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HOF Profiles: Robb Nen

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Robb Nen - Closer


Texas Rangers 1993

Florida Marlins 1993-1997

San Francisco Giants 1998-2002





All-Star Selections: 3 (1998, 1999, 2002)


League Leader

2001: Saves


Career Ranks

Saves: 15th


Best Performance

October 26, 1997 - Cleveland at Florida

In Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, with the Marlins down a run he comes into the top of the 9th with runners at the corners and one out and gets the Marlins out of the jam who then tie the game in the bottom of the inning. He proceeds to strikeout the side in the 10th (Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, David Justice) as the Marlins win the Series in the 11th.


Hall of Fame Stats


Black Ink: Pitching - 3 (541) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)

Gray Ink: Pitching - 24 (925) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)

HOF Standards: Pitching - 15.0 (471) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Pitching - 92.0 (112) (Likely HOFer > 100)


Similar Pitchers in HOF: 1 (Bruce Sutter)

Other Similar Pitchers: John Wetteland, Tom Henke, Troy Percival, Jeff Montgomery, Todd Worrell, Armando Benitez, Rod Beck, Ugueth Urbina, Jason Isringhausen


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


1993: 0/-0.2

1994: 11/5.4

1995: 8/4.4

1996: 19/6.4

1997: 11/4.1

1998: 19/8.9

1999: 8/4.1

2000: 15/7.5

2001: 14/6.3

2002: 15/7.0


Career Win Shares: 120

Caeer WARP3: 53.9


My Stupid Opinion


Anyone else feeling old by the fact that someone who debuted in 1993 is already on a HOF ballot? Nen's career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff and his last appearance happened to come in the 2002 World Series. He was similar to undeserving HOF closer Bruce Sutter in that they both had short careers but were dominate in their roles while they were active. The big difference between the two is Sutter pitched in the pre-Dennis Eckersley era of closers as he threw 327 1/3 more innings than Nen in only 18 more games pitched. Given that HOF voters are more open to closers getting in now and the "heroic" nature of him pitching in the '02 World Series with his shoulder being mush I wouldn't be surprised if he received the necessary 5% to stay on the ballot.

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