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BBF Progressive HoF Election: 2000

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  • #31
    --I wouldn't vote for the guys at #1/2 on the year 2000 all time saves list, so #3 Reardon didn't get much consideration from me. He is maybe the 4th or 5th best relief pitcher on this ballot?

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    • #32
      Originally posted by leecemark View Post
      --I wouldn't vote for the guys at #1/2 on the year 2000 all time saves list, so #3 Reardon didn't get much consideration from me. He is maybe the 4th or 5th best relief pitcher on this ballot?
      Fair enough. For those that did vote for Fingers and Sutter, why are you passing on Reardon?

      FWIW, I agree that Reardon is not as good as these other guys. As I said, I'm still kind of on the fence with him. But stats do mean *something*, don't they?
      The Writer's Journey

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      • #33
        ERA+
        Bruce Sutter 136
        Jeff Reardon 122

        Best 3 ERA+
        Bruce Sutter 328, 229, 188
        Jeff Reardon 177, 165, 162

        Cy Young Awards
        Bruce Sutter 1
        Jeff Reardon 0

        All-Star Selections
        Bruce Sutter 6
        Jeff Reardon 4

        Rolaids Relief Awards
        Bruce Sutter 4
        Jeff Reardon 1

        Jeff Reardon was a compiler who put together a nice career that is not HOF worthy. Bruce Sutter had one of the most dominant peaks of any reliever in the history of the game. The only knock on Sutter is a brief career. He is easily the best reliever currently outside our hall.

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        • #34
          Only two years ago the last players from the 1960s arrived on the ballot here, Carlton Fisk and Nolan Ryan. Several from the 1960s are still on the ballot. Some will still be on the regular ballot when the project catches up with 2010. The last from the 1970s will reach the regular ballot only in 2009, Tim Raines and few from the 1970s will ever be considered by the veterans committee.

          Roster size is merely the number of people eligible to play in one game. Why else is that more important than the 40-man roster or the entire player roster of a major league club? Meanwhile the number of players on a team has increased only from nine to ten and the National League continues with nine. The number used in a typical game has increased something like from 10 to 13. To some people it seems natural that should generate fewer Hall of Fame players because so many are playing incomplete games, splitting the workload defined by the rules.

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          • #35
            I don't know if anyone has noticed, but believe it or not, that is the 100th election we've done, during which time we've elected approximately 250 players.

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            • #36
              Just a quick thanks to those that responded about Reardon. If he drops off the ballot, I'll be okay with it knowing that some at least gave some thought to his candidacy.
              The Writer's Journey

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              • #37
                This election is closed. I would have done the recount per the request of Brad Harris, but the additional votes would have been inconsequential to the election results. We elected two candidates this year: Dave Winfield in his first year of eligibility and sixth year holdover Keith Hernandez.
                RIP Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010).

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by DoubleX View Post
                  I don't know if anyone has noticed, but believe it or not, that is the 100th election we've done, during which time we've elected approximately 250 players.
                  100 years with 100 regular and dozens of special elections.
                  251 players and 46 contributors.

                  Congratulations to DoubleX and Ace.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Paul Wendt View Post
                    100 years with 100 regular and dozens of special elections.
                    251 players and 46 contributors.

                    Congratulations to DoubleX and Ace.
                    Great job guys !!!
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