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    "Gray Ink" is a toy statistic, the sum of points awarded to the top ten league leaders in about 12 batting categories and 12 pitching categories. It is popular, perhaps because baseball-reference puts it at the fingertips of everyone with an internet connection.

    These two lists give all of the highest-Gray Ink players not in the Hall of Fame down to the top twelve eligible batters and top twelve eligible pitchers. For example Paul Hines now ranks tie for 49th in career gray ink with 186 points. The 48 players ahead of Hines and permanently ineligible include
    - three who are eligible but not in the Hall of Fame: Magee, Stovey, and Minoso
    - three who are not yet eligible: Bonds, Thomas, and Rodriguez
    - one permanently ineligible: Pete Rose
    - by simple arithmetic, 41 Hall of Fame members

    Gray Ink leaders not in the Hall of Fame

    eligible ---------------- not eligible (with rank among recent and active batters)

    ----------------------- 1. Barry Bonds
    ----------------------- permanently ineligible Pete Rose
    33t 210 Sherry Magee
    33t 210 Harry Stovey
    48. 189 Minnie Minoso
    ----------------------- 2. Frank Thomas
    ----------------------- 3. Alex Rodriguez
    49t 186 Paul Hines ------ tie with permanently ineligible Joe Jackson
    ----------------------- 4. Rafael Palmeiro
    56. 178 Deacon White
    57. 176 Jim Rice
    61. 170 Bobby Veach
    65. 165 George J. Burns
    67. 164 Andre Dawson
    68t 162 Charley Jones ------ tie with 5t. Manny Ramirez and 5t. Ken Griffey
    71t 161 Bob Johnson
    74t 159 Dick Allen

    bold marks four players on the current "Progressive 1903" ballot, whose coordinator today called for us to speak in favor of Deacon White. Fifth place in gray ink is one thing.

    Five 19th century pitchers on the second list are not players of the same quality as the 19th century batters in the first list. All of them scored their gray ink before 1893 when the modern pitching distance was established. At that time, the team workload was divided among only two or three pitchers (one in some Mathews and Bond seasons). Top ten in a pitching statistic means only about top half of the league. Contemporary batters shared team workload almost as they do in the National League today.

    eligible ---------------- not eligible (with rank among recent and active pitchers)

    ----------------------- 1. Greg Maddux
    ----------------------- 2. Roger Clemens
    ----------------------- 3. Randy Johnson
    14. 274 Bobby Mathews
    24t 237 Bert Blyleven ------ tie with 4. Mike Mussina
    29. 220 Jim McCormick
    42t 198 Bobo Newsom
    ----------------------- 5. Pedro Martinez
    ----------------------- 6. Curt Schilling
    ----------------------- 7. Tom Glavine
    42t 198 Tony Mullane
    47t 193 Jack Morris ------ tie with 8. John Smoltz
    51. 187 Billy Pierce
    52. 184 Tommy Bond
    57. 180 Tommy Bridges
    58t 179 Urban Shocker
    61. 177 Paul Derringer
    62. 176 Gus Weyhing
    Last edited by Paul Wendt; 05-26-2008, 07:27 AM. Reason: typo braino; 1893

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    But where's the polllllllllllll?
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    • #3
      Of those guys, Dick Allen and MAYBE Jim Rice, I'm still on the fence with him (and always will be).
      Originally posted by Cougar
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