Monday, May 09, 2011
#357 Chipper HOF, Continued
I think the table at this link pretty much puts the case of whether Chipper is a hall-of-famer or not to rest. The person who put the table together ranked them by “WAR” which is a statistic I don’t understand. But more importantly, notice that Chipper is the only .300/.400/.500 guy on the entire list. Even Teixeira, who doesn’t make the list, isn’t a 3/4/5 guy and he can’t steal a base to save his life. When you are sandwiched in between Pete Rose and Mickey Mantle on any list, and remarkably comparable to both of them, you have a pretty good chance of getting in. And since what voters really like are milestones, his 2,500+ hits and 1,500+ RBI will help just as much. This also means that if they don’t put him in, they will have drastically raised the bar on who does and doesn’t get in. And to my mind, that'd be a good thing for baseball anyway.