Cooperstown Chronicles – Graig Nettles

Mar 27, 2008

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Graig Nettles was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2700 Games  (27th All-time)
8986 At Bats (64th All-time)
.248 Batting Average
1193 Runs
2225 Hits 
328 Doubles 
28 Triples
390 Home Runs (47 All-time)
1314 RBI (87th All-time)
3779 Total Bases (97th All-time)
1088 Walks

Playoffs:  53 games, 41 Hits in 182 At Bats (.225), 17 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR, 27 RBI

Awards
1981 ALCS MVP
6 All-Star Appearances
2 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Doubles – Once
Home Runs – Five times (Led league in 1976)
RBI – Three times
Walks – Three times
Hit by Pitch – Twice
Intentional Walks – Once
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Five times
At Bats – Twice

Graig had a good, long career.  He won two World Series titles.  He had some power, could drive in some runs, and was solid defensively.  However, he doesn’t have the wow factor.  He never scored 100 runs.  The most hits he ever produced in a season was 162.  He only drove in 100 runs once.  He only had two seasons of 30+ HRs.  The best he ever hit in a season was .276.  I’m sorry, but those just aren’t Hall of Fame numbers.  He recently found out he has prostate cancer, so my thoughts and prayers are with him.  Get better Puff.  That’s more important than the Hall of Fame anyway.  At least he’ll always have Game 3 of the 1978 World Series where he made some of the best defensive gems in Series history.

References
Baseball-reference.com

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14 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 27th, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    Oh Ryan you are reviewing another one of my alltime favorite players.
    He was a really. really good player. His overall play puts him on the brink of the HOF, but without the WOW years I just cannot quite justify him being in the HOF.
    He is a Yankee legend, and the yankees should add his name to the retired number list #9 joining Roger Maris. Yankee fans like me can live with that.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 27th, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Larry – Very fair solution.

  3. Terry Neofitos
    July 5th, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    I was discussing Nettles HOF potential with a friend of mine last week. One thing we agreed on was that he was the third best 3B of his era after Schmidt and Brett. That should count for something. The next best 3B from the mid 70′s to mid 80′s was Ron Cey. I think his career was similar to Nettles. How does he compare stats-wise?

  4. LestersLegends
    July 6th, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Nettles – see above
    Cey – .261, 1868 Hits, 316 HR, 1139 RBI, 6 AS, no GG’s. Neither belong. Nettles probably is a little more deserving.

  5. Dan
    July 20th, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    First Nettles has to be recognized and respected by the Yankees then maybe the Hall of Fame. The Yankees always pride themselves by being first in lots of things. They were the first to retire the same number at the same time (#8) so why not be the first to retire the same number at different times? Nettles is the only great Yankee never to have a day at Yankee Stadium and he definately deserves it.

  6. LestersLegends
    July 20th, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Dan – excellent points. yanks should do something.

  7. Larry Novak
    July 21st, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    As I said before, they should retire his # along with Roger maris. If not that there should be a plauque in Monument Park for him.

  8. LestersLegends
    July 21st, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    fair enough solution Larry.

  9. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    [...] McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* 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 [...]

  10. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    [...] McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* 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 [...]

  11. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    [...] McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* 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 [...]

  12. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | 1800blogger
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    [...] McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* 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 [...]

  13. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m not gonna say he belongs in the Hall, but I take exception to you rating him as just “solid defensively”. In my estimation, he was the best fielding 3rd basemen I’ve ever seen, and that includes Brooks Robinson and Clete Boyer. Nettles in his prime was ultra smooth on the routine plays, and consistently made spectacular plays. When starting double-plays, he could throw from any arm angle and make strong acurrate throws that helped complete the double play and kept his middle infielders out of harms way. He was spectacular on the big stage also, when he won a Yankees/Dodgers world series game with a few spectacular fielding plays.

  14. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Fair enough.

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