Up Next: Jeff Bagwell
15 Major League Seasons in Houston under his belt, over 2300 Hits, 1 shy of 450 HRs, over 1500 RBI. Career .408 OBP, single season Record Holder for Runs Scored (152), .297 career AVG, career .948 OPS. 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 NL MVP, 1994 Gold Glove at 1B, 3 Silver Slugger Awards (94, 97, 99), 6 Top 10 MVP Voting Finishes, career 150 OPS+, 969 career EBH.
Baseball-Reference HoF Monitor:
Black Ink: Batting - 24 (78) (Average HOFer ~ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting - 157 (75) (Average HOFer ~ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting - 59.0 (30) (Average HOFer ~ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting - 149.5 (76) (Likely HOFer > 100)
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'!
1st ballot? 2nd? 3rd? Not at all? Why? Is he a lock today? In a season? Two more? Three?