Archive for August 2015

Season 36 Hall of Fame Voting

The Big Sky Alumni has one of the best records on Hall of Fame voting in HBD.  We have filled out Hall with many of the greats of our world, but the drawback is that makes our ballot seem weaker.  That is only because other worlds can’t get the votes that we do because there are many candidates worthy of your vote this season.  Here is my ballot for this season 36 and 2 other worthy candidates to consider

  1. SP Ben Sherman -Sherman should be a no brainer first ballot selection.  269 wins, 2 Cy Youngs, 8 all star games and a World Series ring with Tampa Bay is quite a resume and add a career 3.11 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with over 3000 strikeouts and he was clearly a dominant starter for years.  Sherman’s best season was season 23 where he went 22-1 with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
  2. 1B Ermie Price – Price’s numbers are not eye popping – .282/.339/.558/ 407 HR/ 1207 RBI.  But Price is not a HOF candidate because he racked up career numbers by playing a long time.  Price is a candidate because from his rookie season in season 11 until season 16, he was one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball.  He started out his career hitting 58, 54, and then 61 homeruns (I believe he holds the rookie record for homeruns and RBI,though that is unofficial).  He hit 304 homers in those 6 seasons while hitting .291 with 891 RBI.  The Hall of Game does indeed reward longevity, but it should also recognize the most dominant players from particular eras.  Price was that.  Beyond that, we might be able to make a case where every multi year winner of the Cy Young or MVP is a Hall of Famer.  It’s certainly debatable, but if you look at the list of multi time winners of those awards, you’ll see the company Price keeps.
  3. SP Dwayne Richard – Richard was one of the best flamethrowers ever, averaging over 8.5 strikeouts per 9 innings.  He won 217 games with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.   The 6 time all star and 2 time World Series winner won the Cy Young award in season 17 with a 22-3 record with a 2.23 ERA and a .99 WHIP.  He was absolutely dominant from season 16 to 18 and a part of one of the greatest 1 – 2 duos with Glenn Painter.  His win number is lower than many, but dominance from the mound merits Hall of Fame votes.
  4. RP Diego Ramirez – Ramirez began his career as a closer for Austin and won 2 Fireman awards with them, including season 18 with 46 saves and a 1.53 ERA and .79 WHIP .  He finished his career with over 400 saves and would have racked up enough saves to potentially be an all time leader, but he signed a free agent deal with Kansas City and accepted the less glamourous role of setup man.  It was in that role that Ramirez became the only setup man to win a Cy Young award.  In season 24, he went 18-2 and pitched 143 innings out of the pen with an incredible 1.07 ERA and a .98 WHIP.   He won nearly 100 games out of the setup role in Kansas City, winning more than 10 games in 6 different season for them.  He was also a dominant force in the postseason, saving 21 of 23 games, winning 4, and posting a ridiculous 1.98 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 72 2/3 seasons over  10 off seasons.  In Kansas City’s improbable season 26 World Series victory, Ramirez went 3-0 pitching in 12 of their 20 postseason games.  In total, he finished his career with 105 wins, 407 saves, 2.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1512 Ks (7.92 Ks per 9), 8 all star games, and 2 World Series rings.   While Ramirez is not a top all time saves leader, he is without a doubt one of the top bullpen arms to ever play in the BSA.
  5. Don Hunter – Hunter has no MVPs on his resume and I think that has held him back for a few seasons of voting.  But Hunter was one of the best pure hitters in the game for a long time.  He finished his career hitting .310/.388/.530 with 390 homers, 446 doubles, just under 2400 hits, and 1290 RBI.  He hit over .320 in 7 seasons, over .400 OBP in 7 seasons 9and another at .399), and combined for over 20 homers and 100 RBI 6 times.  He was a 7 time all star with 1 world series ring.  Hunter never had the flashy power numbers that win MVPs, but he was one of the best hitters in the league for over a decade and a vital part of many winning teams

Three other players that I think merit consideration.  Juan Tavarez is a Cy Young winner with 217 wins and was a consistent presence in the AL for a long time.  Mickey Mcguire doesn’t have the look of a Hall of Famer, but he has one eye popping stat: 1012 stolen bases.  He has nearly 200 stolen bases than the next closest player on the all time list, 350 more than the closest active player.  RJ Milton was one of the most dominant and effective relievers and a key part of the era of Ottawa’s dominance in the AL.   He saved 365 games in total with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP with 5 all star game appearances and 2 Fireman awards.

All Time Leaders

1. Luther Aldred 3031
2. Alfonzo Cruz 3004
3. Ugueth Moya 2830
4. Orlando Lee 2736
5. Alan Vickers 2643

Home Runs
1. Alfonzo Cruz 811
2. Dan Thompson 749
3. Ugueth Moya 686
4. Jerome Duran 633
5. Ivan Mantalban 602

1. Rusty Laker 1.021
2. Dan Thompson 1.020
3. Ugueth Moya .989
4. Matty Bennet .984
5. Emil Wilkinson .975

1. Fernando Neruda 352
2. Geronimo Flores 310
3. Esteban Cubillan 275
4. Frank Dehart 263
5. Shawn Radlosky 257

1. Fernando Neruda 5038
2. Geronimo Flores 3866
3. Frank Dehart 3356
4. Esteban Cubillan 2955
5. Shawn Radlosky 2871

1. Jesus Torrealba 694
2. Hal Wagner 636
3. Charles Hall 575
4. Cole Alexander 488
5. Augie Martin 478