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  • Mike Greenwell

    In his 12 year career, Mike Greenwell hit .303 with 1,400 hits, 130 home runs, 275 doubles, 726 RBI and a 121 OPS+. The two-time All-Star hit at least .300 fives times*, had at least 90 RBI twice and slugged over 20 home runs once. He won a Silver Slugger in 1988 (and finished second in MVP voting that year) and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year balloting in 1987.

    *in seasons with at least 100 games played

    He hit .311 with a 132 OPS+ through his first seven seasons, and from 1987 to 1991 he averaged 16 home runs, 92 RBI, 170 hits, 32 doubles 57 walks and only 40 strikeouts a year. he had one last hurrah in 1993, when he hit .315 with 38 doubles and 170 hits in 146 games.

    The outfielder, who received scant Hall of Fame support in 2002 (0.4% of the vote), led the league in intentional walks in 1988, defensive games played in left field twice and left field assists three times. He placed in the top ten in batting average, doubles and intentional walks three times each.

    Statistically, he is similar to John Stone, Dmitri Young, Irish Meusel, Rusty Greer, Bibb Falk, Carl Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, Sean Casey, Wally Moon and Diego Segui. Through age 25, he was most similar to Hall of Famer Chick Hafey. The Fan EloRater has him at #438, ahead of Sid Gordon, Mike Tiernan and Brian Roberts, but behind Roy Thomas, Mo Vaughn and Hal Trosky.

    What do you think about Mike Greenwell? Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?
    Not a Hall of Famer, but he had Hall of Fame potential

  • #2
    Like John Stone, hmmmm like I said back when....anyways Gator had a good line drive bat, okayish glove, coulda been a Hof if he'd done it as long as Oliver I suppose. Al's not in, mind-but he is viable.


    • #3
      Sez youse. Kevin Reimer had the worst Of glove I ever saw outside of Stephen Hawking.


      • #4
        Adam Dunn was no Tris Speaker out there, either. I've also seen Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman, and most recently, Lucas Duda dodge fly balls in the outfield. When Claudell Washington played left field for the White Sox, people brought signs to Comiskey Park reading "Washington Slept Here".

        I don't specifically remember Greenwell being a bad outfielder, I just generally remember thinking after almost fifty years of Ted Williams, Yaz, and Jim Rice in left field in Boston, Mike Greenwell was kind of a letdown.
        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.


        • #5
          Greenwell's defense was not so bad to where he couldn't play the field, even if he was below average. Greenwell did, however, accumulate injuries in his 30s, and was not durable.
          "I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."

          NL President Ford Frick, 1947


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