The Hall of Fame Index: Who is the most qualified shortstop out of the Hall of Fame?
Sometimes the numbers are so overwhelmingly obvious that there is no sense in offering commentary to that end. Bill Dahlen is not only the most qualified shortstop not in the Hall of Fame. Is the most qualified player that is not connected to PEDs or gambling that is not in
The Hall of Fame Index: Who is the most qualified third baseman not in the Hall of Fame?
When we get to third base, we get to one of those positions where we find a player that can have his situation rectified fairly easily. Scott Rolen has been on the ballot for three seasons and had his percentage jump to 35.3 percent in year three. If it jumps
The Hall of Fame Index: Who is the most qualified second baseman not in the Hall of Fame?
The common refrain from the traditionalist and average fan is that they know a Hall of Famer when they see one. They don’t need fancy numbers to tell them who deserves to be in. The funny thing is that these folks often then quote numbers to argue their point. I’ve
The Hall of Fame Index: Who is the most qualified first baseman out of the Hall of Fame?
One of the challenges of Hall of Fame analysis is bridging the gap between what the public wants and what the numbers bear out. The Hall of Fame Indexwas designed to crystallize the debate. One of the problems we often find is that people end up trumpeting players that have
The Hall of Fame Index: Who is the most qualified catcher not enshrined?
The main idea behind The Hall of Fame Indexis that the question of whether any individual player is a Hall of Famer is the wrong question. The real question is which player is the most qualified player not in the Hall of Fame. This can only be broken down by
The Hall of Fame Index: Justin Verlander vs. Clayton Kershaw and Early Wynn
We finally get to the pitchers. This is the last of our series of articles where we compare current players with those they are similar to. In this edition we actually get a two for one. There are two active pitchers that are similar according to the Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Index: Nelson Cruz vs. Juan Gonzalez and Kirk Gibson
One of the dichotomies in baseball analysis is the difference between counting numbers and value numbers. Even when you consider rate statistics it becomes interesting to see what happens when we shift from conventional numbers into value numbers. That can clearly be seen when we look at the career of
The Hall of Fame Index: Andrew McCutchen vs. Bernie Williams and Kirby Puckett
n previous articles, I’ve described the Hall of Fame Indexas a more advanced version of similarity scores. It’s one thing to be similar in counting numbers, but when you are similar in terms of value you start to see similarities in the individual components that make up overall value. We
The Hall of Fame Index: Ryan Braun vs. George Foster and Heinie Manush
The Hall of Fame vote is a human endeavor. The LPGA Tour has taken that concept away from their sport by just having a certain number of tournament wins get you automatically in. As much as I would love to have a system like the Hall of Fame Indexor JAWS
The Hall of Fame Index: Omar Vizquel vs. Rabbit Maranville, Luis Aparicio, and Phil Rizzuto
Not every position has someone ready to knock on Cooperstown’s door. Only one significant shortstop has ten or more seasons in. Elvis Andrus has the service time, but his index score is not a significant threat. Andrelton Simmons probably comes closest on the index end, but he has only eight