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HOF Profiles: Chuck Knoblauch

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Chuck Knoblauch - Second Baseman

 

Minnesota Twins 1991-1997

New York Yankees 1998-2001

Kansas City Royals 2002

 

Awards

1991 A.L. Rookie of the Year

1995 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B

1997 A.L. Gold Glove - 2B

1997 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B

 

All-Star Selections: 4 (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)

 

League Leader

1994: Doubles

1996: Triples

 

Career Ranks

SB: 63rd

 

Best Performance

July 30, 1999 - New York at Boston

Went 5 for 6 with a double, homerun, and 4 RBI against the Red Sox.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Black Ink: Batting - 3 (503) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)

Gray Ink: Batting - 67 (360) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 33.8 (209) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 66.5 (275) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Lou Boudreau)

Other Similar Batters: Eric Young, Jason Kendall, Edgar Renteria, Mark Grudzielanek, Larry Doyle, Alvin Dark, Dave Lopes, Pete Runnels, Delino DeShields

 

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

 

1991: 20/5.8

1992: 23/7.8

1993: 16/4.5

1994: 20/6.3

1995: 27/9.9

1996: 32/11.1

1997: 23/7.6

1998: 22/8.5

1999: 25/7.1

2000: 10/2.5

2001: 11/3.0

2002: 2/0.0

 

Career Win Shares: 230

Career WARP3: 74.2

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

Very good player during the 90's but by age 32 he was already washed up. Had a very good knowledge of the strikezone as the majority of his years he had more walks than strikeouts. His Gold Glove in 1997 was largely undeserved as he was above average at his best and then became very poor a couple of years later when he developed a mental block when it came throwing to first base. Having that happen to you while you are playing for the Yankees just magnified the problem and his offensive numbers would begin their downward spiral the following year.

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"McNamee said that he acquired human growth hormone from Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001. Beginning during spring training and continuing through the early portion of the season, McNamee injected Knoblauch at least seven to nine times with human growth hormone.

 

"Knoblauch paid Radomski through Jason Grimsley and, once or twice, through McNamee. (Radomski produced two checks from Grimsley in 2001 that totaled $5,550.) According to Radomski, McNamee suggested to him that McNamee was obtaining human growth hormone on Knoblauch’s behalf. According to McNamee, on occasion Knoblauch also procured his own supply of human growth hormone. McNamee believed that Knoblauch’s other source was Jason Grimsley."

 

REFERNCES [sic]

 

Mitchell, George J. "Information Regarding Purchases or Use of Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball." Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball. MLB.com, 13 December 2007. 177.

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