How does Palmeiro do on the Keltner Test?
1. Was he ever regarded as the best player in baseball? Did anybody, while he was active, ever suggest that he was the best player in baseball?
Not a chance, he plays in the era of Bonds, Griffey, and A-Rod.
2. Was he the best player on his team?
Yes in 1994, 1995 with Baltimore and 1999 in Texas he was the best player on his team. In other years he is overshadowed by the likes of Juan Gonzalez, Julio Franco, Roberto Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, and Miguel Tejada.
3. Was he the best player in baseball at his position? Was he the best player in the league at his position?
No and no. There are a few years where he is the top 1B in the league but over the course of his career players like McGwire, Frank Thomas, and Jeff Bagwell were better players.
4. Did he have an impact on a number of pennant races?
Not really, his team made the playoffs in 3 seasons during his career. The 1997 playoff birth in Baltimore was one of the worst seasons in his professional career, the other two were both very good seasons for Palmeiro.
5. Was he good enough that he could play regularly after passing his prime?
Yes, if you consider his prime to be his mid-30s when he was at the height of his power/average production.
6. Is he the very best baseball player in history who is not in the Hall of Fame?
This is meant more for retired/eligible players but assuming he was retired and eligible at the moment, then yes. He was a better player than Rice and Santo who are probably the most qualified for the Hall and not in right now.
7. Are most players who have comparable statistics in the Hall of Fame?
3000 hits, 600 HR. Absolutely, every eligible member of either of those clubs is in.
8. Do the player's numbers meet Hall of Fame standards?
Black Ink: Batting - 8 (263) (Average HOFer ~ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting - 183 (50) (Average HOFer ~ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting - 57.0 (34) (Average HOFer ~ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting - 156.0 (63) (Likely HOFer > 100)
Yes although not overwhelmingly.
9. Is there any evidence to suggest that the player was significantly better or worse than is suggested by his statistics?
He played in decent hitters parks in his career so he may not have been quite as good as his statistics.
10. Is he the best player at his position who is eligible for the Hall of Fame?
Right now, yes.
11. How many MVP-type seasons did he have? Did he ever win an MVP award? If not, how many times was he close?
No MVP awards, one Top 5 finish. Many MVP-numbers seasons surrounded by players with even better MVP-numbers seasons.
12. How many All-Star-type seasons did he have? How many All-Star games did he play in? Did most of the players who played in this many All-Star games go into the Hall of Fame?
4 All-Star Games, and probably deserved to go to a couple more. 4 All-Star games doesn't bode well in comparison to other Hall of Famers.
13. If this man were the best player on his team, would it be likely that the team could win the pennant?
Probably the worst question in the test, but in the 3 years that Palmeiro was the best player on his team that team did not make the playoffs.
14. What impact did the player have on baseball history? Was he responsible for any rule changes? Did he introduce any new equipment? Did he change the game in any way?
I think his impact on the history of baseball is being written right now.
15. Did the player uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character that the Hall of Fame, in its written guidelines, instructs us to consider?
Pass. Ask this question 2 weeks ago and most people's answer would have been 1000% different.
Imagine that, he passes about half of the Keltner test. Not a shoe in HoF guy, not a impossible one.