ESPN has to be doing an early April Fool’s joke because there is no way that this is real. Just because a player played for 10 seasons and hasn’t played in 5 (which is the actual criteria) doesn’t mean that they should be on this list. There should be some kind of integrity to a list that says “Notable Players Becoming Hall of Fame Eligible”. Come on ESPN, you are better than that. Remember, these guys are going to be put in the same class as Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
Let’s take a look at some of the “notable players” that are eligible according to ESPN.
- Pedro Astacio: For his career he is 129-124 with a 4.67 ERA. That’s absolutely awful. In 98’ he went 13-14 with a 6.23 ERA. Even Jimmy Haynes thinks that bad. Similar pitchers (according to baseball reference) are Esteban Loaiza and Jon Leiber. Yep, definitely Hall of Fame worthy.
- Jeromy Burnitz: He is most known for his very violent swing. He is so good that there isn’t a single Youtube video about him. In case you are wondering, even Casey Blake has a video on Youtube. He is a career .253 hitter but to his credit he did have 6 seasons of 30+ HR’s. However, he was only an All Star once and the best he finished was 19th in the MVP voting. This isn’t as bad as Pedro Astacio but still not even close to the level that you need to be at. Similar players are Ron Gant, Jay Buhner, and Reggie Sanders.
- Phil Nevin: If this list was for the All Injury Hall of Fame then he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer right next to Kevin Brown. Zero times in his career did he play all 162 games. Only three times did he play more than 143 games and only 7 times in his 12 seasons did he play 100 games. He is more known for being injured than actually playing. The only possible explanation for him to be on this list is that someone just started watching baseball during his 01’ season where he was an All Star (only time), played 149 games (career high), hit .306 with 41 HR’s with 126 RBI’s and then instantly went into a coma because he was hit by a car that was being driven by a drunk member of the Hall of Fame voting committee. When he woke up 10 years later he was offered a spot on the committee to “make things go away” and assumed that Phil Nevin kept things going. Similar players are Preston Wilson, Casey Blake (yes, a second Casey Blake reference), and Kevin Mitchell.
- Luis Gonzalez: Let’s start with the most obvious with Luis. What doesn’t seem to fit: 13, 10, 15, 8, 13, 15, 10, 23, 26, 31, 57, 28, 26, 17, 24, 15, 15, 8. Those are Gonzo’s career HR totals. Even Brady Anderson thinks his 57 HR, 142 RBI season in 01’ was a bit fishy. Gonzo was a 5 time All Star but you have to assume that he started juicing in 99’, which was his first year eclipsing more than 79 RBI’s in a season (he hit 111). He then had 5 straight seasons of 100+ RBI’s. After the heat about steroids got a little too hot he hit less than 70 RBI’s in 3 of his final 5 seasons. If he would have just taken a vile or two less of the juice and only hit something like 34 or 35 HR’s (which still would have made him an All Star and been consistent with his upward HR totals from the previous 4 season) then no one would have said anything because we all love to see dingers. Instead he had to go super crazy and ruin it for everyone else. Similar players are 4 Hall of Famers (Billy Williams, Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Al Kaline), Chili Davis, and Harold Baines. Why isn’t there any Chili Davis love for the Hall?
- Richie Sexson: the most common phrase heard with Richie Sexson is “Steeeerike Three”. Between 99’ and 06’ (not including 04’ when he only played 23 games) he struck out 100+ times each year and topped it off with 178 in 01’. He did have some pop as he hit 30+ HR’s 6 times and of those hit 45 twice. He did have 6 seasons of 100+ RBI’s but unfortunately was only a .261 hitter. Had he been able to hit for more average and played a bit longer things could have been different. Unfortunately he hit .233 in 04’, .205 in 07’, and .221 in 08’. Flirting with the Mendoza line isn’t something that most Hall of Famers are known for. Similar players are Tony Clark, Danny Tartabull, and Cecil Fielder.
- thedaycrawler posted this