Cooperstown Chronicles – Mo Vaughn

Mar 15, 2008

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Mo Vaughn 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.

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The Numbers
1512 Games 
5532 At Bats
.293 Batting Average
861 Runs
1620 Hits
270 Doubles 
10 Triples 
328 Home Runs
1064 RBI 
2894 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  7 games, 7 hits in 31 at bats (.226), 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 7 RBI 

1995 MVP
3 All Star Games
1 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in six seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three Times
On-base % – Four Times
Slugging % – Six Times
OPS – Six Times
Games – Twice
At Bats – Twice
Runs – Twice
Hits - Twice
Home Runs – Five Times
RBI – Twice (Led league in 1995)
Total Bases – Three Times
Walks – Twice
Extra-base Hits – Three Times
Hit by Pitch – Seven Times
Intentional Walks – Seven Times (Led league in 1994)

He’s another one with a great nickname (Hit Dog) and was one of my favorite players growing up.  He had some solid years, but he just flat out doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.  The numbers aren’t there.  I don’t even need to go his inclusion in the Mitchell Report because even with steroids his numbers aren’t there.


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

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 15th, 2008 at 5:32 pm #

    He just didn’t have enough good years.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 16th, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    Totally agree Larry.

  3. Chuck
    March 17th, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    Ummm, no.

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 17th, 2008 at 1:48 pm #


  5. erik
    August 5th, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    you could have saved time by not even profiling him. he ate his way out of baseball just like cecil fielder

  6. LestersLegends
    August 5th, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    yeah, i knew from the beginning he failed the name test, but he was requested so I did it.

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