Re: Just in: NO HOF this year for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa
posted at 1/9/2013 8:21 PM EST
Craig Biggio has an OPS+ of just 112. Ranks him 592 in the history of baseball. Tim Raines had a 123. A small list of players better then 112....
His WAR[10th], wRC+[28th], wOBA[40th] are also quite low, even comparing him only to 2nd basemen. Not to mention he was a bad defender. I am not even sure he was a better 2nd basemen then Bobby Grich, who is not in the Hall of Fame.
Don't get me wrong, I like Biggio and would vote for him next year if I could. But he is not one of the 3 best 2nd baseman of all time and there is no huge injustice that Biggio did not make it YET.
As for 3000 hits, I personally find mile stone numbers like that a bad way to pick HOFers. Especially hit totals. Leading off gives a guy a huge advantage. Playing on a better team. Not walking. Staying healthy. Etc. Its a very misleading number.
He had a long career and deserves credit for that and will likely get in over the next few years. He was an excellent player. But he was not great.
3000 hits on your personal list might not mean much but let me list the players in order behind Biggio with 3060 on the 3k hit list, their total number of hits and then the amount of seasons they played.
Damn impressive group to be ahead of isn't it?
Besides the cheat Palmiero do you see another name not in the hof?
Raines got less votes then Biggio today for a good reason.
Rickey Henderson 3,055 21 Rod Carew 3,053 22 Lou Brock 3,023 23 Rafael Palmeiro 3,020 24 Cap Anson 3,011 25 Wade Boggs 3,010 26 Al Kaline 3,007 27 Roberto Clemente 3,000 28
I agreed with you earlier that Biggio is a legit HOF guy....but not IMO because he compiled a lot of hits....he did not have a HOF skill set at "getting hits", obviously, due to his career .281 batting average. To me it's that he did it fielding very well at 3 crucial defensive positions, knowing how to take a walk, agreeing to be hit by pitches, ran extremely well, played the game properly, etc.