Took yesterday off -- was at my fiance's parents' lake house for a party. Just got home and back in action!
At Bat: David Justice
Most will likely consider Justice our weakest candidate of the series thus far, but I've heard rumblings of people thinking that David may one day deserve a spot in Cooperstown, so in an attempt to be fair, he joins the club in the Debate.
The retired, lefty 3-time All-Star outfielder, formerly of the Braves, Indians, Yankees, and Athletics, ended his 14 season career in 2002. 1500+ Hits, 300+ HR, 1000+ RBI, .378 career OBP, .500 career SLG, 1990 NL Rookie of the Year, 2000 NLCS MVP, 2 Silver Sluggers, 2 Top 5 and 4 Top 15 MVP Award Finishes.
Gray Ink: Batting - 43 (554) (Average HOFer ~ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting - 28.7 (330) (Average HOFer ~ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting - 43.5 (404) (Likely HOFer > 100)
If I'm voting, Justice doesn't make the cut. He never drove in more than 120 batters, though he did hit 40 HRs twice when it was seemingly less common than it is today (the first one in 1993 at least; not so much in 2000). David stole double digit bases only once, bat sub-.280 for his career, and never scored 100 Runs. As I said early in the post... I'm just trying to be fair here. I've heard people claiming Justice deserves at least consideration, so consideration is what we're giving him here. Will anybody stand up for Justice?
Things I Consider:
- Historical Impact
- Did the player leave his mark on the game? This is probably the area in which the fewest players actually impact the HoF, as so few people actually fall under this criteria; however, it is just one of several things to be considered.
- Position Rank
- How does he stack up against his peers, not only of his own era but in baseball history? Judging a player against his contemporaries is one way to judge value.
- how long does a player play at the top of his game? Is his peak short, or does he maintain excellence over a stretch? Is he given an extra nudge due to simply doing something for an absurd amount of time?
- 'The Numbers'
- Isn't that what it's all about, afterall? From the milestones, to the averages/ratios, to the career highs, records, etc. etc.
Remember, NO FLAMING/INSTIGATIN'!
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