Projecting the Biggest Hall of Fame Snubs from MLB's 2013 Class
Meet your 2013 Hall of Fame Class, folks: Hank O'Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White.
Those were the three men elected to be enshrined in Cooperstown by the Pre-Integration Committee back in December, according to the Hall of Fame's official website.
That's it for this year, as I don't believe that anyone on the ballot will receive enough support to win election this time around.
T.J. Quinn of ESPN has stopped voting altogether because he doesn't know how to judge those players known to have—or who are suspected of—using performance-enhancing drugs during their careers.
While Quinn was the first to come out and say "Hey, I give up. I'm not voting for anyone," he surely won't be the last.
And that's a shame, because there are plenty of players who are worthy of inclusion in baseball's most exclusive club who will fail to garner enough support simply because those who came after them cheated.
Others, who played alongside the cheaters and are eligible for induction for the first time, simply won't get the support not only because literally nobody gains entry on their first try, but because they are guilty by association.
Who's getting screwed royally in the process?
One of the premier leadoff hitters that the game has ever seen, the fact that Tim Raines is not yet enshrined in Cooperstown boggles my mind.
His 808 career swipes are the third-most in baseball history, and both men ahead of him on the list, Rickey Henderson and Lou Brock, are Hall of Famers.
Not only was he a premier leadoff hitter, but Raines was one of the best players in the 1980s, and as ESPN's David Schoenfield notes, his career numbers stand up to those of another Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn.
Craig Biggio reached one of the numbers that is supposed to guarantee automatic entry into Cooperstown's hallowed halls: 3,000 hits. Only Rafael Palmeiro has hit the mark and not gained entry, but unlike Palmeiro, there's no steroid cloud hanging over Biggio's career.
His career slash line (.281/.363/.433) is on par with those posted by Hall of Famers Robin Yount (.285/.342/.430), Paul Molitor (.306/.369/.448) and Cal Ripken, Jr (.276/.330/.447).
Biggio has more career home runs (291) and hits (3,060) than Joe Morgan, who hit 268 home runs and accumulated 2,517 hits over a 22-year career. Biggio played for 20 seasons.
Only five players in baseball history have hit at least 600 doubles and stolen at least 400 bases: Rickey Henderson, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Paul Molitor and Craig Biggio.
From 1980 through 1992, no pitcher in baseball won more games than Jack Morris, who picked up 216 victories over that 12-year time frame—an average of 17 a year for more than a decade.
The only real argument that can be used against Morris is his ERA—he finished his career with a 3.90 mark, a number that would be the highest of any pitcher who is enshrined.
But his 254 career victories would tie him with Red Faber for 30th among Hall of Famers, his 2,478 strikeouts 18th, eight behind Don Drysdale.
Mike Piazza's 396 career home runs as a catcher are the most of any backstop in the history of the game, and his 427 career home runs would rank 23rd among all Hall of Famers.
Piazza's .545 slugging percentage would be tied with Hack Wilson for the 14th-highest in Cooperstown, ahead of players like Frank Robinson (.537) and Willie McCovey (.515).
His .922 OPS would put him in a tie with Chuck Klein for the 22nd-highest in Cooperstown, a better mark than Duke Snider, Willie McCovey or Mike Schmidt finished their incredible careers with.
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