HOF Case Study Number Three

Here is my third HOF case study. This one is for a third baseman who is not gaining any traction on the ballot. There are seven third baseman who played after WW2 that made the HOF. They are: George Kell, Eddie Mathews, Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt, Paul Molitor and Wade Boggs.

Let us take a look at the numbers.

The career length for our mystery star is 12.69 full seasons. The member’s careers last from George Kell’s  11.08 years to Brooks Robinson’s 17.88 years. The median career is 14.84 years.

Our mystery star compiled a .312 BA. The HOF range is from .267 (Brooks Robinson) to .328 (Wade Boggs).  The median BA is .277.

Our mystery star compiled a .418 OBP. The HOF range is from .322 (Brooks Robinson) to .415 (Wade Boggs).  The median OBP is .369.

Our mystery star compiled a .515 SLUG. The HOF range is from .401 (Brooks Robinson) to .527 (Mike Schmidt).  The median SLUG is .448.

Our mystery star reached base an average of 285 times per season. The HOF range is from 210 (Brooks Robinson) to 296 (Wade Boggs).  The median TOB is 257.

Our mystery star compiled a 44.5 power number. The HOF range is from 24.5 (George Kell) to 50.5 (Mike Schmidt).  The median power number is 32.5.

Our mystery star stole two net bases. The HOF range is from 0 (Boggs and Santo) to 22 (Paul Molitor).  The median net steals is 2.

It is at this point that some of you are going, “Wow! This guy is certainly on par with the men in the Hall, what is the hold up?” The hold up is, in a word, defense.

Our mystery star compiled a .946 fielding percentage. The HOF range is from .950 (Paul Molitor) to .971 (Brooks Robinson).  The median fielding percentage is .956.

Our mystery star compiled a 2.41 range factor per game. The HOF range is from 2.62 (Wade Boggs) to 3.31 (Brooks Robinson).  The median range factor per game is 3.

So what we have here is a player who was a world class hitter with power who would set a new low for fielding.  If you don’t know who it is by now, here he is.

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