Cooperstown Chronicles – Jimmy Ryan

Feb 28, 2008

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Jimmy Ryan is another one suggested by Favre is overrated 2007, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

The Numbers
2012 Games 
8164 At Bats
.306 Batting Average
1642 Runs (32nd all-time)
2502 Hits (85th all-time)
451 Doubles (79th all-time)
157 Triples (45th all-time)
118 Home Runs
1093 RBI 
3621 Total Bases 
726 Extra Base Hits
418 Stolen Bases (60th all-time)

24 Games
.857 Win %
3 Complete Games
2 Saves
43 Strikeouts
3.62 ERA
1.513 WHIP

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three times
On-Base % – Four times
Slugging % – Six Times (Led league in 1888)
OPS -  Seven times
Games – Three times
At Bats – Three times 
Runs – Five times
Hits – Three times (Led league in 1888)
Doubles - Seven times (Led league in 1888)
Triple – Four times
Home Runs – Seven times (Led league in 1888)
Total Bases – Three times (Led league in 1888 & 1889)
Exta-base Hits – Five times (Led league in 1889)
Walks – Twice
Stolen Bases – Three times
Hit by Pitch – Four times

I have to admit that all I know about Jimmy Ryan was learned once I began to investigate this case.  What I do know is Jimmy had eight seasons of 100+ runs, nine seasons of 10+ triples, several seasons of .300 or better hitting, solid overall rankings, and even some decent pitching.  Ryan’s three best run totals are 122, 132, and 140.  Those are impressive numbers.  When he retired he ranked third in games, and at-bats, fourth in doubles and home runs (118), and fifth in runs and hits.  He still leads the National League with 377 career outfield assists.  When I judge whether someone is Hall of Fame worthy, a look at how they were in their generation is very important.  This look at Pony has me convinced.  He should be a Hall of Famer.

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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
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    February 28th, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Great research, I never knew anything about him, But his numbers say he should be in.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 28th, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Yeah, me either. I agree he’s worthy.

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