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First Time On HOF Ballot

Roberto Alomar: First Time Hall of Famer?

With the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees being announced next month this would be a good time to look at the players on the ballot for the first time and how their statistics match up with other first time players:

Hitters

Hits

Roberto Alomar 2724

Barry Larkin 2340

 

Home Runs

Fred McGriff 493

Andres Galarraga 399

 

Runs Batted In

Fred McGriff 1550

Andres Galarraga 1425

 

Stolen Bases

Roberto Alomar 474

Barry Larkin 379

 

Batting Average

Edgar Martinez .312 (Leads all players on the ballot)

Roberto Alomar .300 (Don Mattingly at .307 is only other .300 hitter on ballot)

 

On Base Percentage

Edgar Martinez .414 (Only player on ballot with OBP over .400)

Fred McGriff .377

 

Slugging Percentage

Edgar Martinez .515

Ellis Burks .510

 

On Base Plus Slugging

Edgar Martinez .933

Fred McGriff .886

 

Pitchers

Kevin Appier 169

Pat Hengen 131

 

ERA

Mike Jackson 3.42

Kevin Appier 3.74

 

Strikeouts

Kevin Appier 1994

Shane Reynolds 1403

Summary: It is safe to say that no pitcher on the ballot for the first time will be be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year with Kevin Appier leading first time pitchers in wins with 169.

Roberto Alomar has the best chance among first time players to be voted in on his first try with Barry Larkin likely to garner enough votes to finish second among first time players. Alomar and Larkin each have been voted to 12 All Star teams.

Larkin was voted the 1995 NL MVP despite hitting 15 homers and driving in 66 runs while stealing 51 bases. Ironically the next season he hit 33 homers and drove in 89 runs and finished 12th in NL MVP voting.

Edgar Martinez posted some great lifetime numbers but falling 753 hits short of 3000 hurts his chances plus the fact that he was almost exclusively a DH for the last ten years of his career won’t make it easy for him to be voted in.

Fred McGriff and Andres Galarraga posted good power numbers but they are both over 500 hits shy of 3000 hits.

Mark McGwire leads all sluggers on the ballot with a .588 mark but first timers Martinez, Ellis Burks and McGriff are the only other players on the ballot with a slugging percentage over .500.

We will know in about a month who will be inducted next July at Cooperstown but until the voting is announced here are the statistics for all the players on the ballot:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof_2010.shtml#BBWAA

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2 thoughts on “First Time On HOF Ballot

  1. I can’t see a player on the list that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. But, then neither does Bill Mazeroski belong in the Hall of Fame.

  2. If Martinez hadn’t been a DH most of his career I would have voted for him if I had a vote.

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