Season 31 Hall of Fame Voter’s Guide

3 05 2014

This Hall of Fame voter’s guide is meant to help sort and compare the most worthy Hall of Fame candidates and then to offer recommendations, acknowledging that everyone prioritizes different factors and none of the advanced metrics nor fielding stats are listed here, feel free to disagree, this is meant to help sort and compare players more easily as well as inform newer owners.

Top Tier Hitting Candidates:

C Harry Calles – 2201 hits, 573 HR, 10 time AS, 1 MVP
RF Miguel Matos – 2706 Hits, 565 HR, 9 AS
LF Mike Ponson – 3064 Hits, 564 HR, 6 AS
RF Harold Cannon – 2755 HR, 388HR, 596SB, 6 AS
RF Francisco Blanco – 2318 hits, 617 HR, 333 SB, 5AS

Second Tier Hitters (basically guys with lots of homers but not as many hits/awards as the top tier):

DH Gus Davenport – 2098 hits, 558 HR, 4 AS, 2MVP
LF Eric Marquis – 2386 hits, 648 HR, 4AS
1b Kelly Payne – 2304 hits, 591 HR, 5AS
Stewart, Wakefield and Witt also have over 500 homers.

Hitting Summary – Calles is really special when seen as a C, Ponson has 3000 hits and 500 HRs, Matos/Cannon/Blanco are all strong but in my opinion don’t quite compare to Calles and Ponson

Top Tier Starting Pitchers:

Cleatus Kohlmeier – 252 wins, 2881, Ks, 3.52 ERA, 10AS, 2 CY
Pep Lee – 234 wins, 2616 Ks, 3.53 ERA, 8AS, 1 CY
Dave Newhan – 216 wins, 2218 Ks, 3.55 ERA, 8AS
Quentin Rivera – 402 wins, 1843 Ks, 3.57 ERA, 8AS, 5 CY
Ivan Torcato – 252 wins, 2350 Ks, 3.55 ERA, 12 AS, 1 CY
Donn Warden – 243 wins, 2775 Ks, 3.19 ERA, 8AS, 2 CY
Gandarilla, Pascual, and Sierra all fall short in one or more areas as compared to the above

Top Tier Closers:

Sammy Bennett – 519 saves, 2.94 ERA, 8AS
Morrie Keller – 460 saves, 2.82 ERA, 7AS, 1 CY
Brad Leach – 553 saves, 3.01 ERA, 6AS, 1CY
Alex Villano – 529 saves, 2.90 ERA, 8AS
Cogan has a lot of saves but not near the awards of the above guys

Pitching Summary – Kohlmeier has the best combination of stats and awards, he’s very similar to Torcato but has 500 more Ks. Rivera is indeed glitchy in getting over 400 wins as a tandem type pitcher, but this is what-if sports, and the wins are complimented by 8 AS and 5CY. To me the 4 top relievers are all just too similar to really recommend one over the others – Keller is strong but is 4th out of the 4 in save total which holds him back to me even with a slightly better ERA than the others.

My official voting recommendations:

Hitters – Calles because he was special for a Catcher in stats and awards, Ponson because his stats/awards combo is the best of the rest to me

Pitchers – Kohlmeier and Torcato stand out and Rivera’s stat/awards combo is really amazing, even if glitchy.

I could see replacing Torcato with the RP of your choosing but I just don’t think any of the RPs will get enough votes to get in.

Bottom Line – I think Kohlmeier and Rivera really have to get in, Calles should get in – would be disappointing if Ponson doesn’t but he hasn’t mustered the votes the past few seasons.