Cooperstown Chronicles – Steve Finley

Mar 23, 2008

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Steve Finley was suggested by 3rdStoneFromTheSun, 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
2583 Games (38th All-time)
9397 At Bats (41st All-time)
.271 Batting Average 
1443 Runs (73rd All-time)
2548 Hits (79th All-time)
449 Doubles (82nd All-time)
124 Triples (90th All-time)
304 Home Runs
1167 RBI
4157 Total Bases (63rd All-time)
320 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  51 games, 41 Hits in 165 At Bats (.248), 16 runs, 8 doubles, 1 HR, 22 RBI

2 All-Star Appearances
5 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Games - Five times (Led league in 1992 & 2004)
At Bats – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Twice
Triples – Nine times (Led league in 1993 & 2003)
Home Runs – Once
Total Bases – Once
Stolen Bases – Three times

Technically he isn’t retired.  He’d like to play again this year if anyone would give him a chance.  Even if he played this year and added to his impressive career numbers, my mind is already made up.  Steve Finley belongs in the Hall of Good.  He’s not even in the one step away, Hall of Very Good category.  He’s a decent player who’s had some impressive run totals (five 100+ run seasons), some decent pop (four 30+ home run seasons), some speed (six 10+ triple & three 30+ SB seasons), and a great glove (see five Gold Gloves).  However, he never hit .300, and he was never one of the very best in the game.  He only made two All-Star games and never finished higher than tenth in MVP voting.  So while he had a nice career, he’s got to buy a ticket to get into Cooperstown.


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
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 23rd, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    Can we start a Hall of Nice Players??
    He has better numbers than I would have thought, but I never thought of him as a player you just had to have on your team.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Larry – You hit the nail on the head with your assessment.

  3. Chris
    September 6th, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    Am I the only one who suspects that Finley may have juiced? Early in his career, he stole a lot of bases, but his last season with 20 stolen bases was 1996 (on the Padres), after which his home runs increased. IIRC, Ken Caminiti said that lots of the 1996 Padres were using steroids.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    nobody is above suspicion.

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