The RAB Radio Show: The RAB Radio Show for December 21, 2010

Might the Marlins make Anibal Sanchez available?
Food For Thought: First Baseman

It’s Hall of Fame time. The writers are submitting their ballots, and we’ll have a new group of inductees soon enough. We thought it appropriate, since Yankee news is lacking, to run down our thoughts on the 2011 ballot.

Mike and I are both small hall guys, but that doesn’t mean we’ll vote no on people just because. Well, I think I did in at least one instance. But you’ll be surprised at the number of yesses. The only disappointment is the inevitable entry of a universal No among us.

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Might the Marlins make Anibal Sanchez available?
Food For Thought: First Baseman
  • Matt Imbrogno

    I have a feeling that Kevin Brown could become this generation’s Bert Blyleven.

    • JGS

      He’ll have a much harder time I think. Brown has many more truly all-time greats as contemporaries than Blyleven did.

      • Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, I hear you.

  • T-Dubs

    Yay! My graphic!

  • vin

    Finally, some disagreements between Joe and Mike. It makes for more interesting radio, as long as its genuine.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      They’re totally frienemies.

  • Tom T

    Next name to consider: Jeff Francis! Better swing and miss rate than Josh Beckett

  • vin

    John Olerud for the Hall of Very Good?

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Jeff Bagwell please.

  • JGS

    Joe’s point about “how can you leave out a guy with a .400 OBP” was an interesting one, so I did a little digging on it. For most rate stat records, there is a 3000 PA minimum, but the list of 3000 PAs, .400+ OBP includes seven guys at the end with less than 30 career bWAR (including Nick Johnson), so I upped it to 6000 (which makes more sense anyway, as one of the HOF requirements is ten years played. 6000 PAs is a tad less than ten full seasons).

    All told, there are 34 players with 6000 PAs and a .400+ OBP. Nineteen are in the Hall of Fame–this includes the no-brainers like Ruth, Cobb, Ted Williams, Mantle, etc.

    Fourteen more are either still active or recently retired, and it’s an interesting list (sorted by career bWAR):

    Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones, Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Larry Walker, Edgar Martinez, Bobby Abreu, Todd Helton, Jason Giambi, Lance Berkman, Brian Giles.

    I think you can make a HOF case for most of those guys except the ones down at the end. It makes for interesting discussion anyway, but I’d say that if you put up 6000 PAs with a .400+ OBP, you are very likely to be a Hall of Famer

    The last name on the list is this guy. Can’t say I had ever heard of him.

    • Pat D

      Probably because Lu Blue was a non-power hitter during a era when power hitting, and hitting in general, exploded. That and I’m pretty sure none of the teams he played for contended.

  • mike

    why on earth is Carlos Baerga on the list?

    • Pat D

      Lenny Harris is the most inexplicable name on this ballot. Baerga at least had a few productive seasons.

  • AJ

    Larry Walker HAS to be in the hall of fame! avg: .313, obp: .400, slug: .565, ops: .965, 230 SBs, 7 gold gloves, 1 MVP. One of the best players of his era, for sure.

    • AJ

      And he was pretty awesome in Triple Play 98′ for PS one.