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HOF Profiles: David Justice

David Justice - Rightfielder   Atlanta Braves 1989-1996 Cleveland Indians 1997-2000 New York Yankees 2000-2001 Oakland Athletics 2002   Awards 1990 N.L. Rookie of the Year 1993 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 1997 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 2000 ALCS MVP   All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1994, 1997)   League Leader None   Career Ranks SLG%: 90th OPS: 95th HR/AB: 73rd   Best Performance May 7, 1999 - Cleveland at Tampa Bay Went 4 for 4 with two homeruns, four runs scored, and five RBI.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 43 (564) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 28.7 (309) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 43.5 (416) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Larry Doby) Other Similar Batters: Tim Salmon, Ryan Klesko, Rudy York, Kent Hrbek, Greg Luzinski, Jeromy Burnitz, Darryl Strawberry, Roy Sievers, Mo Vaughn   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1989: 0/0.1 1990: 20/4.5 1991: 22/6.0 1992: 23/8.0 1993: 29/8.5 1994: 19/7.5 1995: 19/5.5 1996: 7/2.7 1997: 26/7.6 1998: 13/4.8 1999: 16/4.8 2000: 20/7.5 2001: 8/2.6 2002: 11/3.5   Career Win Shares: 233 Career WARP3: 73.6   My Stupid Opinion   Good hitter who could rarely stay healthy an entire season. He managed to play over 150 games in a season only once in his career, which also happened to be his best year in 1993. His career does prove that postseason experience doesn't mean shit when it actually comes to playing the postseason as he played in 112 postseason games but hit only .224/.335/.382. He did fuck Halle Berry but he's not close to being borderline candidate where such a feat can be considered.

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HOF Profiles: Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch - Second Baseman   Minnesota Twins 1991-1997 New York Yankees 1998-2001 Kansas City Royals 2002   Awards 1991 A.L. Rookie of the Year 1995 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B 1997 A.L. Gold Glove - 2B 1997 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B   All-Star Selections: 4 (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)   League Leader 1994: Doubles 1996: Triples   Career Ranks SB: 63rd   Best Performance July 30, 1999 - New York at Boston Went 5 for 6 with a double, homerun, and 4 RBI against the Red Sox.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 3 (503) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 67 (360) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 33.8 (209) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 66.5 (275) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Lou Boudreau) Other Similar Batters: Eric Young, Jason Kendall, Edgar Renteria, Mark Grudzielanek, Larry Doyle, Alvin Dark, Dave Lopes, Pete Runnels, Delino DeShields   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1991: 20/5.8 1992: 23/7.8 1993: 16/4.5 1994: 20/6.3 1995: 27/9.9 1996: 32/11.1 1997: 23/7.6 1998: 22/8.5 1999: 25/7.1 2000: 10/2.5 2001: 11/3.0 2002: 2/0.0   Career Win Shares: 230 Career WARP3: 74.2   My Stupid Opinion   Very good player during the 90's but by age 32 he was already washed up. Had a very good knowledge of the strikezone as the majority of his years he had more walks than strikeouts. His Gold Glove in 1997 was largely undeserved as he was above average at his best and then became very poor a couple of years later when he developed a mental block when it came throwing to first base. Having that happen to you while you are playing for the Yankees just magnified the problem and his offensive numbers would begin their downward spiral the following year.

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HOF Profiles: Chuck Finley

Chuck Finley - Starting Pitcher   California/Anaheim Angels 1986-1999 Cleveland Indians 2000-2002 St. Louis Cardinals 2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 5 (1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000)   League Leader 1993: Complete Games 1994: Innings   Career Ranks K: 23rd K/9: 55th   Best Performance May 23, 1995 - New York at California Matches his career high 15 strikeotus while two hitting the Yankees in Mariano Rivera's MLB debut.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Pitching - 6 (363) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 156 (86) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 27.0 (170) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 53.5 (230) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Mark Langston, Mike Torrez, Vida Blue, Doyle Alexander, Mickey Lolich, Fernando Valenzuela, Curt Simmons, Billy Pierce, Orel Hershiser, Joe Bush   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1986: 4/1.8 1987: 3/1.7 1988: 8/4.1 1989: 19/7.0 1990: 23/9.6 1991: 14/5.9 1992: 11/4.1 1993: 19/8.4 1994: 14/7.1 1995: 12/6.5 1996: 16/8.7 1997: 11/4.8 1998: 17/7.2 1999: 14/5.7 2000: 16/7.7 2001: 3/1.9 2002: 9/4.9   Career Win Shares: 213 Career WARP3: 97.0   My Stupid Opinion   Although it might not be saying much, Finley is probably the second best first ballot player this year. Was an extremely durable pitcher as in his 15 years as a starter he pitched more than 180 innings in 13 of them. Probably was a tad underrated as the Angels were rarely contenders during his career. Ranks in the Top 30 all-time in strikeouts but also ranks in the Top 30 all-time in walks. In the end though he'll end probably be remembered best for getting his ass kicked by his then wife Tawny Kitaen.

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HOF Profiles: Brady Anderson

Brady Anderson - Outfielder   Boston Red Sox 1988 Baltimore Orioles 1988-2001 Cleveland Indians 2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 3 (1992, 1996, 1997)   League Leader 1996: Extra Base Hits   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance August 7, 1998 - Baltimore at Minnesota Career high five hits which included two homeruns and two doubles.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 37 (643) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 26.1 (376) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 38.0 (473) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Johnny Callison, Devon White, Rick Monday, Roy White, Lloyd Moseby, Chet Lemon, Claudell Washington, Jimmy Wynn, Ray Lankford, Amos Otis   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1988: 3/1.4 1989: 7/2.1 1990: 7/3.0 1991: 6/1.8 1992: 29/11.3 1993: 18/6.4 1994: 12/6.2 1995: 19/6.6 1996: 28/10.0 1997: 26/7.2 1998: 13/4.4 1999: 23/8.8 2000: 15/5.4 2001: 8/2.4 2002: 0/0.2   Career Win Shares: 214 Career WARP3: 77.3   My Stupid Opinion   A bit of a late bloomer as his breakout year didn't come until age 28 as to that point he looked like he might be a bust. Will always be remembered for being the least likely player ever to hit 50 homeruns. He's the only player in MLB history to hit 50 homeruns in one season without having a 30+ homerun season at any other point in his career (not counting Prince Fielder). Interesting enough his breakout year of '92 is ranked as being better than his '96 season by both Win Shares and WARP. I'm guessing it has to do with his 53 stolen bases that year and I think he was probably a much better defensive outfielder at that point. Also in 1996 everyone seemed to be hitting 50 homeruns so his year doesn't really standout. Not as good as what his similar batters show as Wynn and Otis in particular were much better players.

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HOF Profile: Wally Joyner

Wally Joyner - First Baseman   California/Anaheim Angels 1986-1991, 2001 Kansas City Royals 1992-1995 San Diego Padres 1996-1999 Atlanta Braves 2000   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 1 (1986)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks None of note   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Batting - 16 (1106) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 24.9 (482) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 27.5 (603) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Hal McRae, Jeff Conine, Chris Chambliss, Keith Hernandez, Cecil Cooper, Don Mattingly, Felipe Alou, Ken Singleton, Dusty Baker, George Hendrick   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Leven (WARP3)   1986: 21/7.5 1987: 22/8.4 1988: 22/7.7 1989: 19/6.9 1990: 9/2.6 1991: 25/8.2 1992: 14/4.7 1993: 17/7.3 1994: 11/5.0 1995: 18/6.9 1996: 16/4.1 1997: 21/5.2 1998: 22/3.9 1999: 7/2.4 2000: 7/1.0 2001: 2/0.6   Career Win Shares: 253 Career WARP3: 82.3   Would he get my vote?   No. I'm exercising my one year, steroid user boycott when it comes to Joyner...okay maybe not. Nice little hitter but "nice little hitter" isn't a ringing endorsement for a first baseman let alone one who played in the era Joyner did. Great start to his career and I have faint memories after Mark McGwire's horrific 1991 season of A's fans hoping they would sign Joyner as a free agent and release McGwire. Good thing team's typically don't listen to their fans.

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HOF Profile: Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez - Shortstop   Toronto Blue Jays 1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999, 2001 San Diego Padres 1991-1992 New York Mets 1993 Cincinnati Reds 1994 New York Yankees 1995 Cleveland Indians 1997 Milwaukee Brewers 2001   Awards 1986 AL Gold Glove - SS 1987 AL Gold Glove - SS 1988 AL Gold Glove - SS 1989 AL Gold Glove - SS   All-Star Selections: 5 (1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999)   League Leader 1990: Triples   Career Ranks None of note   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 3 (499) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 51 (477) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 31.5 (254) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 74.0 (225) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Red Schoendienst, Billy Herman, Pee Wee Reese) Other Similar Batters: Dick Bartell, Alvin Dark, Dave Concepcion, Jimmie Dykes, Alan Trammell, Garry Templeton, Omar Vizquel   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1983: 1/0.3 1984: 6/2.7 1985: 21/8.9 1986: 24/9.1 1987: 24/10.1 1988: 25/8.6 1989: 20/8.2 1990: 25/10.6 1991: 21/7.5 1992: 15/6.1 1993: 20/8.1 1994: 14/6.0 1995: 9/2.9 1997: 11/3.6 1998: 19/6.6 1999: 20/5.6 2001: 1/0.5   Career Win Shares: 280 Career WARP3: 105.4   Would he get my vote?   No. Not a HOF but I think a much better player than most people remember, including myself, and I think I'd rate him slightly better than Dave Concepcion. An excellent fielder during his prime and almost always a good hitter for a shortstop, only once finishing with an OPS+ of under 90 in a full season, and finished with a career OPS+ of 101. Overlooked I think for several factors as he brokeout when Cal Ripken and Alan Trammell were already established with his power numbers paling in comparison to those two. Then in his 30's he bounced around from a different team almost every year including missing one season due to injury and spending another in Japan. A knock against him is that even though he had 246 career steals he was a poor base stealer being thrown out 36% of the time.

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HOF Profile: Tommy John

Tommy John - Starting Pitcher   Cleveland Indians 1963-1964 Chicago White Sox 1965-1971 Los Angeles Dodgers 1972-1978 New York Yankees 1979-1982, 1986-1989 California Angels 1982-1985 Oakland Athletics 1985   13th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 1995: 21.30% 1996: 21.70% 1997: 20.51% 1998: 27.27% 1999: 18.71% 2000: 27.05% 2001: 28.35% 2002: 26.91% 2003: 23.39% 2004: 21.94% 2005: 23.84% 2006: 29.61%   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 4 (1968, 1978, 1979, 1980)   League Leader 1966: Shutouts 1967: Shutouts 1974: Win/Loss % 1980: Shutouts 1982: BB/9   Career Ranks Wins: 25th Games: 45th Innings: 19th Strikeouts: 47th Shutouts: 26th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 8 (281) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 137 (116) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 44.0 (53) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 111.0 (76) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 6 (Robin Roberts, Fergie Jenkins, Early Wynn, Burleigh Grimes, Don Sutton, Eppa Rixey) Other Similar Pitchers: Jim Kaat, Bert Byleven, Tom Glavine, Tony Mullane   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1963: 1/0.1 1964: 2/1.3 1965: 12/4.5 1966: 15/5.7 1967: 11/4.9 1968: 15/6.6 1969: 17/6.4 1970: 17/7.3 1971: 10/4.0 1972: 11/3.9 1973: 15/4.5 1974: 11/4.1 1976: 13/3.7 1977: 19/6.5 1978: 12/3.4 1979: 23/8.4 1980: 19/6.3 1981: 10/5.3 1982: 12/5.7 1983: 10/3.8 1984: 7/2.7 1985: 1/0.1 1986: 6/2.2 1987: 13/4.0 1988: 7/3.0 1989: 0/0.0   Career Win Shares: 289 Career WARP3: 108.7   Would he get my vote?   No. John's entire case is based on his career counting numbers as he pitched for a very, very long time and usually at an above average to good performance level. But as I've mentioned before I favor peak over career and John's peak is seriously lacking. One knock against Win Shares is that it can underrate pitchers but it is hard to view someone who had only one season in 26 years where he had 20+ Win Shares as a HOF. Besides he already has his place in history by having a surgery named after him so he should be content with that.

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HOF Profile: Steve Garvey

Steve Garvey - First Baseman   Los Angeles Dodgers 1969-1982 San Diego Padres 1983-1987   Final year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 1993: 41.61% 1994: 36.48% 1995: 42.61% 1996: 37.23% 1997: 35.31% 1998: 41.23% 1999: 30.18% 2000: 32.06% 2001: 34.17% 2002: 28.39% 2003: 27.82% 2004: 24.31% 2005: 20.54% 2006: 25.96%   Awards 1974 NL MVP 1974 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1975 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1976 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1977 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1978 NLCS MVP 1984 NLCS MVP   All-Star Selections: 10 (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985)   League Leader 1978: Hits 1980: Hits   Career Ranks Games: 86th Hits: 70th Doubles: 91st RBI: 89th Total Bases: 78th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 12 (189) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 142 (107) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 31.5 (254) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 130.5 (101) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in the HOF: 1 (Orlando Cepeda) Other Similar Batters: Al Oliver, Ruben Sierra, John Olerud, Bill Buckner, Mickey Vernon, Cecil Cooper, Chili Davis, Will Clark, Mark Grace   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1969: 0/0.0 1970: 2/1.0 1971: 6/1.9 1972: 8/2.4 1973: 11/2.4 1974: 27/7.1 1975: 25/9.1 1976: 26/9.2 1977: 21/6.1 1978: 25/7.6 1979: 22/8.0 1980: 22/6.9 1981: 13/3.9 1982: 15/3.4 1983: 14/3.9 1984: 15/4.4 1985: 17/5.7 1986: 10/1.3 1987: 0/-0.3   Career Win Shares: 279 Career WARP3: 84.1   Would he get my vote?   No. Was a good player for a long time but he's purely a career case as his peak was unimpressive especially for a first baseman. Had he been a slick fielding, middle infielder then he'd probably be a HOF. One could argue in his favor that his numbers were hurt playing the majority of his career in Dodger Stadium but he had only a 116 OPS+ for his career and never finished in the league's Top 10 in that category which simply isn't going to cut it for a first baseman.

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HOF Profile: Scott Brosius

Scott Brosius - Third Baseman   Oakland Athletics 1991-1997 New York Yankees 1998-2001   Awards 1998 World Series MVP 1999 AL Gold Glove - 3B   All-Star Selections: 1 (1998)   League Leader None   Career Ranks None of note   Hall of Fame Stats   HOF Standards: Batting - 12.6 (1349) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 19.0 (780) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Ed Sprague, Bill Melton, Mike Pagliarulo, Scott Spiezio, Tom Tresh, Jim Presley, Steve Buechele, Dave Hollins, Aaron Boone, Jim Tabor   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Leve (WARP3)   1991: 1/0.8 1992: 2/0.3 1993: 5/1.5 1994: 6/4.1 1995: 10/3.2 1996: 19/7.9 1997: 5/2.1 1998: 27/9.3 1999: 13/5.5 2000: 8/4.1 2001: 15/5.6   Career Win Shares: 111 Career WARP3: 44.3   Would he get my vote?   No. Like Witt there is really no point in having Brosius on the ballot. Unlike Witt though you can figure out why he got through the nomination process, likely due to his World Series MVP in 1998. He was an excellent defensive third baseman but even if you had a Hall of Fame based soley on fielding he'd have no shot due to only being an everyday player for six years of his career, playing in more than 150 games just once.

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HOF Profile: Ron Gant

Ron Gant, Left Fielder   Atlanta Braves 1987-1993 Cincinnati Reds 1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1996-1998 Philadelphia Phillies 1999-2000 Anaheim Angels 2000 Colorado Rockies 2001 Oakland Athletics 2001, 2003 San Diego Padres 2002   Awards 1991 NL Silver Slugger - OF   All-Star Selections: 2 (1992, 1995)   League Leader None   Career Ranks Home Runs: 96th   Best Performance July 5, 1990 - New York at Atlanta Easy pick as he matches he career high in hits (four), home runs (two), RBI (six), and total bases (eleven) in the same game.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 52 (477) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 26.0 (377) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 41.5 (441) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Reggie Sanders, Jeromy Burnitz, Jimmy Wynn, Andruw Jones, Bobby Bonds, Roy Sievers, Greg Vaughn, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Thomson, Frank J. Thomas   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1987: 1/0.4 1988: 16/5.3 1989: 1/0.1 1990: 21/7.4 1991: 25/8.6 1992: 17/3.8 1993: 25/6.0 1995: 21/6.1 1996: 18/5.8 1997: 11/3.3 1998: 11/2.5 1999: 16/5.3 2000: 7/3.9 2001: 4/1.4 2002: 12/3.3 2003: 0/-0.4   Career Win Shares: 206 Career WARP3: 62.9   My Stupid Opinion   Had a nice combination of power and speed in his prime but was never among the best players in the game in any particular year. Don't think the dirt bike accident he had in '94 where he broke his leg, costing him the entire season and a contract with the Braves that he just signed a week before (oops!), hurt him too much as he followed that up with of his best seasons in '95. His #1 comp of Reggie Sanders is one of the more apt comparisons I've seen with the Similar Batters tool.

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HOF Profile: Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson, Left Fielder   Oakland Athletics 1979-1984, 1989-1993, 1994-1995, 1998 New York Yankees 1985-1989 Toronto Blue Jays 1993 San Diego Padres 1996-1997, 2001 Anaheim Angels 1997 New York Mets 1999-2000 Seattle Mariners 2000 Boston Red Sox 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers 2003   Awards 1981 AL Gold Glove - OF 1981 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1985 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1989 ALCS MVP 1990 AL MVP 1990 AL Silver Slugger - OF   League Leader 1980: Stolen Bases 1981: Runs, Hits, Stolen Bases 1982: Walks, Stolen Bases 1983: Walks, Stolen Bases 1984: Stolen Bases 1985: Runs, Stolen Bases 1986: Runs, Stolen Bases 1988: Stolen Bases 1989: Runs, Walks, Stolen Bases 1990: OBP, Runs, Stolen Bases, OPS, OPS+, Runs Created 1991: Stolen Bases 1998: Walks, Stolen Bases   Career Ranks OBP: 56th Games: 4th AB: 10th PA: 4th Runs: 1st Hits: 21st TB: 35th BB: 2nd SB: 1st RC: 10th   Best Performance October 5, 1991 - Oakland at Texas 4 for 4, three runs, three rbi, two doubles, home run, two walks, four stolen bases. Total domination.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 50 (26) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 143 (105) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 52.6 (62) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 183.5 (52) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 5 (Paul Molitor, Lou Brock, Joe Morgan, Robin Yount, Al Kaline) Other Similar Batters: Craig Biggio, Rusty Staub, Steve Finley, Tim Raines, Vada Pinson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1979: 10/1.3 1980: 34/10.7 1981: 27/12.1 1982: 28/8.0 1983: 30/10.0 1984: 28/9.0 1985: 38/13.2 1986: 26/10.6 1987: 20/7.0 1988: 28/9.3 1989: 30/11.1 1990: 39/15.3 1991: 25/9.7 1992: 25/9.6 1993: 25/10.0 1994: 11/6.4 1995: 19/5.8 1996: 16/6.0 1997: 15/4.6 1998: 20/7.2 1999: 16/5.9 2000: 8/3.7 2001: 12/1.9 2002: 4/1.3 2003: 1/0.1   Career Win Shares: 535 Career WARP3: 189.8   Bored's Stupid Opinion   Bored knows that Lou Brock was overrated and that RICKEY~ is the greatest of all-time.

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HOF Profile: Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill - Rightfielder   Cincinnati Reds 1985-1992 New York Yankees 1993-2001   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 5 (1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998)   League Leader 1994: Batting Average   Career Ranks Doubles: 75th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 4 (401) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 45 (538) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 36.9 (184) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 70.5 (246) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in the HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Bobby Bonilla, Del Ennis, Fred Lynn, Bernie Williams, Reggie Smith, Ruben Sierra, George Hendrick, Ken Boyer, Bob Johnson, Will Clark   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1985: 1/0.1 1986: 0/0.0 1987: 5/1.1 1988: 13/5.2 1989: 18/5.6 1990: 16/5.0 1991: 19/8.6 1992: 13/6.4 1993: 15/7.1 1994: 23/11.5 1995: 18/6.8 1996: 22/8.7 1997: 28/9.2 1998: 26/9.8 1999: 16/5.9 2000: 13/4.4 2001: 13/3.1   Career Win Shares: 259 Career WARP3: 98.6   Would he get my vote? No. If he could have hit as well as he did in his 30's while he was in his 20's he might have had a case. Went from being a unspectacular corner outfielder with the Reds into a damn good hitter with the Yankees but is no where close to being a HOF. What am I'm trying to figure out is how at age 38 did he steal 22 bases and only be caught three times?

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HOF Profile: Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser - Starting Pitcher   Los Angeles Dodgers 1983-1994, 2000 Cleveland Indians 1995-1997 San Francisco Giants 1998 New York Mets 1999   2nd year on the ballot   Past HOF Ballot Results 2006: 11.2%   Awards 1988 NL Cy Young 1988 NL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year 1988 NL Gold Glove - P 1988 NLCS MVP 1988 World Series MVP 1995 ALCS MVP   All-Star Selections: 3 (1987, 1988, 1989)   League Leader 1984: Shutouts 1985: Winning % 1987: Innings Pitched 1988: Wins, Winning %, Innings Pitched, Complete Games, Shutouts 1989: Innings Pitched   Career Ranks Wins: 100th Strikeouts: 58th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 20 (88) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 129 (130) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 34.0 (101) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 90.5 (115) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 2 (Catfish Hunter, Dazzy Vance) Other Similar Pitchers: Bob Welch, Milt Pappas, Kevin Brown, Vida Blue, Jim Perry, Dave Stieb, Silver King, Bob Shawkey   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1983: 0/0 1984: 18/6.8 1985: 23/7.7 1986: 12/5.1 1987: 21/9.1 1988: 25/10.3 1989: 21/9.7 1990: 1/0.2 1991: 8/3.1 1992: 8/4.5 1993: 13/5.6 1994: 7/3.2 1995: 13/6.4 1996: 14/5.9 1997: 11/4.5 1998: 7/2.9 1999: 8/3.0 2000: 0/-1.7   Career Win Shares: 210 Career WARP3: 86.2   Would he get my vote?   No. Looked like he was on his way to a Hall of Fame career at the conclusion of the 80's but a torn rotator cuff in April of 1990 cost him over a year and he was never the same pitcher after that. Like with Bret Saberhagen throwing over 250 innings three straight years did not end being a good idea. Hershiser was arguably a better pitcher than his HOF comp Catfish Hunter but Hunter was vastly overrated and a very dubious HOF inductee, while Hershiser was not at the level of Dazzy Vance.

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HOF Profile: Mo Vaughn

Mo Vaughn, First Baseman   Boston Red Sox 1991-1998 Anaheim Angels 1999-2001 New York Mets 2002-2003   Awards 1995 AL MVP 1995 AL Silver Slugger - 1B   All-Star Selections: 3 (1995, 1996, 1998)   League Leader 1995: RBI 1996: Runs Created   Career Ranks Homeruns: 91st SLG%: 56th OPS: 59th   Best Performance September 24, 1996 - Baltimore at Boston Hits three homeruns against the Orioles, all of them off of David Wells.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 4 (405) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 78 (301) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 29.9 (274) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 86.5 (191) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Paul Konerko, Ted Kluszewski, David Justice, Kent Hrbek, Carlos Lee, Derrek Lee, Hal Trosky, Joe Adcock, David Ortiz, Richie Sexson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1991: 6/1.3 1992: 7/1.8 1993: 19/6.3 1994: 17/6.8 1995: 24/7.3 1996: 29/8.1 1997: 22/7.4 1998: 25/9.3 1999: 19/4.3 2000: 17/4.9 2002: 15/3.5 2003: 1/0.1   Career Win Shares: 201 Career WARP3: 61.2   My Stupid Opinion   Although his 1995 AL MVP was a complete joke, Vaughn did have a nice little run with the Red Sox. But it was not surprising that a man of his, um, girth did not age well at all. He was already in the middle of perpetual decline when he missed the whole 2001 season due to a ruptured tendon in his left arm. Fun Fact: Vaughn was the highest paid player in baseball during his final active season where he hit .190/.323/.329 in 27 games. Remember kids, it pays to have a good agent.

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HOF Profile: Matt Williams

Matt Williams, Third Baseman   San Francisco Giants 1987-1996 Cleveland Indians 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-2003   Awards 1990 NL Silver Slugger - 3B 1991 NL Gold Glove - 3B 1993 NL Gold Golve - 3B 1993 NL Silver Slugger - 3B 1994 NL Gold Glove - 3B 1994 NL Silver Slugger - 3B 1997 AL Gold Glove - 3B 1997 AL Silver Slugger - 3B   All-Star Selections: 5 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999)   League Leader 1990: RBI 1994: Home Runs   Career Ranks Home Runs: 61st AB/HR: 79th   Best Performance April 18, 1993 - Atlanta at San Francisco Goes 4 for 6 with two home runs, including a walk off in the 11th inning.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 8 (272) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 58 (426) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 29.4 (286) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 70.0 (258) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Johnny Bench) Other Similar Batters: Vinny Castilla, Andruw Jones, George Foster, Rocky Colavito, Ron Cey, Robin Ventura, Frank Howard, Gil Hodges, Jack Clark   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1987: 5/2.1 1988: 2/1.6 1989: 7/3.4 1990: 28/8.3 1991: 22/8.8 1992: 11/4.0 1993: 28/10.0 1994: 18/9.5 1995: 20/6.9 1996: 18/6.1 1997: 18/6.5 1998: 12/5.9 1999: 26/9.1 2000: 7/2.5 2001: 10/3.5 2002: 6/2.0 2003: 3/0.9   Career Win Shares: 241 Career WARP3: 91.2   My Stupid Opinion   Most famous for being "on pace" to tie Roger Maris' then single season record of 61 home runs (OMG STILL NON-STEROID RECORD!!!) in 1994 before the strike killed that opportunity. He was the best third baseman in baseball from 1993-1995, though it was in '95 where he started to have injury problems. Had a lot of power and played a very good third base but also a big time hacker who posted only a .317 career OBP. Overall just not impressive enough to warrant serious consideration for the HOF.

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HOF Profile: Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire - First Baseman   Oakland Athletics 1986-1997 St. Louis Cardinals 1997-2001   Awards 1987 AL Rookie of the Year 1990 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1992 AL Silver Slugger - 1B 1996 AL Silver Slugger - 1B 1998 NL Silver Slugger - 1B   All-Star Selections: 12 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)   League Leader 1987: Homeruns, Slugging %, HR/AB 1989: HR/AB 1990: Walks 1992: Slugging %, HR/AB, OPS+ 1995: HR/AB 1996: Homeruns, OBP, Slugging %, HR/AB, OPS, OPS+ 1998: Homeruns, Walks, OBP, Slugging %, HR/AB, Runs Created, OPS, OPS+ 1999: Homeruns, RBI, HR/AB, OPS+   Career Ranks HR: 7th RBI: 60th BB: 34th OBP: 78th SLG: 10th HR/AB: 1st RC: 82nd OPS: 13th OPS+: 11th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 36 (41) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 110 (189) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 42.0 (126) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 169.5 (60) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 2 (Harmon Killewbrew, Willie McCovey) Other Similar Batters: Jim Thome, Jose Canseco, Carlos Delgado, Manny Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez, Norm Cash, Jason Giambi, Dave Kingman   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1986: 1/-0.1 1987: 30/8.9 1988: 28/7.6 1989: 21/7.0 1990: 27/10.0 1991: 18/6.1 1992: 29/10.1 1993: 6/2.5 1994: 6/2.5 1995: 23/7.8 1996: 29/9.8 1997: 25/9.4 1998: 41/11.6 1999: 30/8.6 2000: 20/6.0 2001: 8/1.5   Career Win Shares: 342 Career WARP3: 109.5   Would he get my vote?   Yes. I thought about doing a very long rant about the entire issue regarding if McGwire should go into the HOF or not but we all know that when the results are announced Tuesday he will not have been elected so this issue is going to last for at least one more year so I'm not going to waste my time for now. What I will say when it comes to considering a player for the HOF who has either been proven to have used steroids or have likely used steroids I feel that if a player is a true borderline candidate that use of steroids can tip the scales against a player as being a deserving HOF. Mark McGwire is not a borderline candidate. 7th all-time in homeruns, 10th all-time in Slugging, 11th all-time OPS+, a .394 career OBP, and he averaged 50 homeruns for every 162 games played. Whether or not he will ever get in, it is too early to tell. The projection seems to be he'll get only 25-30% of the vote on this first ballot and this percentage should increase substantially next year as several voters are using an arbitrary one-year boycott for likely steroid users. What is revealed or not revealed in the following years about his use of steroids and the use of others during his playing days will determine if he ever gets in. No one should feel sorry for McGwire if he never gets in but I think it'd be a real shame if he didn't.

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HOF Profile: Mark Grace

Mark Grace, First Baseman   Chicago Cubs 1988-2000 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001-2003   Awards 1992 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1993 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1995 NL Gold Glove - 1B 1996 NL Gold Glove - 1B   All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1995, 1997)   League Leader 1995: Doubles   Career Ranks Doubles: 39th Walks: 79th Runs Created: 98th   Best Performance July 7, 1989 - San Diego at Chicago Goes 4 for 4 with three doubles and a home run.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 3 (507) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 86 (265) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 38.0 (165) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 60.5 (309) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Enos Slaughter) Other Similar Batters: Keith Hernandez, Mickey Vernon, John Olerud, Hal McRae, Wally Joyner, Bill Buckner, Al Oliver, Joe Judge, Joe Kuhel   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1988: 16/4.3 1989: 25/7.6 1990: 22/6.4 1991: 17/5.4 1992: 25/8.0 1993: 23/7.6 1994: 12/4.3 1995: 23/6.9 1996: 20/5.7 1997: 20/6.8 1998: 27/6.4 1999: 21/5.2 2000: 18/4.8 2001: 16/4.8 2002: 8/2.0 2003: 1/-0.1   Career Win Shares: 294 Career WARP: 86.2   My Stupid Opinion   Grace always hit for a good average (Top 10 in N.L. batting average nine times), get on base at a good rate (Top 10 in OBP seven times), and was a superb defensive first baseman. Problem with him though is that he had very little power and the standards for HOF first basemen are higher than any other position and he just doesn't really have much of a case. Among first basemen who had a minimum of 3000 plate appearances between 1988 and 2003 (when Grace was active), he ranks only 17th in OPS+

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HOF Profile: Lee Smith

Now we get to the our first holdover and someone who has received some decent support.   Lee Smith - Closer   Chicago Cubs 1980-1987 Boston Red Sox 1988-1990 St. Louis Cardinals 1990-1993 New York Yankees 1993 Baltimore Orioles 1994 California Angels 1995-1996 Cincinnati Reds 1996 Montreal Expos 1997   5th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 2003: 42.34% 2004: 36.56% 2005: 38.8% 2006: 45.0%   Awards 1991 NL Rolaids Relief Award 1992 NL Rolaids Relief Award 1994 AL Rolaids Relief Award   All-Star Selections: 7 (1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)   League Leader 1983: Saves 1991: Saves 1992: Saves 1994: Saves   Career Ranks Saves: 2nd Games: 8th H/9: 97th K/9: 11th K/BB: 61st ERA+: 30th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 12 (178) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 48 (512) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (578) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 135.0 (50) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 2 (Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter) Other Similar Pitchers: Jeff Reardon, John Franco, Roberto Hernandez, Trevor Hoffman, Rick Aguilera, Kent Tekulve, Jose Mesa   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1980: 2/0.7 1981: 4/2.5 1982: 13/4.5 1983: 19/8.3 1984: 15/4.9 1985: 17/5.9 1986: 17/7.2 1987: 15/7.4 1988: 12/4.7 1989: 11/3.9 1990: 17/6.2 1991: 15/6.5 1992: 12/4.2 1993: 9/3.4 1994: 8/4.9 1995: 8/5.0 1996: 4/2.1 1997: 0/0.1   Career Win Shares: 198 Career WARP3: 82.2   Would he get my vote?   No. I personally just have a hard time thinking someone who spent their career almost exclusively as a short reliever as being a HOF. As I've mentioned before a closer can rarely ever be considered the most valuable player on a team. Even though he retired as the all-time saves leader Smith was definately a notch below the elite closers in baseball history (Fingers, Eckersley, Rivera, Gossage, Sutter, Quisenberry, Wilhelm, Hoffman) and by the time he reached his mid-30s he was just padding his career save totals.

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HOF Profile: Ken Caminiti

Ken Caminiti - Third Baseman   Houston Astros 1987-1994, 1999-2000 San Diego Padres 1995-1998 Texas Rangers 2001 Atlanta Braves 2001   Awards 1995 NL Gold Glove - 3B 1996 NL MVP 1996 NL Gold Glove - 3B 1997 NL Gold Glove - 3B   All-Star Selections: 3 (1994, 1996, 1997)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks None of note   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Batting - 28 (802) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 24.8 (488) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 38.0 (462) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Travis Fryman, Doug DeCinces, Larry Parrish, Bret Boone, Richie Hebner, Bobby Thompson, Ben Ogilvie, Johnny Callison, Bobby Murcer, Gus Bell   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1987: 3/1.1 1988: 1/-0.2 1989: 25/7.9 1990: 11/3.8 1991: 17/7.1 1992: 21/7.4 1993: 14/4.9 1994: 16/7.6 1995: 24/9.8 1996: 38/12.9 1997: 26/9.5 1998: 20/4.1 1999: 10/3.5 2000: 9/2.7 2001: 4/1.1   Career Win Shares: 242 Career WARP3: 83.1   Would he get my vote?   No. Even if Caminiti had never used steroids and hadn't become a cocaine addict and died, he still is no where close to being a HOF where bringing up those issues would be relevant to his candidacy. Had a good peak although his 1996 season where he won the MVP stands out as a fluke and his career counting numbers are underwhelming.

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HOF Profile: Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco - Rightfielder/Designated Hitter   Oakland Athletics 1985-1992, 1997 Texas Rangers 1992-1994 Boston Red Sox 1995-1996 Toronto Blue Jays 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1999-2000 New York Yankees 2000 Chicago White Sox 2001   Awards 1986 AL Rookie of the Year 1988 AL MVP 1988 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1990 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1991 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1998 AL Silver Slugger - DH   All-Star Selections: 6 (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999)   League Leader 1988: Homeruns, RBI, Slugging %, OPS+ 1991: Homeruns   Career Ranks Homeruns: 30th RBI: 61st SLG: 66th AB/HR: 21st   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 15 (149) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 93 (245) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 38.1 (166) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 103.0 (138) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Willie Stargell, Duke Snider, Willie McCovey) Other Similar Batters: Jim Thome, Gil Hodges, Dale Murphy, Juan Gonzalez, Jack Clark, Carlos Delgado, Tino Martinez   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1985: 4/1.0 1986: 21/5.1 1987: 17/6.6 1988: 39/12.5 1989: 14/3.7 1990: 26/8.6 1991: 31/9.4 1992: 16/6.1 1993: 8/1.5 1994: 16/6.9 1995: 15/4.9 1996: 13/4.7 1997: 8/2.5 1998: 15/4.8 1999: 13/4.8 2000: 8/2.5 2001: 8/2.1   Career Win Shares: 272 Career WARP3: 87.8   Would he get my vote?   No. Fuck him.

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HOF Profile: Jim Rice

Jim Rice - Leftfielder   Boston Red Sox 1974-1989   13th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 1995: 29.78% 1996: 35.32% 1997: 37.63% 1998: 42.92% 1999: 29.38% 2000: 51.50% 2001: 57.86% 2002: 55.08% 2003: 52.22% 2004: 54.55% 2005: 59.50% 2006: 64.80%   Awards 1978 AL MVP 1983 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1984 AL Silver Slugger - OF   All-Star Selections: 8 (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)   League Leader 1977: Homeruns, Total Bases, Slugging % 1978: Hits, Homeruns, RBI, Triples, Total Bases, Runs Created, Slugging %, OPS, OPS+ 1979: Total Bases 1983: Homeruns, RBI, Total Bases   Career Ranks Hits: 93rd HR: 52nd RBI: 52nd TB: 63rd SLG: 89th RC: 79th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 33 (49) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 176 (56) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 42.9 (122) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 146.5 (82) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 4 (Orlando Cepeda, Duke Snider, Billy Williams, Willie Stargell) Other Similar Batters: Andres Galarraga, Ellis Burks, Joe Carter, Dave Parker, Luis Gonzalez, Chili Davis   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1974: 1/0.1 1975: 20/4.8 1976: 17/4.2 1977: 26/7.4 1978: 36/10.4 1979: 28/8.2 1980: 16/4.9 1981: 15/6.3 1982: 21/6.4 1983: 24/9.1 1984: 17/7.3 1985: 14/5.4 1986: 28/9.4 1987: 8/2.7 1988: 9/2.6 1989: 2/0.1   Career Win Shares: 282 Career WARP3: 89.2   Would he get my vote?   No. A few years ago I was on the Rice bandwagon but I have since jumped off. He was fabulous from 1977-1979 but when you look at the rest of the career there's only two other great seasons and the offensive standards for a being HOF corner outfielder are almost as high as first basemen. He also benefitted from playing his entire career in Fenway Park and he had a large home/road split posting an OPS 131 points higher (.920 to .789) at Fenway than on the road. I think he needed two more good years to push him over the top but his skills eroded rapidly in his mid-30s so much so that he's become the poster boy for a player who has a sudden decline in production in their mid-30s. If he had been a great defensive outfielder or a great base stealer that could have also pushed him over the top but he was neither. I will say that he seems a tad underrated by WARP3. He is gaining support from the writers and I could see him getting a big bump in one his final two years on the ballot although he obviously no chance this year. There's a case to be made for him and I won't have a problem if he ever gets in but he doesn't get my imaginary vote.

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HOF Profile: Jesse Orosco

Jesse Orosco, Relief Pitcher   New York Mets 1979-1987 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988, 2001-2002 Cleveland Indians 1989-1991 Milwaukee Brewers 1992-1994 Baltimore Orioles 1995-1999 St. Louis Cardinals 2000 San Diego Padres 2003 New York Yankees 2003 Minnesota Twins 2003   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 2 (1983, 1984)   League Leader Games: 1995   Career Ranks Games: 1st Saves: 69th ERA+: 62nd K/9: 23rd H/9: 24th   Best Performance October 27, 1986 - Boston at New York (N) In Game 7 of the '86 World Series, comes in the 8th inning with none out after a Dwight Evans' two-run double off Roger McDowell pulls the Red Sox with a run. Orosco strands the tying run at 2nd by retiring Rich Gedman, Dave Henderson, and Don Baylor in order and then pitches a perfect 9th to clinch the championship for the Mets.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (822) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 17 (1143) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (589) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 62.0 (199) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Tug McGraw, Don McMahon, Gary Lavelle, John Hiller, Dan Plesac, Kent Tekulve, Darold Knowles, Mike Timlin, Mike Stanton, Ron Perranoski   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1979: 0/0.4 1981: 2/0.9 1982: 9/4.5 1983: 20/8.0 1984: 17/6.3 1985: 10/4.5 1986: 13/5.4 1987: 5/2.3 1988: 6/2.0 1989: 10/4.1 1990: 3/1.8 1991: 3/1.4 1992: 3/1.4 1993: 7/3.4 1994: 2/1.0 1995: 6/2.9 1996: 6/2.3 1997: 7/3.5 1998: 7/2.9 1999: 1/0.6 2000: 0/0.0 2001: 1/0.5 2002: 3/1.0 2003: 0/-0.2   Career Win Shares: 141 Career WARP3: 60.9   My Stupid Opinion   I have to say it's remarkable a player from the 19th century is a first time nominee on the writer's ballot. Okay not quite, but Orosco and Rickey Henderson will be the last players to make their MLB debut in the 1970s and be a first timer on the ballot. Orosco is purely on the ballot due to his longevity and his career games pitched record might stand for a while but obviously he's not a HOF.

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HOF Profile: Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner - Rightfielder   New York Yankees 1987-1988 Seattle Mariners 1988-2001   Awards 1996 AL Gold Glove - OF   All-Star Selections: 1 (1996)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks AB per HR: 31st   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Batting - 31 (733) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 25.8 (436) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 34.5 (502) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Hank Sauer, Jeromy Burnitz, Roger Maris, Cecil Fielder, Darryl Strawberry, Bob Allison, Danny Tartabull, Eric Davis, Dean Palmer, Jesse Barfield   Year-by-Year Win Shars & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1987: 0/0.0 1988: 7/3.4 1989: 8/2.0 1990: 6/1.7 1991: 13/7.0 1992: 16/6.8 1993: 22/7.7 1994: 13/7.7 1995: 16/5.0 1996: 22/6.3 1997: 19/8.0 1998: 8/2.4 1999: 8/1.8 2000: 16/4.3 2001: 0/0.3   Career Win Shares: 174 Career WARP3: 64.6   Would he get my vote?   No. Buhner's trade for Ken Phelps is a part of pop culture thanks to Seinfeld but he certainly won't be part of the HOF. Very consistent peformer when he was a line-up but he had several injuries at various parts of his career and only played more than 100 games once during the final four years of his career. Even if he had been healthy it's unlikely he would have kept up a level of performance high enough to warrant HOF consideration. His Gold Glove in 1996 was a complete joke even by the very low standards of the Gold Glove awards.

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HOF Profile: Jay Bell

Jay Bell, Shortstop   Cleveland Indians 1986-1988 Pittsburgh Pirates 1989-1996 Kansas City Royals 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-2002 New York Mets 2003   Awards 1993 NL Gold Glove - SS 1993 NL Silver Slugger - SS   All-Star Selections: 2 (1993, 1999)   League Leader None   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance July 27, 1991 - Pittsburgh at Houston Goes 4 for 5 with two home runs, four runs scored, and four rbi.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 32 (727) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 26.9 (352) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 30.5 (576) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Toby Harrah, Ray Durham, Bobby Grich, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Alan Trammell, Frank White, Edgar Renteria, Alvin Dark, Amos Otis   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1986: 1/0.3 1987: 1/0.3 1988: 2/0.0 1989: 8/2.5 1990: 17/8.1 1991: 22/9.0 1992: 24/8.0 1993: 26/10.6 1994: 19/6.8 1995: 13/4.6 1996: 15/4.0 1997: 21/11.1 1998: 20/7.6 1999: 23/6.9 2000: 19/5.5 2001: 12/3.8 2002: 1/-0.1 2003: 1/-0.2   Career Win Shares: 245 Career WARP3: 88.8   My Stupid Opinion   Certainly not a HOFer but a much better player than the average fan probably remembers. Good hitting shortstop with good defense, at least early in his career, who was very durable as from 1990-2000 he never missed more than 13 games in a season. Fun Fact: Only player in MLB history to ever have 30+ sacrifice hits in a season (39 in 1990 and 30 in 1991) and also have a 30+ home run season (38 in 1999) in their career.

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HOF Profile: Jack Morris

Jack Morris - Starting Pitcher   Detroit Tigers 1977-1990 Minnesota Twins 1991 Toronto Blue Jays 1992-1993 Cleveland Indians 1994   8th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 2000: 22.24% 2001: 19.61% 2002: 20.55% 2003: 22.78% 2004: 26.28% 2005: 33.33% 2006: 41.15%   Awards 1981 AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year 1991 World Series MVP   All-Star Selections: 5 (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991)   League Leader 1981: Wins 1983: Innings Pitched, Strikeouts 1986: Shutouts 1990: Complete Games 1992: Wins   Career Ranks Wins: 40th IP: 48th K: 31st GS: 34th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 20 (88) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 193 (46) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 39.0 (73) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 122.5 (64) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 6 (Bob Gibson, Red Ruffing, Amos Rusie, Burleigh Grimes, Bob Feller, Jim Bunning) Other Similar Pitchers: Dennis Martinez, Tom Glavine, Luis Tiant, Chuck Finley   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacmenet Level (WARP3)   1977: 3/1.0 1978: 4/1.1 1979: 17/6.7 1980: 14/5.3 1981: 16/6.5 1982: 14/4.8 1983: 20/7.6 1984: 14/5.4 1985: 19/8.1 1986: 20/8.3 1987: 21/8.8 1988: 12/4.7 1989: 4/2.4 1990: 8/3.0 1991: 18/7.1 1992: 15/5.7 1993: 1/0.6 1994: 5/2.8   Career Win Shares: 225 Career WARP3: 89.8   Would he get my vote?   No. Morris was incredibly durable, throwing 240+ innings in 11 seasons, and very consistent but was rarely dominant. He never posted an ERA under 3 in his career which is fairness to him was in part to pitching in Tiger Stadium but his career ERA+ of 105 is very unimpressive. He does get a bonus for two excellent World Series but he also had an awful postseason all around in 1992. Now his comp pitchers paint him as a Hall of Famer as he has six current HOFs and one futuer HOF in Tom Glavine but Morris' ERA+ is worse than all of them with only Burleigh Grimes being close at 107 and he's a questionable HOF. His #1 comp is Dennis Martinez who is a very good comp for him but like El Presidente, Morris is not a HOF.

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