promptly paid by the Secretary to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help finance its operations.