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HOF Profile: Lee Smith

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Now we get to the our first holdover and someone who has received some decent support.

 

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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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I doubt he'll ever get in, although it will be interesting to see if the Sutter induction gives him and Gossage a boost.

 

The veterans ballot actually came out a couple of months ago but I figured Al might do something with that. The veterans results aren't released until late February so maybe I'll do something with it after I'm done with the regular ballot.

 

2007 Veterans Committee Ballot

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I'll go through them all later, but Ron Santo definately deserves it. He hit 30+ home runs four straight seasons in an era where the league as a whole slugged under .400. At the same time he led the league in walks four out of five years, and won the Gold Glove award every year. Nine Time All-Star.

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