Leon Wagner played 12 years in the big leagues, hitting .272 with 211 home runs and 669 RBI. The three-time All-Star hit over 20 home runs six times and over 30 home runs twice - and also had two 100 RBI seasons - en route to four years in which he garnered MVP votes. He finished as high as fourth in the balloting.
From 1961 to 1967, he averaged 27 home runs, 82 RBI and 79 runs scored each season. He even showed a little speed in his prime, averaging seven steals a season during that seven year stretch. The 1962 All-Star MVP led the league in games played in 1963, stolen base percentage in 1964 and power-speed number in 1964.
Statistically, he is similar to Oscar Gamble, Larry Hisle, Wally Post, Cliff Johnson, Carl Everett, Phil Nevin, Jacque Jones, Gus Zernial, Pete Incaviglia and Joe Pepitone. He is ranked #934 on the Fan EloRater, ahead of Jim Davenport, Bud Harrelson and Whitey Lockman, but behind Michael Cuddyer, Johnny Bates and Chris Sabo.
What do you think about Leon Wagner? Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?