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HOF Profiles: Rod Beck

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Only eleven first ballot candidates this year and I already made it known in the Hall of Fame Ballot thread that Tim Raines is the only one deserving to get in, not that that is any great insight. But I'll still run through all eleven newbies but a little different from last year when I was going through the whole ballot and ended each entry with my opinion of whether they'd get my imaginary vote or not. Instead I'll just give "My Stupid Opinion" on each player. Also this year I'll throw in a link to the boxscore of each player's "best" performance, although really I'm not putting that much research into it. For the order of players I'll again go in reverse order of career Win Shares.

 

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Rod Beck - Closer

 

San Francisco Giants 1991-1997

Chicago Cubs 1998-1999

Boston Red Sox 1999-2001

San Diego Padres 2003-2004

 

Awards

1994 N.L. Rolaids Relief

 

All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1994, 1997)

 

League Leader

None of note

 

Career Ranks

Games: 78th

Saves: 23rd

 

Best Performance

April 18, 1993 - Atlanta at San Francisco

Notches five strikeouts in pitching a shutout 9th and 10th (struckout the side) in a 13-12, 11 inning thriller against the Braves.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

 

Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (818) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)

Gray Ink: Pitching - 23 (946) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)

HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Pitching - 63.0 (188) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Pitchers in HOF: None

Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Jeff Montgomery, Armando Benitez, Robb Nen, Troy Percival, Keith Foulke, Jason Isringhausen, Todd Worrell, Gregg Olson, Tom Henke, Ugueth Urbina

 

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

 

1991: 3/1.2

1992: 16/4.9

1993: 16/5.9

1994: 7/4.2

1995: 7/3.1

1996: 10/4.9

1997: 12/4.5

1998: 13/6.0

1999: 3/1.0

2000: 5/1.7

2001: 7/3.5

2003: 6/4.3

2004: 0/-0.1

 

Career Win Shares: 105

Career WARP3: 45.1

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

Due to his death earlier this year the five year rule was waived for Beck. A fan favorite who will be better known for his appearance and personality than his pitching prowess. A very good closer in his prime but rarely dominate and no where near the elite the closers of all-time. Maybe deserves a special spot in the Hall of Fame for overdosing on cocaine that he snorted off his own baseball card, which I'm pretty sure is the Score 1994 card pictured above.

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Maybe deserves a special spot in the Hall of Fame for overdosing on cocaine that he snorted off his own baseball card, which I'm pretty sure is the Score 1994 card pictured above.

 

I burst into laughter as I read that, and then as I stopped laughing I realized an anti-drug PSA was playing on the television at the time, causing me to laugh even harder.

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