Earlier this week, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA)
released the 2014 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Here's what the 36 players on the ballot look like in terms of career Player won-lost records. In a separate article
, I looked at players already in the Hall of Fame and Hall of Merit
and how their careers look measured by Player won-lost records. In that article, I identified Willie Stargell
as perhaps the most typical Hall-of-Famer as measured by Player won-lost records and Joe Torre
as perhaps the most typical player in the Hall of Merit but not the Hall of Fame (although I suspect he'll be in the latter by this time next year). I have included Stargell and Torre in the table below to give some sense of how this year's candidates compare to existing Hall-of-Fame (and Hall of Merit) standards.
2013 Debuts versus 2014 Debuts
|2014 Hall of Fame Ballot
Player Won-Lost Records, sorted by pWORL
|Frank E. Thomas|
|Tim Raines Sr.|
|Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez|
|Paul Lo Duca|
The list of players making their first appearance on a Hall of Fame ballot this year is an impressive one. Players debuting this year won a total of 7 Cy Young Awards and 3 MVP awards. On the one hand, this year's debut class is one of the strongest classes ever to debut on a Hall-of-Fame ballot. On the other hand, this year's debut class is arguably the strongest class to debut since, well, last year.
The next table compares the players who debuted on last year's Hall-of-Fame ballot with the players who debut on this year's ballot, sorted by career pWins
over replacement level
The 2014 ballot is impressive. But it's no 2013.
Performance-Enhancing Drugs and the Hall of Fame
Unfortunately, lately, it has become impossible to talk about the Hall of Fame without bumping up against the subject of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). This is not a topic that I'm particularly keen on discussing here. My interest is in the data and, as far as the data are concerned, a home run is a home run and a Player win is a Player win, regardless of what a player did to hit that home run or earn that Player win. I gave my opinion on PEDs in baseball in my article last year about the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot
if anybody cares about my opinion.
The Individual Players on the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot
Over the next several weeks, I will write up an article about each of the 36 players on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot. For the most part, these will not be advocacy articles: plenty of other people will post plenty of those. But hopefully, they will be interesting articles that may reveal something new and/or interesting, or at least a little fun, about these players, using Player won-lost records. I hope you enjoy them.
Links to these articles are posted below.
2014 BBWAA Hall-of-Fame Ballot
All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.
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