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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Travis Jackson, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1982.


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Played 1922-1936 (15 Seasons)
1656 Games
6086 At Bats
.291 Batting Average 
833 Runs
1768 Hits
2636 Total Bases
291 Doubles
86 Triples
135 HRs
929 RBI
412 Walks 
71 SBs

The Numbers

Six .300 Seasons
One 30 Double Seasons
Two 10 Triple Seasons
One 100 RBI Season

Playoffs:  One World Series Ring, 10 of 67 (.149), 7 Runs, 1 Double, 4 RBI, 3 Walks.

Awards

1 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 7 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Once
Slugging % – Once
Games - Twice
At Bats – Once
Hits - Once
Triples -  Twice
Home Runs – Four Times
RBI – Twice
Stolen Bases – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Gray Ink: Batting – 41 (587) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 25.9 (389) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 28.0 (604) (Likely HOFer > 100)

I am befuddled by Travis Jackson’s inclusion.  My first thought was “who did he sleep with to get into Cooperstown”.  His career numbers are equally as unimpressive as his yearly rankings.  I’ll give him credit for having a cool nickname.  “Stonewall” is simpy a bad-ass nickname.  I guess his saving grace was his defense and the fact that he played Shortstop.  He was considered one of the best at his position in his era.  He falls way short of all of the HOF yardsticks.  I hate to step on the toes of the VC, but I can’t see how they can justify Travis Jackson’s inclusion while Dave Concepcion is continually ignored.  There are dozens of players that I feel are more worthy.  If I could trade his spot for one of them, I would.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Bobby Grich
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars.  

Pitcher
Kevin Slowey - Starting pitching has been great on the Twins’ current 11-1 run.  Slowey has been one of their finest.  In the past week he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP in 15 Innings with 15 Ks without a Walk.  Since getting bombed by the White Sox on June 8th, Slowey has allowed 3 Runs in 29 Innings (0.93 ERA).

Catcher
Jason Kendall - How about Milwaukee’s Jason Kendall for a blast from the past?  He turned 34 on Thursday and hit .333 (6 of 18) last week.  He added 2 Runs, an RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  Not too bad for a grizzled vet.

Corner Infielder
Ryan Gload - Kansas City’s Gload was hitting a load last week with his .450 batting averaged (9 or 20).  He added 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, a HR, 6 RBI, and 3 Walks.  As an added bonus, he qualifies at OF as well in Yahoo leagues.

Middle Infielder
Willie Harris
 - Washington’s Willie Harris was hot last week.  The Georgia native went 7 of 19 (.368) with 3 Runs, a Triple, a HR, an RBI, 3 Walks, and 2 SBs.  Willie turned 30 on Sunday, June 22nd.

Outfielder
Jim Edmonds - Kendall isn’t the only grizzled vet that tore it up last week.  Chicago Cubs’ Jim Edmonds stepped back in time to go 6 of 19 (.316) with 5 Runs, 3 HRs, 6 RBI, and 6 Walks.  He also celebrated a birthday last week, turning 38 on Friday.

Sunday, June 29th
Ichiro Suzuki
went 5 for 5 with a pair of Runs scored.  RIch Aurilia banged out 3 Hits with 5 RBI.  Mark Grudzielanek had 4 Hits and scored 3 Runs.  Jason LaRue had 4 RBI.  Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips (3 Runs), Marcus Thames, Luis Castillo, Endy Chavez, Shawn Riggans, and John Bowker (3 Runs) each had 3 Hits.  Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, and Adrian Beltre each had 3 RBI.

Kevin Slowey pitched a Complete Game Shutout allowing 3 Hits while striking out 8 to improve to 5-6 with a 3.47 ERA.  John Lackey gave up 3 Hits in 8-2/3 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA.  A.J. Burnett tossed 7 Innings of four-hit scoreless ball with 11 Ks to improve to 8-7. He beat Jo-Jo Reyes, who gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 5 Ks.  Bronson Arroyo gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 5-7.  Oliver Perez gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 6-5.  Dan Haren gave up 1 unearned Run on 5 Hits with 7 Ks, but took a no-decision.  Jeremy Guthrie (7 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits) and Jason Bergmann (7 Innings, 1 Run) battled to no-decisions. Andy Sonnanstine gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits to improve to 9-3.  Tom Gorzelanny gave 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Josh Beckett gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings, but earned a no-decision.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 1 Run on 4  Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA.  Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings, but took a Loss.  Mark Buehrle gave up 1 unearned Run to even his record at 6-6 with a 3.79 ERA.

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3rdStoneFromTheSun, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community, suggested Bobby Grich.  Here are my findings.

 

Played 1970-1986 (17 Seasons)
2008 Games
6890 At Bats
.266 Batting Average 
1033 Runs
1833 Hits
2919 Total Bases
320 Doubles
47 Triples
224 HRs
864 RBI
1087 Walks 
104 SBs

One .300 Season
Two 30 Double Seasons
One 30 HR Season
One 100 RBI Season

Playoffs:  24 Games, 16 for 88 (.182), 5 Runs, 3 Doubles, 3 HRs, 9 RBI, 5 Walks

Awards

4 Gold Gloves
1 Silver Slugger
6 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 5 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

On-base % - 5 Times
Slugging % – Twice (Led league in 1981)
OPS – Twice
Games - Twice (Led league in 1973)
At Bats – Once
Runs - Twice
Total Bases - Once
Extra-base Hits - 3 Times
Doubles - Twice
Triples -  Once
Home Runs – Twice (Led league in 1981)
RBI – Once
Walks – 6 Times
Hit by Pitch – 8 Times (Led league in 1974)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 8 (273) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 40 (600) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 30.9 (254) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 42.5 (418) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Bobby Grich was an excellent fielding Second Baseman with a some Big League pop.  He twice set the fielding % record at Second Base.  First at .995 and later at .997.  He was named to six All-Star teams and took home four Gold Gloves.  Offensively, though, he never hit the milestones you need to.  He never scored 100 Runs in a season.  He never had more than 157 Hits in a season.  He had a couple of HOF worthy seasons in 1979 & 1981, but they were far too few.  I can see him in the Orioles and Angels Hall of Fames, but that’s as far as it goes.  His rankings in the HOF yardsticks support my claim that Cooperstown isn’t the right place for Bobby (unless they opened a Rawlings Wing in the HOF).

References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library


Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

Saturday, June 28th
Derrek Lee
had 5 Hits and 3 RBI.  Gregor Blanco, Adam Jones (3 Runs), Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Lowell (3 RBI) each colleted 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells (3 RBI), Casey Blake, Willy Taveras, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, Carlos Lee (3 RBI), Chris Ianetta, Kurt Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, and Edgar Renteria each had 3 Hits.  Paul Bako Kevin Youkilis, Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta, and Chris Young each had 3 RBI.  Ryan Raburn hit a Grand Slam.

Jeff Weaver and Jose Arredondon combined for a no-hitter, but an unearned Run cost them the game.  Chad Billingsley gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to earn the improbable victory and improve to 7-7 with a 3.37 ERA.  Tim Linceum gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 9-1 with a2.38 ERA.  Manny Parra gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 8-2 with a 3.95 ERA.  Johnny Cueto gave up 5 Hits in 6-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-8.  John Parrish gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings for his first win of the year.  Andy Pettitte gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improv to 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA.  Mitchell Boggs gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 3-0.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-4 (he gets a decision every time out, huh?) with a 3.21 ERA.  Ty Taubenheim gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Garrett Olson gave up 1 Run in 5 Innings to improve to 6-3.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 8 Innings, but took a Loss.  Carlos Silva gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 4-9.

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer George Kell, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1983.

 
George Kell with Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Boudreau
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The Numbers
Played 1943-1957 (15 Seasons)
1795 Games
6702 At Bats
.306 Batting Average 
881 Runs
2054 Hits
2773 Total Bases
385 Doubles
50 Triples
78 HRs
870 RBI
621 Walks 
51 SBs

Nine .300 Seasons
One 100 Run Season
One 200 Hit Season
Five 30 Double Seasons
One 10 Triple Season
One 100 RBI Season

Awards

10 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 8 Times (Led league in 1949)
On-base % - 4 Times
Slugging % – Twice
OPS – Three Times
Games - 4 Times (Led league in 1950)
At Bats – 4 Times (Led league in 1950)
Runs - 3 Times
Hits - 6 Times (Led league in 1950 & 1951)
Total Bases - 3 Times
Extra-base Hits - 3 Times
Doubles - 6 Times (Led league in 1950 & 1951)
Triples -  Twice
RBI – Once
Stolen Bases – Once
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 16 (139) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 93 (248) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 28.7 (306) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 90.0 (174) (Likely HOFer > 100)

There has to be something beyond the numbers because I have no idea how someone with fewer than 900 Runs & RBI and barely over 2000 Hits makes it to ten All-Star Games, let alone the Hall of Fame.  He did have a brilliant 1950 season when he hit .340 with 114 Runs, 218 Hits, 56 Doubles, and 101 RBI.  Besides that breakout season, he only had oneof other Hall of Fame worthy seasons (1949).  He was a standout with the glove leading the league in fielding seven times, assists four times, and total chances/game four times.  He did manage to keep Ted Williams from winning the Triple Crown by a few decimal points.  While he was a solid player, I don’t see him as a HOF player.  However, when you factor in his long broadcasting career it’s easy to see why this baseball lifer was enshrined. 
References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library

Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

Friday, June 27th
Carlos Delgado
hit a Double, a pair of HRs, and drove in 9 Runs in the first game.  Luis Castillo scored 5 Runs in the first game.  Carlos Beltran scored 4 Runs and had 3 RBI in the first game.  Bobby Abreu had 4 Hits and 3 RBI in the second game.  Evan Longoria had 4 Hits, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI.  David Wright (first game) and Curtis Granderson each had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Carlos Quentin and Kevin Youkilis also had 4 Hits.  Corey Hart hit a pair of HRs and had 3 RBI.  A-Rod (first game), Geovany Soto, Jermaine Dye (3 RBI), Delmon Young, Clete Thomas, Ryan Braun, Carl Crawford (3 Runs), Troy Glaus, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Lopez, David DeJesus, Ian Kinsler (3 Runs), Dustin Pedroia, Adam “Not Pacman” Jones, Brian Giles, and Jamey Carroll each had 3 Hits.  Grady Sizemore, Mark Teixeira, J.D. Drew, Robinson Cano (2nd game), Adrian Beltre, Andre Ethier, and Jack Wilson each had 3 RBI.  Nick Swisher and Pedro Feliz each hit a Grand Slam.  Eric Hinske scored 3 Runs and had 3 RBI.  Alex Gordon had 4 RBI.  Russell Martin scored 3 Runs.

C.C. Sabathia gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 11 Ks to improve to 6-8 and lower is ERA to 3.78.   Jair Jurrjens tossed 8 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits to improve to 8-3 with a 2.94 ERA.  Eddie Bonine gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 strong Innings as he improve to 2-0 with a 3.98 ERA.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 8-4.  Daisuke Matsuzaka  gave up 2 Hits in 5 scoreless Innings to improve to 9-1 with a 3.21 ERA.  Gil Meche gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 6-8.  Sidney Ponson gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings as he improved to 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA.  Dana Eveland gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 6-5 with a 3.34 ERA.  Jarrod Washburn gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 3-7.  Chan Ho Park gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA,


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