Today is a huge day in Hall of Fame history. We are minutes away from the announcement of the inductees for the 2013 class. There hasn’t been a year when a living player was not voted in, from what I’ve discovered. This may the first.
Quickly, a look at my ballot, if I counted!
Roger Clemens – Even before the issue of steroids Clemens had HoF stats. No question he belongs regardless of what he may or may not have been guilty of
Jack Morris – He’s marginal in my book. But for his era he was a dominant pitcher. I’d like to read other debates on him.
Craig Biggio – 3000 hits should be automatic. No debate
Fred McGriff – 493 HRs. If he had 7 more there’d likely be no debate. For some reason he’s had extremely low vote totals in the past. I’d like to read other debates on him.
Mike Piazza – Again dominant at his position for his era with Pudge Rodriguez. Roughly 450 HRs and a (roughly) 2500 hits & .315 BA. He belongs in the Hall.
Jeff Bagwell – Never mentioned in the steroid debate but has been indirectly lumped with those that were because of the stigma of the era. Great hitter and producer on many mediocre teams in Houston with the exception of a few years
Tonight I’ve found the best comparison of stats to Dale Murphy thus far. Johnny Bench and Jim Rice are comparable in some stats throughout their careers. I’m not looking to make a case for Dale Murphy, I’m only looking to show some stats on marginal HoF type players compared to, in this case 2 HoF members.
There are a lot of players with great stats that never made it or will have lost their chance to make it to the Hall soon. I’ve got a huge post to write soon regarding the class of 2013. But for now, former Brave, Phillie, and for one season Rockie Dale Murphy is in his last year of eligibility for the Hall unless voted in later by the Veterans Committee. His children are petitioning for a case to have Murphy voted in by the BBWAA in his last year. His stats are maybe marginal for the HoF. He was just shy of 400 HRs in 18 years. He retired at age 37 and surely would have hit 500 had he played just a few more years. He won back to back NL MVPs in 1982 & 1983. He consistently played 150 to 162 games per year until injuries late in his career. On a 162 game average per year he would have averaged 30 HRs per season though on a straight average it was 22 per season. I’m working on some comparisons for Murphy vs other HoF or marginal HoF players that I’ll post later. For now it’s good fodder for discussion. If nothing else I enjoy seeing Murphy’s children petitioning for his entry into the Hall. More to post later.