Something that never gets talked about much here is the HoF. There has been a craze by the saber-community to get Bert Blyleven in, and fortunately it has finally happened. I have personally never written up a piece on him, but I've read a few, and he certainly qualifies as an easy HOF'er for me. Jack Morris is always brought up too and how hes not worthy, which I agree with; career +39.3 WAR, exactly 1 season with a WAR above 5. Uh, no, that's not nearly good enough. People like Jon Heyman and Jayson Stark who cry about how he started Opening Day and All-Star games are really ignorant. Its 2011. Get with the program. Baseball is a lot more than pitcher win-loss records and even ERA.
Jeff Bagwell received 41.7% votes for his 1st year. He'll make it in eventually, but he should have been a 1st ballot guy. He really was an incredible player:
WAR Leaders among 1B from 1990 to 2000:
1) Jeff Bagwell, +64.7
2) Frank Thomas, +63.0
3) Rafael Palmeiro, +56.5
WAR leaders among 1B from 1995 to 2000:
1) Jeff Bagwell, +42.0
2) Mark McGwire, +38.4
3) Jim Thome, +31.9
And for the hell of it... WAR leaders among 1B from 1997 to 2000:
1) Jeff Bagwell, +21.4
2) Mark McGwire, +19.9
3) John Olerud, +18.3
Bagwell also stacks up amazingly well against other position players of his time, ranking 3rd in WAR from 1990 to 2000, behind only Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. He was an elite, dominating player of his era, part of the steroid era
no less, and arguably was the BEST at his position during that time frame. Hes in the all-time top 10 in WAR at his position too. Sure he was accused of steroids, but hes innocent until proven guilty, and jeez, who the hell wasn't juicing anyway?
Kevin Brown is another guy who didn't get much recognition. Actually, he got like none (2.1%), which is unfortunate. He put up pretty dominant numbers, as a starting pitcher, amidst the steroid era. From 1990 to 2000, he ranked 4th among starters in WAR; behind some guys named Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson, ahead of John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, among others. His career +64.4 WAR passes the ~50 WAR HoF basis that some go by. Even if you want to argue hes not HoF-worthy, he still should get a lot more notoriety.
And congrats to Robert Alomar. Hopefully Larkin gets in next year too. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs wrote a nice piece on why Larkin should certainly be in - http://www.fangraphs...why-not-larkin/
Edited by nmigliore, 05 January 2011 - 03:01 PM.