Cooperstown Chronicles – Bobby Grich

Jun 29, 2008

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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


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* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    June 29th, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    Nice work, Ryan

  2. LestersLegends
    June 29th, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks Mo.

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  6. Anonymous
    August 17th, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Grich should be in the HOF, no offense Lester. I subtly disagree in that respect..

  7. LestersLegends
    August 18th, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    No offense taken. Just my opinion.

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