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HOF Profiles: Brady Anderson

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Brady Anderson - Outfielder

 

Boston Red Sox 1988

Baltimore Orioles 1988-2001

Cleveland Indians 2002

 

Awards

None

 

All-Star Selections: 3 (1992, 1996, 1997)

 

League Leader

1996: Extra Base Hits

 

Career Ranks

None of note

 

Best Performance

August 7, 1998 - Baltimore at Minnesota

Career high five hits which included two homeruns and two doubles.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Gray Ink: Batting - 37 (643) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 26.1 (376) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 38.0 (473) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: None

Top 10 Similar Batters: Johnny Callison, Devon White, Rick Monday, Roy White, Lloyd Moseby, Chet Lemon, Claudell Washington, Jimmy Wynn, Ray Lankford, Amos Otis

 

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

 

1988: 3/1.4

1989: 7/2.1

1990: 7/3.0

1991: 6/1.8

1992: 29/11.3

1993: 18/6.4

1994: 12/6.2

1995: 19/6.6

1996: 28/10.0

1997: 26/7.2

1998: 13/4.4

1999: 23/8.8

2000: 15/5.4

2001: 8/2.4

2002: 0/0.2

 

Career Win Shares: 214

Career WARP3: 77.3

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

A bit of a late bloomer as his breakout year didn't come until age 28 as to that point he looked like he might be a bust. Will always be remembered for being the least likely player ever to hit 50 homeruns. He's the only player in MLB history to hit 50 homeruns in one season without having a 30+ homerun season at any other point in his career (not counting Prince Fielder). Interesting enough his breakout year of '92 is ranked as being better than his '96 season by both Win Shares and WARP. I'm guessing it has to do with his 53 stolen bases that year and I think he was probably a much better defensive outfielder at that point. Also in 1996 everyone seemed to be hitting 50 homeruns so his year doesn't really standout. Not as good as what his similar batters show as Wynn and Otis in particular were much better players.

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