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  • Guess the players who led their leagues in WAR 3x, but were NOT elected into the HOF

    In MLB history, there have been a total of 51 players who have led their respective league in position player WAR or pitcher WAR 3 or more times.

    Active players or players still eligible for HOF election include:

    Barry Bonds (11)
    Roger Clemens (7)
    Alex Rodriguez (6)
    Albert Pujols (6)
    Mike Trout (5)
    Justin Verlander (3)
    Clayton Kershaw (3)

    These guys will all either make it or would be shoo-ins without PED clouds hanging around their heads. These guys are not eligible to be guessed.


    That leaves 44 other players in MLB history who have led their league in pitching WAR or position player WAR 3 or more times. Of those 44 players, ONLY TWO have not been elected into the HOF.

    Hints:
    1. They played the same position.
    2. Both fell off the ballot after one year.
    3. They both achieved all of their league leaderships in the same league, but not at the same time.
    4. Both led their leagues in WAR (either position or pitcher) exactly 3x.
    5. Neither played in a World Series.
    6. Both players are still alive.

    WHO ARE THEY?
    1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

    1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

    1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


    The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
    The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

  • #2
    Johan Santana pops to mind
    I'll take a wild guess and say Wilbur Wood to make a second guess

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
      Johan Santana pops to mind
      I'll take a wild guess and say Wilbur Wood to make a second guess
      Johan Santana is a correct answer.
      1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

      1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

      1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


      The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
      The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

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      • #4
        Dave Stieb?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
          Dave Stieb?
          Nice job!!!
          1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

          1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

          1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


          The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
          The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

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          • #6
            It was an interesting bit of trivia. I had thought to guess Cone or Saberhagen until I realized part ot the clue was "no WS." Another quirk is that it seems like since Grove and Feller through the Clemens and Pedro most of the best pitching careers were in the NL

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