Rowland’s HOF ballot: Part I, the Jon Shibleys
As in, “the biggest no-brainers in the history of Earth.”
1. Tim Raines. All the things the stat geeks say about the Hall voters regarding PED’s is true when it comes to Raines’ candidacy. The difference is that morality has nothing to with steroids — its performance enhancement. Cocaine didn’t make Raines a better player.
There’s no other reason to exclude Raines, who’s overshadowed by Rickey Henderson though the disparity between the two isn’t that great.
Raines: .294 BA, .385 OBP, .425 slugging, 123 OPS+ 808 SB, 146 CS, 2605 hits
Rickey: .279, .401 OBP, .419 slugging, 127 OPS+, 1406 SB, 335 CS, 3055 hits
Rickey is the best lead-off hitter ever, but Raines was a slightly better hitter with a tad more pop. Just being the conversation with Rickey merits induction.
2. Craig Biggio. The 3060 hits should be enough. The stellar defense, .363 OBP and 414 SB make him a no-brainer. His case requires as little defense as I’m giving it.
Next, the should-be’s.