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  • Sockeye
    started a poll David Wright

    David Wright

    66
    Yes, he'll deserve to be in the HOF
    57.58%
    38
    No, his numbers will not merit HOF induction
    42.42%
    28
    It has been about 3 years since the last series of potential HOFer polls I ran. Thought I would do another series of polls. Below is a list of the players stats to date. Unlike the last series of polls I'm not going to list any career projections.

    David Wright at age 26

    753 games
    2837 at-bats
    495 runs
    879 hits
    195 doubles
    13 triples
    133 home runs
    519 RBI
    104 stolen bases
    372 BB
    .310 AVG
    .391 OBP
    .528 SLG
    138 OPS+
    1499 total bases
    3268 PA's
    600 runs created
    7.7 RC/G
    .689 OWP
    173.0 batting runs
    16.2 batting wins
    0 black ink
    70 gray ink
    56 HOF monitor
    30 HOF standards
    .319 EQA
    32.0 WARP1
    35.3 WARP3
    322 BRAR
    231 BRAA
    95 FRAR
    -15 FRAA
    132 win shares

  • bluesky5
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    Originally posted by sturg1dj View Post

    Which is a reason I think that when it comes to award wins/shares they should only help and never hurt when talking about HOF. It should be extra, but not a good comparison stat.
    Not sure what you’re saying here.

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  • sturg1dj
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    Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

    Williams and the writers famously didn't get along.
    Which is a reason I think that when it comes to award wins/shares they should only help and never hurt when talking about HOF. It should be extra, but not a good comparison stat.

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  • sturg1dj
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    Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
    It's bad enough that David Wright's career was cut short when he appeared to many ot be on a HOF track before his back injury, but now his HOF thread is taken up with conversation for pages and pages about players other than David Wright. sigh
    That's how all of these threads seem to go.

    But going back to Wright, even with injuries I would vote him in. But if it were up to me I would have a very inclusive hall of fame.

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  • SavoyBG
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    Originally posted by Cougar View Post

    The Red Sox also went 69-85 in 1954. Couldn't have helped.

    (Even with that lousy record they were still 4th out of 8 teams, for what it's worth.)
    Ted might have played another 5 years if there had been a DH then.

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  • Cougar
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    Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

    Williams and the writers famously didn't get along.
    The Red Sox also went 69-85 in 1954. Couldn't have helped.

    (Even with that lousy record they were still 4th out of 8 teams, for what it's worth.)

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  • bluesky5
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    Originally posted by JR Hart View Post


    I'm glad that you found someone else. Brett's season was historic and caused a sensation. In 1954 Williams wasn't even close in the voting (7th, with ZERO first place votes).

    You are pretty much in the minority about Berra. He was been 2nd in our catcher's poll for 9 straight years now.
    Williams and the writers famously didn't get along.

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  • GiambiJuice
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    Wow, I never realized that Ted hit .345/.513/.635 in 1954. It's not even one of his famous seasons. What an absolute beast of a hitter.

    His WAR per 162 that year was 10.8.

    And no, I'm not saying he should have won MVP.

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  • JR Hart
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    Originally posted by willshad View Post

    So did Brett in 1980.

    I'm glad that you found someone else. Brett's season was historic and caused a sensation. In 1954 Williams wasn't even close in the voting (7th, with ZERO first place votes).

    You are pretty much in the minority about Berra. He was been 2nd in our catcher's poll for 9 straight years now.

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  • GiambiJuice
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    Originally posted by willshad View Post

    So did Brett in 1980.
    In a 162 game season to boot.

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  • PVNICK
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    It's bad enough that David Wright's career was cut short when he appeared to many ot be on a HOF track before his back injury, but now his HOF thread is taken up with conversation for pages and pages about players other than David Wright. sigh

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  • willshad
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    Originally posted by JR Hart View Post

    You didn't answer the question but it looks like Wiliams is your 1954 MVP. Ted played in just 117 games that year.
    So did Brett in 1980.

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  • JR Hart
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    Originally posted by willshad View Post

    Not all MVP awards are created equal. Of course there are the 'OMG this guy was by far the best player in the league and had an all time great season' types, and the ' well no one really did that great and we have to give it to somebody' types. Just winning 3 MVPs is not necessarily better than not winning any MVPs.

    Berra would have had the same exact career if Ted Williams was voted MVP in 1951, 1954 and 1955.

    People seem to have no problem dismissing Juan Gonzalez and his two MVP awards.
    You didn't answer the question but it looks like Wiliams is your 1954 MVP. Ted played in just 117 games that year.

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  • bluesky5
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    Originally posted by Cougar View Post

    Going strictly by WAR, Minnie Minoso (8.2).

    I don't necessarily buy that myself, but the WAR absolutists would say that.

    Berra was the catcher, leader, and probably best player, with apologies to the Mick, on a 100+ win team. A very defensible choice.

    That said, the best team that year was the 111 win Cleveland squad. However, the voters split on which player on the Indians deserved the MVP, between Larry Doby, Bobby Avila, and Bob Lemon. Early Wynn, Al Rosen, Mike Garcia, and even Jim Hegan also got some support.

    The split vote among the Indians gave Yogi his 2nd MVP.
    I can't believe Feller didn't get a courtesy vote. If Larry Doby would have hit .300 he probably would have won the MVP. Berra put up similar numbers from the catcher position though and hit the .300+ average. Someone from Cleveland certainly should have won it but the voters can't be allowed to collude. This stuff happens.

    Originally posted by Cougar View Post
    Did someone just compare Yogi Berra to Juan Gonzalez?

    Take shelter before the lightning strikes!
    Lol

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  • Cougar
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    Did someone just compare Yogi Berra to Juan Gonzalez?

    Take shelter before the lightning strikes!

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