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The Hall of Fame Index

The Hall of Fame Index

As we move into the outfield edition of our potential Veterans Committee candidates we move to a player that most people probably assumed was already in the Hall of Fame. Minnie Minoso certainly has credentials as a player and we will evaluate those credentials here, but his candidacy has so

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The Hall of Fame Index

When you think of third basemen and the Hall of Fame, the vast majority of those on the outside looking in come from the Expansion Era or the 1970s and 1980s more specifically. However, the Veterans Committee vote will consist of players that played between 1950 and 1969. We looked

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The Hall of Fame Index

The Hall of Fame Index was designed to compare players with other similar players so that we could determine whether any individual player belonged in the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, some players don’t fit the mold for one reason or another. Dick Allen is one of those players. He played

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The Hall of Fame Index

We are going through the candidates that could appear on the Veterans Committee ballot in 2020-2021. The rules are different. They have split the sport into eras. The era this year will be 1950 to 1969. Obviously, there will always be overlap, so we are picking players that played at

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The Hall of Fame Index

As we move past the all-time greats we move back to a place where we can look more critically at the Hall of Fame. The Veterans Committee broke up the game into time periods with each time period rotating over several years to get their turn at “righting a wrong”

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The Hall of Fame Index

There is no drama as to who is in the top spot for right fielders. In fact, there is little drama as to who is in the top spot for overall players. Bill James once said that any statistical system that didn’t have Ruth as the top player of all-time

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The Hall of Fame Index

There are a few spots where analysis and emotion collide. There is probably no place where this collision is more violent than in center field. There are those that will fiercely cling to the notion that Ty Cobb is not only the best center fielder of all time, but the

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The Hall of Fame Index

When we looked at shortstops we came up on the problem with what to do with Alex Rodrgiguez. The same problem comes up with Barry Bonds. Fortunately, the focus of the book The Hall of Fame Index Part II wasn’t who was the best or most valuable at each position.

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The Hall of Fame Index

Like with our third basemen, there really is no drama as who will get the top spot amongst shortstops in the history of the game. So, we altered the headline for the article because the comments usually joke about how obvious the choice is. The Hall of Fame Index was

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The Hall of Fame Index

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. One of the keys of The Hall of Fame Index is that we go where the data takes us. We can ask lofty questions like who is the most valuable third baseman of all-time and that’s what the headline says, but the

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