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HOF Profile: Mark Grace

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Mark Grace, First Baseman

 

Chicago Cubs 1988-2000

Arizona Diamondbacks 2001-2003

 

Awards

1992 NL Gold Glove - 1B

1993 NL Gold Glove - 1B

1995 NL Gold Glove - 1B

1996 NL Gold Glove - 1B

 

All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1995, 1997)

 

League Leader

1995: Doubles

 

Career Ranks

Doubles: 39th

Walks: 79th

Runs Created: 98th

 

Best Performance

July 7, 1989 - San Diego at Chicago

Goes 4 for 4 with three doubles and a home run.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Black Ink: Batting - 3 (507) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)

Gray Ink: Batting - 86 (265) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 38.0 (165) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 60.5 (309) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Enos Slaughter)

Other Similar Batters: Keith Hernandez, Mickey Vernon, John Olerud, Hal McRae, Wally Joyner, Bill Buckner, Al Oliver, Joe Judge, Joe Kuhel

 

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

 

1988: 16/4.3

1989: 25/7.6

1990: 22/6.4

1991: 17/5.4

1992: 25/8.0

1993: 23/7.6

1994: 12/4.3

1995: 23/6.9

1996: 20/5.7

1997: 20/6.8

1998: 27/6.4

1999: 21/5.2

2000: 18/4.8

2001: 16/4.8

2002: 8/2.0

2003: 1/-0.1

 

Career Win Shares: 294

Career WARP: 86.2

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

Grace always hit for a good average (Top 10 in N.L. batting average nine times), get on base at a good rate (Top 10 in OBP seven times), and was a superb defensive first baseman. Problem with him though is that he had very little power and the standards for HOF first basemen are higher than any other position and he just doesn't really have much of a case. Among first basemen who had a minimum of 3000 plate appearances between 1988 and 2003 (when Grace was active), he ranks only 17th in OPS+

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heh, I'm mildly surprised that in the small sample of writers who have made their HOF ballot public so far that he's received almost no support as I figured there would be a handful of writers who would cite that fact as an excuse to vote for him.

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