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  • Johnny Evers' most similar: Who deserves induction?

    According to the Baseball-Reference similarity scores, eight of the 10 players most statistically similar to Johnny Evers are not in the Hall of Fame. Those players are:

    Claude Ritchey
    Bill Hallman
    Terry Turner
    Joe Quinn
    Jose Offerman
    Hughie Critz
    Ivy Olson
    Mark McLemore

    Which, if any, should be in the Hall of Fame, or get in when they become eligible?

    Here are some notable achievements for each, black ink, grey ink and similar Hall of Famers, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:

    Ritchey:

    Black ink: 1
    Grey ink: 21
    Similar Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Evers

    Hallman:

    100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1891-1894)
    Black ink: 1
    Grey ink: 21
    Similar Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers

    Turner:

    Grey ink: 28
    Similar Hall of Famers: Ray Schalk, Leo Durocher

    Quinn:

    Black ink: 2
    Grey ink: 6
    Similar Hall of Famers: Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers

    Offerman:

    1990 The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year, Albuquerque Dukes, Pacific Coast League
    1990 MVP Pacific Coast League, Albuquerque Dukes
    2-time All-Star (1995 & 1999)
    2-time AL Triples Leader (1998 & 1999)
    100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1998 & 1999)
    Black ink: 2
    Grey ink: 18
    Similar Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto

    Critz:

    NL At Bats Leader (1932)
    100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1930)
    Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1933
    Black ink: 1
    Grey ink: 21
    Similar Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto

    Olson:

    2-time NL At Bats Leader (1919 & 1921)
    NL Hits Leader (1919)
    NL Singles Leader (1919)
    Black ink: 6
    Grey ink: 24

    McLemore:

    100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1999)
    Grey ink: 10
    Similar Hall of Famers: Johnny Evers, Phil Rizzuto
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    Claude Ritchey
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    Bill Hallman
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    0
    Terry Turner
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    0
    Joe Quinn
    0.00%
    0
    Jose Offerman
    0.00%
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    Hughie Critz
    0.00%
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    Ivy Olson
    0.00%
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    Mark McLemore
    0.00%
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    All of the above
    0.00%
    0
    None of the above
    100.00%
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  • #2
    The genuinely similar players here are Claude Ritchey and Miller Huggins: fellow secondbasemen who put up similar batting records at about the same time, mainly in the 19-aughts. Ritchey and Huggins were in the lineup more but Evers played longer, he was credited by contemporaries with unusually brainy play, and Bill James gives him A- in the field against B+ for Ritchey and B- for Huggins.

    Playing in the high-scoring 1890s rather than the low-scoring 1900s, Hallman and Quinn have career OPS+ in the 80s and 70s compared to Evers, Ritchey and Huggins in the 100s.

    Evers was the better choice for Cooperstown and not among the really bad choices.

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    I'm always curious to see a modern player show up as a "most similar" when the list is mainly from the distant past, or vice versa.
    Evers has Offerman and McLemore from the 1990s (what's up?), shortstop Rizzuto from the 1940s, Critz from the 1930s everyone else from the 1890s to 1910s.
    Although I'm always curious, I never take it further.

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