HOF Case Number Two

Here is my second HOF case study. This one is for a second baseman who did not even get five percent of the vote his first time on the ballot. There are eight first baseman who played after WW2 that made the HOF. They are: Jackie Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Nellie Fox, Bill Mazeroski, Joe Morgan, Rod Carew, Ryne Sandberg and Roberto Alomar.

Let us take a look at the numbers.

The career lengths for our mystery star is 14.75 full seasons. The member’s careers last from Jackie Robinson’s 8.53 years (short for obvious reasons) or Maz and Ryno’s 13.35 years to Joe Morgan’s 16.35 years.

Our mystery star compiled a .276 BA. The HOF range is from .260 (Maz) to .328 (Rod Carew).  The median BA is .288.

Our mystery star compiled a .363 OBP. The HOF range is from .299 (Maz) to .409 (Jackie Robinson).  The median OBP is .360.

Our mystery star compiled a .426 SLUG. The HOF range is from .363 (Nellie Fox) to .474 (Jackie Robinson).  The median SLUG is .428.

Our mystery star reached base an average of 242 times per season. The HOF range is from 185 (Maz) to 273 (Jackie Robinson).  The median TOB is 250.

Our mystery star compiled a 31 power number. The HOF range is from 14 (Fox) to 36 (Ryne Sandberg).  The median power number is 25.

Our mystery star stole five net bases. The HOF range is from 0 (Maz and Fox) to 32 (Joe Morgan).  The median net steals is 14.

Our mystery star compiled a .984 fielding percentage. The HOF range is from .973 (Rod Carew) to .989 (Ryne Sandberg).  The median fielding percentage is .983

Our mystery star compiled a 4.95 range factor per game. The HOF range is from 4.73 (Roberto Alomar) to 5.57 (Maz).  The median OBP is 5.17.

Two things we can learn from this case study. The first is that Jackie Robinson was an amazing player at second base, even taking out his historical significance. The second is that our mystery star meets or exceeds the median number on half of the numbers, and does not embarrass himself on any of the numbers. If that sounds like a HOFer to you, here he is.

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2 Responses to “HOF Case Number Two”

  1. Dhoff Says:

    You make a good case. I’ve been offended on Lou’s behalf for a long time. Thanks for writing this.

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