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HOF Profile: Jay Buhner

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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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