thedude wrote: Tavish wrote:
Bernie Williams FTW.
Dave Parker, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, and Matt Williams say hello as well.
Matt Williams career OPS+ 112 in fewer atbats and games.
Dale Murphy OPS+ 121 in fewer atbats (though he did play better defense)
Andre Dawson OPS+ 119 and though again better defense
Dawson and Murphy have decent cases, but Matt Williams...
Matt Williams was very good defensive third basemen, not a corner outfielder. Matt Williams 91.2 WARP3 over 1866 games, Jim Rice 80.2 over 2089 games. Dave Parker 84.6, Andre Dawson 107.5, Dale Murphy 86.4, Don Mattingly 84.3, Mark Grace 86.2. All these players beat out Rice in career Win Shares as well.
Jim Rice name was made with his bat and he wasn't all that amazing with it. There are dozens of players with just as much claim to the the Hall for their bat alone who also contributed above and beyond what Rice did in other areas. He had one very good season with the bat and a few All-Star caliber ones. For being a feared slugger in a hitter's paradise it says something when after age 27 Rice finished in the Top 10 in the AL in slugging only twice and only once in the Top 5.