Cooperstown Chronicles – Mark Grace

Mar 16, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

Mark Grace was suggested by bsoxfan15, 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.

Image courtesy of Icon SMIThe Numbers
2245 Games 
8065 At Bats
.303 Batting Average
1179 Runs
2445 Hits (100th All-time)
511 Doubles (38th All-time)
45 Triples 
173 Home Runs
1146 RBI 
3565 Total Bases 
1075 Walks (77th All-time)

Playoffs:  25 games, 27 hits in 82 at bats (.329), 5 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HRs, 13 RBI 

3 All Star Games
4 Gold Gloves
MVP votes in four seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - Eight Times
On-base % – Seven Times
Slugging % – Once
OPS – Twice
Games – Five Times
At Bats – Three Times (Led league in 1991)
Runs – Once
Hits - Six Times
Doubles – Seven Times (Led league in 1995)
Total Bases – Once
Walks – Four Times
Extra-base Hits – Once
Intentional Walks – Twice

He’s got a cool nickname as well (Amazing Grace).  He was a great hitter and fielder for a long time, but he comes up short for me.  He never had a 200 hit season.  He only scored 100 runs once.  He wasn’t giving you power from first base, but he did smash a lot of doubles.  He never drove in 100 runs.  I’d put him in the Sweet Swing Hall of Fame, but I’m going to have to draw the line there.  Sorry Cubs fans. 

The Spike prompted me to revisit Mark Grace when he pointed out that he had the most hits in the 90′s.  Couple that with 2400 Hits, a .300 average, 500+ Doubles, and brilliant defense, and I have to change my mind.  I would allow Amazing Grace into the HOF.


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
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
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn

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16 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 16th, 2008 at 7:54 am #

    If anyone ever heard his comments on The Jim Rome Show, about slumpbusters..he should get a special exhibit in the HOF along with Abbott and Costello.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 16th, 2008 at 8:04 am #


  3. Chuck
    March 17th, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    Maybe. I’m just not sure.

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 17th, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    I hear ya Chuck.

  5. Den Kosten
    April 28th, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh! Perfect job!
    Very good and helpful post.
    Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now

  6. Ryan Lester
    April 28th, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    Den – Excellent. I appreciate the kind words and teh add.

  7. Anonymous
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    I dont think HOF he hit for average yeah but i feel he was not dominant in his time and he did two things well hit-avg and field HOF should do more than that well

  8. LestersLegends
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Anonymous – I’m on the fence here. First I said no. Then I realized he had the most hits in the 90′s without a hint of steroids, not to mention a sweet glove. Maybe I’m overcompensating for him playing the game the right way. I can understand both sides of this argument.

  9. Sara
    July 24th, 2008 at 6:39 am #

    Grace also had the most doubles in the 90′s (364) and the most sacrifice flies (73).

    He may not have been a power hitter, but he was consistent, had great fielding (only 110 career errors) and I think deserves HOF consideration. Good look at both sides :)

  10. LestersLegends
    July 24th, 2008 at 7:02 am #

    Sara – Thanks for the added ammo.

  11. PConrad
    September 25th, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    LesterLegends, I think you had a great analysis of Mark Grace. He wasn’t flashy and at first glance his stats don’t pop of the the page, but he was consistently above excellent. Not only that, but Mark Grace was a fun and old fashioned player with grittiness who played for the purity and the love of the game-which is hardly something we see anymore. I am true fan of Mark Grace because he played the game exactly as it was meant to be played, and that’s why I think he deserves the HOF.

  12. LestersLegends
    September 25th, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    I had to change my opinion on him. Originally I didn’t think so, but after digging deeper, he’s worthy.

  13. erik
    August 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    he played for the Arizona Steroidbacks, which included such juicers as Matt williams, jay bell, luis gonzalez, steve finley and reggie sanders. that whole team was juiced up. grace might not have been but still not HOF. you know who else played on those Arizona Steroidback teams? randy johnson and curt schilling

  14. LestersLegends
    August 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    What’s your favorite team? The Tigers? Pudge and Juan Gone were there juicing. I’m sure they didn’t spread the love. All the teams juiced face it. I don’t think Grace did based on some interviews I had. He wouldn’t want it to affect his sex life. I think RJ used, but for some reason I think Schilling was on the up and up. I could be nuts, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt in this witch hunt.

  15. erik
    August 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    i understand what you are sayin. but for the record i hated juan gone. pudge only had two good years for us. when he got off the juice he sucked.

  16. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    i hated juan gone too. It was a league-wide problem and I think every team was affected.

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