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Postby joshheines » Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:13 am

And one more thing, why in the world do you guys think Hoffman is a HOFer? Please, he's not even remotely close. Saying he is a HOFer does a great disservice to guys like Frank Thomas who is probably a borderline case.

Hoffman's career was just entirely too short. He didn't have his first 30 + save season until he was 27. We can say, now, that his primary career ended at 34. He is now on his long trek to retirement. Same goes for Rivera.

Rivera doesn't even have 300 saves yet. I'm not saying either one will never be in the HOF, but AS OF NOW, neither should be in.

With their limited role in baseball, they should also have a limited place in the HOF.

I wanna see sustained Gagne-like dominance over the course of several years for a reliver to be a HOF.
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Postby joshheines » Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:15 am

I rescind my previous comment, in part. Rivera is a HOFer. Hoffman is not.
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jun 17, 2004 2:54 am

joshheines wrote:I rescind my previous comment, in part. Rivera is a HOFer. Hoffman is not.


Thank you. You made me not have to pull up Rivera's regular season but, more importantly, postseason numbers. ;-D
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jun 17, 2004 3:01 am

Josh.......Please look at this list of HOF 2B and tell me who was a power hitter. I'm not saying that Biggio is or isn't a HOF'er but you need to take the position into consideration. I would think that catcher, second base, and shortstop would be like that. The really big power hitters at those positions didn't come into play until recent times (for the most part). Here's the list:

Rod Carew
Eddie Collins
Bobby Doerr
Johnny Evers
Nellie Fox
Frankie Frisch
Charlie Gehringer
Billy Herman
Rogers Hornsby
Nap Lajoie
Tony Lazzeri
Bill Mazeroski
Bid McPhee
Joe Morgan
Jackie Robinson
Red Schoendienst

DK.......You're welcome. :-D
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:47 am

Lofunzo wrote:Josh.......Please look at this list of HOF 2B and tell me who was a power hitter. I'm not saying that Biggio is or isn't a HOF'er but you need to take the position into consideration. I would think that catcher, second base, and shortstop would be like that. The really big power hitters at those positions didn't come into play until recent times (for the most part). Here's the list:

Rod Carew
Eddie Collins
Bobby Doerr
Johnny Evers
Nellie Fox
Frankie Frisch
Charlie Gehringer
Billy Herman
Rogers Hornsby
Nap Lajoie
Tony Lazzeri
Bill Mazeroski
Bid McPhee
Joe Morgan
Jackie Robinson
Red Schoendienst

DK.......You're welcome. :-D


I also was saying Biggio didn't have enough until I started researching the stats of HOF secondbasemen. The position is very weak and Biggio actually has better stats than some in now.

He's in ;-D
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Postby Redriot » Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:52 am

Hard to believe Biggio won't be in. He's a second baseman, leadoff hitter, all-around good guy and played for the same team his entire career. Voters love guys like that, and even discounting James' "little stats" I think a convincing case can be made for Biggio's induction to the hall.

However there is no way Mark Grace makes the hall, or deserves to. He was a good player for a long time, but the one thing everyone always mentions about him, that he had the most hits in the 90's, is totally meaningless. You will never hear anyone say "Player X had the most hits from 1989-1999", because it sounds silly, yet that is essentially the same thing as what Mark Grace did. He was just lucky that his best years concided with the beginning and ending of a decade, as opposed to starting in the middle of a decade and ending in another. Take into account that he is a 1st baseman and there are, gosh, at least 4-5 1st basemen I'd rather have on my team during the 90's, and it's hard to see him as a HOF-er.
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Postby joshheines » Thu Jun 17, 2004 12:02 pm

And here is the last year of each of these guys career and I will note which players got voted in by the Veteran's Committee. You'll quickly see a trend

Rod Carew -1985 (3000 hits and .328 lifetime AVG and 1 MVP)
Eddie Collins - 1930 (3000 hits and .333 lifetime AVG and 1 MVP)
Bobby Doerr - VC vote
Johnny Evers - 1929 (but his career ended in 1917, 1 MVP)
Nellie Fox - VC vote
Frankie Frisch - 1937 (2880 hits, .316 lifetime AVG, 1 MVP)
Charlie Gehringer - 1942 (2839 hits, .320 lifetime AVG, 1 MVP)
Billy Herman - VC vote
Rogers Hornsby - 1937 (Just one of the all-time greats, 1500+ runs, 300+ HR, 2930 hits, 1500 + RBI, .358 lifetime AVG, 2 time MVP, finished in the top 3 of voting for MVP 4 times)
Nap Lajoie - 1916 (3242 hits, .338 life time AVG, 1500+ runs and RBI, 1 Triple Crown, led league in batting 5 times, played before MVP given)
Tony Lazzeri - VC Vote
Bill Mazeroski - VC vote
Bid McPhee - VC Vote
Joe Morgan - 1984 (1650 runs, 1100+RBI, 268 HR, 2500+ hits, nearly 700 SB, 2 MVPs, 5 Gold Gloves, and 2 World Series Rings)
Jackie Robinson - 1956 Only had half a career in MLB, but he did a little thing called "Breaking the Color Barrier." Let's face it, he could have finished his career with one hit and he's a HOFer. In 10 years, he had 947 runs, 1518 hits, 137 HR, 734 RBI, 197 SB, and .311 lifetime AVG. Oh yeah, 1 MVP.
Red Schoendienst - VC Vote

So after removing our VC 2B, our list is Jackie Robinson, Joe Morgan, Nap LAjoie, Rogers Hornsby, Charlie Gehringer, Frank Frisch, Johnny Evers, Eddie Collins and Rod Carew. Looking at sheer numbers we have to remove Robinson for the sake of comparison due to his shortened career.

The first thing everyone has on this list is at least 1 MVP (save LaJoie).

Second, everyone has a lifetime AVG of over .300 except for Morgan. Then again, Morgan won 2 World Series and was MVP twice.

Third, nearly everyone is at or above 3000 hits.

Fourth, Only two 2B have been elected to the HOF since 1937 (excluding Jackie Robinson, all respect given). They are Rod Carew and Joe Morgan. As aforementioned, Morgan has 2 MVPs, 2 World Series rings, and better numbers than Biggio. Carew won an MVP and has a AVG of .328.

Biggio has no MVPs. In fact he's never finished in the top 3 in voting in his career. He's never won a World Series. His lifetime AVG is only .287 and he only has 210 career HR. In today's "juicied" environment those aren't HOF numbers.

Any more arguments for Biggio I can dispatch?
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Postby HOOTIE » Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:23 pm

Mvp is a subjective vote, and it didn't help Maris or Murphy in HOF vote, (2 mvps each).

Biggio is steadily good. A 807 for a 2b is pretty good. I found some interesting stuff that at least gives Biggio a chance.

For 2b, he has 377 career win shares, ranking 7th all-time at 2b. He will soon be 4th all-time.

5th 384 Rod Carew
6th 383 Charlie Gehringer
7th 377 Biggio, and counting

Peak seasons win shares

Jackie Robinson 38/36/34
Biggio 38/35/32
Carew 37/32/30
Sandberg 38/37/34
Alomar 35/34/31

Not that i rank Biggio ahead of Jackie, but you see Biggio is no run of the mill 2b.

Top 5 seasons win shares combined

Biggio 165
Carew 157
Robinson 162
Sandberg 154
Alomar 131


Thomas will be in HOF. He's one of the best RHB in modern history.
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Postby Spiegs1106 » Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:39 pm

BIGGIO!!!
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Postby UTbdiddy » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:52 am

In regards to Biggio, Sportscenter did a top 10 at the beginning of the season of the top active players on the bubble of the HOF that are sure to get in. Biggio was #1 and Bagpipes was #2.

Biggio is definitely HOF materials. He was almost a guaranteed top 5 in the league in doubles and runs for like 10 years. He stole bases, got HBP and made the all-star team at two positions!

Most dont remember back when he was a catcher, but they showed a highlight reel of him at a recent astros game I went to and the guy made some spectacular plays behind the plate.

Biggio is awesome and will definitely be in the HOF!!! ;-D

Now lets just get him out of centerfield and away from that hill! :-o
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