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HOF Profile: Harold Baines

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Harold Baines - Designated Hitter/Rightfielder

 

Chicago White Sox 1980-1989, 1996-1997, 2000-2001

Texas Rangers 1989-1990

Oakland Athletics 1990-1992

Baltimore Orioles 1993-1995, 1997-1999, 2000

Cleveland Indians 1999

 

Awards

1989 AL Silver Slugger - DH

 

All-Star Selections: 6 (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1999)

 

League Leader

1984: Slugging %

 

Career Ranks

Games: 17th

Hits: 39th

TB: 30th

2B: 52nd

HR: 50th

RBI: 23rd

BB: 82nd

RC: 44th

 

Hall of Fame Stats

 

Black Ink: Batting - 3 (499) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)

Gray Ink: Batting - 40 (595) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 43.5 (116) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 66.5 (267) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Tony Perez, Al Kaline, Billy Williams)

Other Similar Batters: Dave Parker, Rusty Staub, Andre Dawson, Dwight Evans, Chili Davis, Fred McGriff, Andres Galarraga

 

Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)

 

1980: 8/1.2

1981: 10/5.3

1982: 19/6.9

1983: 20/6.2

1984: 24/9.1

1985: 25/7.8

1986: 20/7.0

1987: 13/3.7

1988: 18/4.4

1989: 18/6.3

1990: 11/4.6

1991: 22/6.5

1992: 15/3.3

1993: 15/4.9

1994: 6/3.0

1995: 11/5.3

1996: 13/5.5

1997: 12/4.1

1998: 8/2.5

1999: 15/4.6

2000: 4/1.2

2001: 0/-1.0

 

Career Win Shares: 307

Career WARP3: 102.4

 

Would he get my vote?

 

No. When it comes to players who spent the majority of their career not playing the field I feel they have to hit at the level an excellent first baseman to get in the HOF and Baines is no where close. Sort of like a hitting version of Tommy John in that his career counting numbers are impressive but only because he played a very long time and his peak is just not that impressive. Baines actually was a fairly decent defensive outfielder but knee problems were what forced him to become an everyday DH when he was only 28.

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In alphabetical order there is Blyleven, Dawson, Gwynn, McGwire, Parker, Ripken, and Trammell left.

 

And yes someone will pass the "Bored HOF Challenge" and by the names left you can guess majority of them will.

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