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Minnie Minoso

2015 Veterans' Committee HOF Ballot: Minnie Minoso

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced their 2015 Veterans' ballot. One player on the ballot is Minnie Minoso.

The first table below presents Minnie Minoso's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Minnie Minoso
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1949CLE23
9
0.60.70.430-0.1
-0.1
0.60.70.454-0.1-0.0
25
146
18.915.70.5461.1
2.4
20.616.00.5631.83.2
1952CHA26
147
20.418.10.5290.5
2.0
20.817.80.5380.82.4
1953CHA27
151
24.216.10.6013.2
4.9
22.217.70.5561.43.1
1954CHA28
152
27.617.90.6064.1
6.0
24.618.70.5682.24.0
1955CHA29
139
19.817.90.5250.4
2.0
19.716.90.5380.92.4
1956CHA30
151
23.418.90.5541.3
3.0
23.718.10.5671.83.5
1957CHA31
153
25.519.00.5731.9
3.7
22.619.20.5400.42.1
1958CLE32
149
22.819.80.5350.3
1.9
22.419.30.5370.42.0
1959CLE33
148
23.416.90.5802.6
4.2
21.217.80.5451.22.7
1960CHA34
154
21.918.90.5360.5
2.1
21.518.70.5350.42.0
1961CHA35
149
21.918.10.5481.4
3.2
19.717.90.5240.42.0
1962SLN36
39
2.62.90.475-0.3
-0.1
2.63.10.457-0.4-0.1
1963WS237
109
9.011.50.439-1.6
-0.8
9.311.00.460-1.2-0.3
1964CHA38
30
0.81.00.430-0.1
0.0
1.11.10.4870.00.1
1976CHA50
3
0.00.20.146-0.1
-0.1
0.10.20.273-0.1-0.0
1980CHA54
2
0.00.00.000-0.0
-0.0
0.00.10.000-0.0-0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,831
262.9213.90.55115.1
34.5
252.6214.30.54110.029.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
0
0.00.0 0.00.00.0 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,831
262.9213.90.551
34.5
252.6214.30.541 29.0


Minnie Minoso was one of the earliest players to integrate Major-League Baseball. The early phases of integration were fairly slow and limited in terms of opportunities, with many of the earliest integrators reaching the major leagues later than they likely would have in later generations.

This can be seen somewhat in the case of Minnie Minoso, who did not become a major-league regular until age 25. While it is not necessarily that unusual for a player to make his major-league debut at age 24 or 25, it is fairly unusual for a player as good as Minnie Minoso to do so.

I should note, at this point, that there is some uncertainty about Minnie Minoso's actual age. Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference both list Minoso's date of birth as November 29, 1925, so that he was 25 throughout his first full major-league season in 1951. Some earlier sources had listed Minoso as having been born in 1922, which would have made him 28 in his first full major-league season (and 91 today). I think the 1925 date is well-established by now as correct, but the argument that I'm about to make actually becomes even stronger if Minoso was, in fact, born in 1922.

As shown in the first table, Minnie Minoso was a major-league regular from age 25 through age 35. The next table shows the 10 players most similar to Minnie Minoso from age 25 through 35, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Minnie Minoso
1639
249.9197.417.3
35.5
13.80.90.04.6
Roberto Clemente
1571
238.0193.312.8
30.3
15.10.50.04.5
Bobby Abreu
1726
241.4203.912.0
29.2
15.50.90.03.4
Billy Williams
1761
256.1210.312.2
31.2
17.51.00.02.7
Dave Winfield
1638
236.1202.510.7
27.5
14.40.10.03.6
Craig Biggio
1620
224.0187.619.3
35.7
11.21.30.02.9
Al Kaline
1452
202.4158.713.5
28.2
14.71.00.04.5
Ken Boyer
1655
220.4189.511.9
28.2
9.50.60.04.8
Wade Boggs
1663
212.6180.615.9
30.8
13.90.20.04.8
Dwight Evans
1541
204.6168.513.8
28.2
14.90.70.03.8
Carlos Beltran
1496
206.5170.715.2
29.5
11.81.70.04.7


The ten players most similar to Minoso over this age range include five Hall-of-Famers and seven members of the Hall of Merit.

According to Minoso's biography at SABR's website, Minoso was a Cuban League All-Star in 1946 (at age 21) and "crushed Pacific Coast League pitching" in 1949 and 1950 (at ages 23 and 24), so it seems at least plausible to think that Minoso could have been a (very good) major-league starter two or three years earlier than he was. It is, perhaps, harder to make the case at the other end of his prime: Minoso was neither the first nor the last major-league player whose last good season came at age 35. Still, my sense is that major-league teams were, perhaps, reluctant to give as many chances to black players than to white players in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It is possible, then, that a white Minnie Minoso might have gotten more opportunties for a bounceback season or two in his late 30's. But that is certainly highly speculative.

Even so, Minoso's prime doesn't merely stack up with one or two lower-tier Hall-of-Famers. Minoso's prime is very much a Hall-of-Fame caliber prime, at least as measured by Player won-lost records - note, he beats all 10 of his most-similars in pWOPA and pWORL. Add in his continuing association with baseball, his place in history as a pioneer among Cubans specifically and Caribbeans in general in the major leagues: I think that makes Minoso a Hall-of-Famer.



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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