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.




3 thoughts on “Rowland’s HOF ballot: Part I, the Jon Shibleys

  1. I consider Al Oliver a HOFer, even if the writers don’t. .303 career average (I looked it up) with over 2700 career hits including more than 500 doubles. For 15 years he was one of the toughest outs in baseball. Why he is ignored is beyond me.

  2. He played for Pittsburgh and Texas, didn’t spend enough time offering up ‘good copy’ for the Northeastern hacks who dominate the voting.

  3. I thought he was a very good hitter and a terrible fielder. He was one dimensional. He was consistently very good at the plate. There were only a few years when he was great. I don’t think of him as HOF, but what the hell, Rizzuto is in there so why not?

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