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There is no question that Keith Hernandez was better with his glove than his stick.  He is one of the best at fielding the first base position.  That alone should give him Hall of Fame consideration, but his hitting was solid enough to get him in.

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The Numbers
2088 Games
7370 At Bats
.296 Batting Average
1124 Runs
2182 Hits
426 Doubles
60 Triples
162 Home Runs
1071 RBI
98 Stolen Bases
1070 Walks

Playoffs – 30 games, 117 At bats, 13 runs, 31 hits (.265 average), 3 doubles, 1 triple 2 HRs, 21 RBI.

The Awards
1979 MVP
5 All-Star Games
11 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 8 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting – Seven times (1979 Batting Title)
On-base % – Eight times (Led league in 1980)
Slugging % – Three times
OPS – Five times
Games – Six times
Runs – Five times (Led league in ’79 & ’80)
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Eight times (Led league in ’79)
Total Bases – Three times
RBI – Five times
Walks – Seven times (Led league in ’86)

Like I said, his hitting wasn’t enough to put him into the Hall of Fame.  However, he was a pretty darn good hitter.  He didn’t give you power that you’d like out of a first baseman, but he drove in runs, and more importantly, was exceptional with the glove.  He is a lot like HOFer Bill Mazeroski.  Decent with the stick, but a Hall of Famer with the glove.  He won an MVP, some Silver Sluggers, two World Series titles, and a mess of Gold Gloves.  To me he’s worthy of Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane

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Tony Mullane won 284 career games at a .563 clip.  He won 30+ games five straight seasons.  He had six season where he threw 400+ innings.  Two of them he had over 500 innings.  He was consisently among the league leaders in Wins, ERA, and Strikeouts.  He should be in the Hall of Fame.

The Numbers
284 Wins
.563 Winning Percentage
3.05 ERA
504 Starts
4531.3 Innings
468 Complete Games
30 Shutouts
15 Saves
1803 Strikeouts
1.237 WHIP

2720 At Bats
.243 Batting Average
407 Runs
661 Hits
99 Doubles
38 Triples
8 Home Runs
223 RBI
112 Stolen Bases

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – Seven times
ERA – Seven times
Winning Percentage – Four times (Led league in 1883)
Games – Eight times (Led league in 1882)
Saves – Seven times (Led league in ’83, ’88, ’89, ’93 & ’94)
Innings – Eight times
Strikeouts – Six times (Led league in 1882)
Complete Games – Eight times
Shutouts – Six times (Led league in 1884 & 1887)

Had Tony won 16 more games he would be in the Hall of Fame.  Had he not been suspended in 1885 for switching teams too frequently, he would likely have reached the 300 mark.  He clearly was one of the best pitchers of his era.  He was even a decent hitter.  He has more hits than any other pitcher.  He is one of the only pitchers to ever pitch with both hands.  I think the Apollo of the Box should be in the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker

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Friday Tidbits 2/1/08

1 February 2008

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Plaxico Burress said the Giants may have a better receiving corps than the Patriots.  He also said they’d beat the Patriots.  At least he’s confident.  Atlanta hired Mike Mularkey to be their new Offensive Coordinator.  San Diego will face New Orleans in London next year.  On paper it sounds better than the Giants-Dolphins game we bored London crowds with.  Rex Ryan will remain the Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator.  “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”  I’m in Cleveland silly.  I just signed a two-year extension!  Greg Ellis will replace Lance Briggs in the Pro Bowl.  Terrell Owens owes the Eagles some money.  Cincinnati signed Carson Palmer’s brother Jordan to a backup QB role.  Willis McGahee will replace LT in the Pro Bowl.  St. Louis signed Al Saunders to be their Offensive Coordinator.  Defensive MVP Bob Sanders had shoulder surgery.  There stil no replacement in place for Joe Gibbs.

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Kevin Garnett beat the Timberwolves in his first meeting against his ex-team.  The Big Three scored 7, but the C’s still beat the Heat.  Kobe dropped 40 on Dallas in defeat.  Memphis bought out Damon Stoudamire’s contract.  Miami snapped their 15 game losing streak by beating Indiana.  Orlando beat the Celtics.  LeBron scored 41 as the Cavs beat the Lakers.  Caron Butler’s 40 wasn’t good enough vs. Milwaukee.  Big Al Jefferson had 40 points and 19 boards as Minnesota beat New Jersey.  He had 26 points and 20 boards in a win over Chicago.  Andris Biedrins grabbed 26 rebounds in a win over the Knicks.  Chris Webber is returning to Golden State.  Dallas will be without Devin Harris for a few weeks.  He bruised a bone on his ankle.  Chris Paul stuffed the stat sheets with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 17 assists.  Tony Parker is being forced to shut it down for a while a bone spur heals.  I can just see Eva waiting on him.  Antawn Jamison had 24 points, 20 rebounds in an overtime win over Chris Bosh (37 points) and Toronto.  Yao Ming had 36 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Golden State.  T-Mac missed it.  Shocking.  Cleveland will be without Anderson Varejao for a few weeks because of a sprained ankle.  Earl Boykins signed a deal with Charlotte.  Boston beat Dallas without KG.  LeBron missed a game with a sprained ankle.

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The East beat the West in the NHL All-Star game 8-7.  Eric Staal took home MVP honors.  Rick Nash netted an All-Star Game Hat Trick.  Toronto will be without centers Alex Steen and Darryl Boyce because of separated shoulders.  Pittsburgh picked up Kris Beech off waivers.  Anaheim’s lineup will be bolstered by the return of Teemu Selanne.  Vancouver D Willie Mitchell is out for a while after breaking a vertebra in his back.  San Jose added Jody Shelley from Columbus for a draft pick.  The Los Angeles Kings signed W Raitis Ivanans to a two-year deal.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Washington, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Edmonton.  Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Florida.  New York Rangers’ Stephen Valiquette vs. Philly.  Alexander Ovechkin had four goals in a 5-4 win over Montreal.  I guess the NHL can go on without Sid the Kid as long as Alexander the Great is lighting it up.

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The Twins made news this week by trading Johan Santana to the Mets.  They turned down better offers earlier and didn’t even get top prospects.  They also signed Justin Morneau (6 years, $80 million) and Michael Cuddyer (3 years,$24 million).  Had they signed them last year, they would have saved $20-$30 million on these two.  Not the best week for Twins fans.  Of course this depends on a contract agreement with the Mets.  The Mets want to guarantee five years while Johan wants six.  Chad Gaudin signed a one-year deal with Oakland for $1.77 million.  Carlos Pena signed an extension with Tampa Bay worth $24 million.  Washington’s Paul Lo Duca hurt his knee working out.  At least he knows of some “good meds” to help him heal quickly.  He should be out a month or so following his surgery.  Robinson Cano signed a six-year $56 million deal with the Yankees.  Mike Lieberthal has decided to hang up his catcher’s mitt.  Roger Clemens released a wordy response to the steroid allegations.  I’m not sure I believe him, but at least he’s blazing back.  Chicago sent David Aardsma to Boston Willy Mota and Miguel Socolovic.  Philadelphia signed Pedro Feliz to a two-year deal.  Johnny Estrada joined the Nationals.  Seattle signed Brad Wilkerson.  Morgan Ensberg signed with the Yankees.  Seattle and Baltimore are still discussing an Erik Bedard trade.

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Missouri’s leading scorer Stefhon Hannah broke his jaw.  He’ll miss a month or more.  He was hurt in a bar fight.  Four of his teammates got supsended for curfew vioations.  Eastern Michigan kicked C James Matthews off the team.  New Mexico State is making Jahmar Young miss a game for leaving the arena early.  UConn suspended guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins indefinitely for violating team rules.  They knocked off #8 Indiana without them, 68-63.  Ugly week for player behavior.  Purdue bumped #11 Wisconsin 60-56.  Mississippi State thumped #15 Old Miss.  Rutgers knocked off #17 Pitt 77-64.  Notre Dame beat #18 Villanova 90-80.  Richmond beat #19 Dayton 80-63.  Florida beat #13 Vandebilt 86-64.  Miami beat #25 Clemson 75-72.  San Diego beat #20 St. Mary’s 63-55.  Kansas State knocked off #2 Kansas 84-75.  Michael Beasley had 25 for K-State.  Joey Dorsey had 22 rebounds for #1 Memphis in their win over Houston.  #23 Texas A&M beat #10 Texas 80-63.  #22 Ole Miss beat #18 Vanderbilt 74-58. Arkansas thrashed #25 Mississippi State 78-58.  Tubby Smith won his 400th game.  He’s done a fine job with the Golden Gophers.  Cal beat #9 Washington State 69-64.  #13 Wisconsin beat #11 Indiana 62-49. 

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Tennessee RB Arian Foster had knee surgery.  Penn State kicked DT Chris Baker, LB Navorro Bowman, and CB Knowledge Timmons for fighting last year.  I guess Timmons didn’t use his namesake.  Wake Forest kicked RB Luke Caparelli to the curb.  Texas A & M Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner are facing robbery charges.  Jared Foster, a recruit at Mississippi, was told no thanks after he got caught selling steroids.

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Tiger Woods cruised to yet another victory at the Buick Invitational.  He’s pretty good.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Dave Parker had it all going for him.  He had won a pair of batting titles, a MVP, and a World Series ring by the time he was 28.  His career was slightly derailed by injuries, conditioning, and cocaine use.  He bounced back to have some solid seasons in his mid-thirties.  In his late-thirties he help guide the Oakland A’s to a World Series victory over San Francisco.  Despite his issues, I think his career was good enough for a spot in Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
2466 Games (56th All-time)
9358 At Bats (45th All-time)
.290 At Bats
1272 Runs (129th All-time)
2712 Hits (55th All-time)
526 Doubles (32nd All-time)
75 Triples
339 Home Runs (82nd All-time)
1493 RBI (48th All-time)
4405 Total Bases (44th All-time)
154 Stolen Bases

World Series Numbers
3 Series, 14 Games
53 At Bats
.283 Batting Average
4 Runs
15 Hits
4 Doubles
1 Home Runs
6 RBI

The Awards

1978 MVP
1979 All-Star MVP
7 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 9 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Five times (Batting Titles in ’77 & ’78)
On-Base % – Three times
Slugging % – Seven times (Led league in ’75 & ’78)
OPS – Five Times (Led league in ’78)
Games – Four times
At Bats – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Seven times (Led league in ’77)
Doubles – Five (Led league in ’77 & ’85)
Triples – Three times
Home Runs – Four times
RBI – Nine Times (Led league in ”85)
Total Bases – Seven times (Led league in ’78, ’85 & ’86)
Intentional Walks – Eight times (Led league in ’78 & ’85)

Cobra was a feared hitter.  He hit for average, as evidenced by his back-to-back batting titles, power (six seasons of 25+ HR), had some speed (seven seasons of double-digit stolen bases), had a good glove (three straight Gold Gloves), and had a good arm (seven seasons of double-digit assists including 26 in 1977).  His power numbers are a little dwarfed by the steroids era, but he was more than just a home run hitter.  He had more total bases than Hall of Famers like Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, and Harmon Killebrew to name a few.  I think he earned a spot in Coopertown. 

References
Baseball-reference.com
Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges

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Gil Hodges had more Home Runs and RBI in the 1950s than anyone not named Duke Snider.  His power numbers are low in comparison to the steroid era sluggers that leapfrogged many of the greats from the past.  However, his 370 home runs was once good enough for a spot in the top ten.  He was also the National League leader by a righthander.  His numbers would have been eve greater, but he fought in World War II just after making his pro debut.  Odds are he would have reached 400 Home Runs, which likely would have cemented a spot in Cooperstown.  Regardless, I think he deserves a spot.

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The Numbers
2071 Games
7030 At Bats
.273 At Bats
1105 Runs
1921 Hits
295 Doubles
48 Triples
370 Home Runs (62nd All-time)
1274 RBI

World Series Numbers
7 Series, 39 Games
131 At Bats
.267 Batting Average
15 Runs
35 Hits
2 Doubles
1 Triple
5 Home Runs
21 RBI
17 Walks


The Awards

Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
8 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
MVP votes in 9 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Once
On-Base % – Three times
Slugging % – Six Times
OPS – Six Times
Games – Seven Times
At Bats – Once
Runs – Four times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Once
Triples – Once
Home Runs – Ten Times
RBI – Seven Times
Total Bases – Once
Walks – Five Times
Stolen Bases – Once

Managerial Record
660-753 (.467)
1 World Series Win (Miracle Mets)

Not only did he put up solid numbers, but he was a winner.  He played in seven World Series, losing five times to the Yankees, while winning two (’55 vs. Yankees and ’59 vs. White Sox).  He also won a World Series title as the Mets manager of the miraculous ’69 Mets squad.  He was also a solid defensive player winning the first three Gold Gloves for First Basemen.  I see no reason why he’s not in the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-Reference
Wikipedia

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry

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It appears that greed got the best of new Twins GM Bill Smith.  Had Terry Ryan been the one to make the deal, I would be a little less worried about the return.  I guess we’ll have to take the wait-and-see approach, but it appears that the Twins settled for a weaker offering for Johan Santana.

The Red Sox and the Yankees both offered packages that would give the Twins immediate help.  The Red Sox were willing to part ways with Jon Lester or Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Twins wanted both of them.  The Yankees offered Melky Cabrera and Phil Hughes.  The Twins misread the value of their cards though in this high stakes game of poker.  They failed to realize that in addition to trading key pieces, either team would have to fork over a ton of dough to sign the ace.  That lessened the value of Santana.  Even the Mets had better offers on the table than the Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra package they settled for.  Minnesota had pie in the sky aspirations thinking they could net Jose Reyes for Santana.  It was this misjudgement that let the better deals get away.  How they could trade away Johan without getting top prospect Fernando Martinez is beyond me. 

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The last time the Twins dealt a Cy Young winner (Frank Viola) to the Mets it worked out quite well.  They landed Rick Aguilera and Kevin Tapani.  We’ll see if they can strike gold again.  I’m just not confident as this appears to continue the string of blunders made by the Twins.  Letting Torii Hunter go without any return is unforgivable.  Yes, he priced himself out of their market, but how did they not see it coming?  He basically said “get what you can for me”.  Yeah, it was nice that they signed Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer to long-term deals, but if they signed them last year they would have saved themselves $20-$30 million.  Add that to the $45 million they offered Hunter, and maybe you don’t lose the face of your franchise.  Either that or add it to the money you’re pitching to the best pitcher in baseball.  Maybe he doesn’t walk.  Then there’s the greed that let better deals get away for Johan.  Small market teams can’t afford to make these blunders. 

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Three times in the past year the Twins have held their cards too long.  Hunter.  Morneau/Cuddyer.  Santana.  Sometimes you’ve got to know when to fold them and do what’s best for your team.  Somebody should put Bill Smith in touch with Kenny Rogers.

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I would have liked to see Ron Guidry get more than the 170 victories he totaled.  If he got 30 more at the same winning percentage (.651), I think he would have been a no-brainer.  He had a nine-year stretch when he was one of the very best pitchers in the game.  His 25-3, 1.74 ERA in 1978 is legendary.  His 3-1, 1.69 ERA in World Series play shows he could elevate his game.  I’m a Red Sox fan, but I appreciate how good Ron Guidry was.  I think he should be a HOFer.  If he’s good enough for to have his number retired by the Yankees and a spot in Monument Park, then he’s good enough for Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
170-91
.651 Winning Percentage (27th All-time)
3.29 ERA
1778 Strikeouts
323 Starts
95 Complete Games (Complete game in every 3.4 starts)
26 Shutouts (Shutout every 12.4 starts)
2392 Innings Pitched

Playoffs:  10 Starts, 5-2, 3.02 ERA, 51 Strikeouts, 3 Complete Games
World Series:  4 Starts, 3-1, 1.69 ERA, 26 Strikeouts, 2 Complete Games

The Awards
1978 Cy Young
1978 Major League Pitcher of the Year
1978 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year
Roberto Clemente Award
4 All-Star Games
5 Gold Gloves
Cy Young votes in 6 Seasons (Runner up in ’85)
MVP votes in 5 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Wins – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
Winning Percentage – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
ERA – 5 Times (1st in ’78 & ’79)
Strikeouts – 7 Times (Runner up in ’78 & ’79)
Shutouts – 5 Times (1st in ’78)
Complete Games – 4 Times (1st in ’83)
Stikeout to Walk Ratio – 9 Times (1st in ’81)

Gator didn’t join the Yankee rotation until he was 26.  All he did was help guide them to back-to-back World Series titles.  He was dominant eight of his first nine seasons.  He needs to be judged on quality rather than quantity.  He doesn’t have the most wins, but his winning percentage is right up there with the all-time greats.  His 1978 season is still one of the best of the ages.  He delivered on the biggest stage.  I think it would only be right if he could his place among the greats of Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo

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My Sports Weekend

28 January 2008

With the NFL on hiatus for the first time since September 6th (I don’t count preseason games), and watching the NBA as exciting to me as watching paint dry, I figured I would be giving the sports world a rest.  That wasn’t the case though.

 It started with a phone call.  I was driving home from work with my wife (we carpooled since she had to be in early) and my phone rang.  It was my cousin Jose.  He put in security systems at the Metrodome for Twinsfest.  He scored some free passes and wanted to see if I would go.  It was last minute, but with the cold snap we were experiencing (it was -21 degrees one morning last week) I jumped at the chance to warm myself mentally.  I mean how can you be cold when you’re immersed in the Game of Summer?  It was pretty neat.  I saw Rod Carew and Tony Oliva.  I saw Boof Bonser, Nick Punto, Francisco Liriano, and Mike Redmond.  There were some amazing historical pieces there as well.  Both the 1987 & 1991 World Series trophies were on display.  Lou Gehrig’s uniform.  A Nellie Fox jersey.  Ty Cobb’s glove.  The ball that Dave Kingman got stuck in the roof of the Metrodome.  Plus, much more.  It was awesome.  They had a bunch of vendors selling bobbleheads and baseball cards.  It didn’t physically warm the air, but it did give me a little taste of summer. 

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My son’s first fish – May 2005 

On Sunday I took my son ice fishing for the first time ever.  He’s three so I wasn’t sure how it would go.  We only went for an hour and a half so it wasn’t too long for him.  He loved being on the ice, watching the auger drill holes and the rush of water when you’ve drilled through, and being in the fish house.  He still needs to improve on his patience with the fishing portion, but he did OK for a three year old.  He was the first one to catch a fish too.  He picked up a tiny Perch.  He was pretty excited.  I think he’d go again.

After that we went to see a friend play hockey.  I wasn’t sure how my son would do, but it wasn’t too long.  They had two 17 minute periods where the clocks kept running, and one 12 minute period where the clocks stopped with penalties and such.  The intermissions were only a minute so they kept it going. I told Heidi that she had to score a goal since we were going.  She even delivered.  Of course, my son chose to need a bathroom run just prior to the goal, so I missed it.  Still cool nonetheless.  

 So it wasn’t quite what the Super Bowl is going to be next weekend, but the trio of sport outings made for a fun weekend.

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There are many players with better numbers than Santo that didn’t quite make the same impact.  It’s hard to measure, but whatever it was, Santo had it.  He made nine All-Star teams and took home five Gold Gloves.  He had decent power numbers to go along with that slick glove.

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The Numbers
.277 Batting Average
1138 Runs
2254 Hits 
365 Doubles 
67 Triples 
342 Home Runs
1231 RBI
2243 Games
8143 At Bats
1108 Walks (68th All-time)

The Awards
1973 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
9 All-Star Games
5 Gold Gloves
MVP votes in 7 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Seven times (Led league in ’64 & ’66)
Slugging % – Five times
OPS – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits - Four times
Doubles - Four Times
Triples - Twice (Led league in ’64)
Home Runs – 7 Times
RBI – 8 Times
Walks – 9 Times (Led league in ’64, ’66, ’67, ’68)
Total Bases – Five times
Games – Eight times
At Bats – Three times

This one isn’t a no-brainer like some of the other guys.  You have to look past the overall numbers and see what he did.  He played great defense while putting up solid offensive numbers.  He had a great eye at the plate.  From 1964 to 1970 he was one of the best players in the game.  I can understand if you disagree, but I think Santo belongs in the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-reference.com


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell

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Naturally, I am following up Lou Whitaker with Alan Trammell, his partner in crime.  As I mentioned in Sweet Lou’s entry, they formed one of the best double-play combos in baseball history.  You can’t heave Cookies without the Cream or Peanut Butter without the Jelly so this great pair needs to go to Cooperstown together.

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The Numbers
.285 Batting Average
1231 Runs (147th All-time)
2365 Hits (113th All-time – Sweet Lou is 112th)
412 Doubles (132nd All-time)
55 Triples 
185 Home Runs
1003 RBI
236 Stolen Bases
2293 Games (99th All-time)
8288 At Bats (102th All-time)

1984 ALCS & World Series – 31 At Bats, 13 Hits, .419 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 Runs, 5 Walks

The Awards
1984 World Series MVP
6 All-Star Games
4 Gold Gloves
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 7 seasons (Runner up in 1987)

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Five times
On-base % – Four times
OPS – Once
Runs – Three Times
Hits - Once
Doubles - Twice
Triples - Once
RBI – Twice
Total Bases – Once

Just like Sweet Lou, Alan Trammell was a force with the bat and the glove.  He had his finest moment in the 1984 World Series, hitting .450 with 2 HR, 5 runs, and 6 RBI en route to the series MVP.  He was named the ninth best SS of all-time in “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract“.  Some think he should have had an MVP on his resume when he finished the 1987 season hitting .416 with 6 HRs and 17 RBI in September to help Detroit win the AL East.  Not only did Trammell’s team make the playoffs, whereas George Bell’s didn’t, he hit .343 with 28 HR & 105 RBI with 21 SB.  George Bell did have a solid season batting .308 with 47 HR and 134 RBI.  Trammell wasn’t the big name player like Ozzie Smith or Cal Ripken, Jr., but he held his own against these two HOF shortstops.  I think he should join them in Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Wikipeida
The Baseball Page
Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker

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