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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Golden Era Ballot

Rules are the same as the Hall of Fame: Vote for up to four. 75% of ballots wins election.

Eligibles: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

I’ll close the election on 11/12 at noon. Everyone is eligible to vote, not just Hall of Merit regulars.

DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 96 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4836181)
I'll start it off

Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Tiant

I could use another counter to doublecheck votes
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4836186)
Boyer, Tiant, Minoso
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4836241)
Allen, Tiant, Minoso, Boyer
   4. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4836246)
Minoso, Tiant, Howsam. Lots of helpful comments in the other thread about Minoso, who is borderline by the numbers.
   5. Mark Armour Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4836253)
Howsam, Minoso, Tiant, Oliva.
   6. Rally Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:38 PM (#4836267)
Boyer, Kaat, Tiant, Minoso
   7. bachslunch Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:45 PM (#4836275)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Tiant
   8. BDC Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4836277)
I'd like to submit a blank ballot. Feel free to ignore it if you don't think it's in the spirit, but I don't think any of these candidates make my "personal" Hall (which would be of a size of just the intersection between the HOM and the HOF, though not the exact composition).
   9. The District Attorney Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:52 PM (#4836286)
Allen, Minoso, Pierce, Tiant
   10. RJ in TO Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4836297)
Tiant, Boyer, Minoso
   11. DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4836309)
alphabetical helps me tally
   12. toratoratora Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4836311)
Toss in another blank ballot on my behalf. I tend more towards small hall anyhow, but none of these cut the mustard for me
   13. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4836329)
Howsam, Minoso, Tiant
   14. DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4836340)
Shortened the balloting time. A week is plenty.
   15. Chris Fluit Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4836352)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Pierce
   16. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:55 PM (#4836379)
Boyer, Howsam, Tiant
   17. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4836391)
Boyer, Minoso, Tiant
   18. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4836880)
The hall of fame website has candidate bios available here

http://baseballhall.org/hall-of-fame/2015-golden-era-committee-ballot
   19. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: November 06, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4836890)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Tiant
   20. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: November 06, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4836894)
Allen
Boyer
Minoso
Tiant
   21. Morty Causa Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4836899)
I have to go along with #8: none of them are quite good enough--they are right below the line. As Bill James once put it, you have to ask yourself, if this guy goes in, who can we now not keep out.
   22. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4836902)
I'd like to add a blank ballot. These guys are who the hovg was designed for.
   23. Ron J2 Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4836903)
#21 That's why I have no problem with Allen. Sure you can find people with better careers than Allen, but that's not a HOF case. Howsam is the guy I haven't decided on. Which I guess is a no. So

Allen, Minoso
   24. Lassus Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4836916)
Tiant
   25. dlf Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4837001)
Minoso
   26. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4837059)
I agree with the reasoning in #21 but I think the barn door is already flung wide open. There are 4 guys here who are way above the existing line.
   27. alilisd Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4837078)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Oliva

Edit(had to remove Tiant to keep the limit at 4)
   28. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4837079)
Allen, Hodges, Tiant, Wills
   29. Tiboreau Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4837083)
Dick Allen
Ken Boyer
Jim Kaat
Minnie Minoso
   30. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4837090)
. alilisd Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4837078)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Oliva Tiant


Invalid ballot, won't be counted. Nevermind - edited.
   31. Lassus Posted: November 06, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4837108)
Invalid ballot, won't be counted.

What did Oliva Tiant ever do to you?
   32. The District Attorney Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4837148)
Oliva sudden, the post was edited!
   33. Rob_Wood Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4837165)
Minnie Minoso

(and I'd be happy to count ballots as a doublecheck)
   34. Man o' Schwar Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4837167)
Allen, Boyer, Kaat, Tiant
   35. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4837169)
Thanks Rob
   36. esseff Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4837183)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso
   37. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4837205)
it sounds so negative but alas, none

   38. chisoxcollector Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4837229)
Allen, Minoso, Pierce, Tiant.

Would also vote for Boyer if I had room.
   39. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: November 06, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4837269)
No-one.
   40. Rally Posted: November 06, 2014 at 03:51 PM (#4837290)
So far I see 31 ballots (including a few blanks) and nobody on track to get in:

Minoso 68%
Tiant 58%
Boyer 48%
Allen 45%

Nobody else breaks 13%.
   41. dlf Posted: November 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4837301)
#40 - For what its worth, it is my understanding that the HOM tends to prefer to not have interim updates as that is seen as influencing remaining voters behavior.
   42. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:33 PM (#4837571)
Hodges, Kaat, Miñoso, Tiant

Hodges' managerial role puts him over the top for me
Miñoso's combination of a fine career (which was delayed by the color barrier) and pioneer role as the first black Latino in the MLB make him this ballot's best candidate
Tiant edges Pierce (who I'd probably vote for with a 5th slot) for the final spot
   43. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4837579)
Alphabetical order:

Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Tiant

Rank Order (all are in my PHoM and Pierce is barely out):

Allen, Minoso, Tiant, Boyer
   44. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4837580)
Including my ballot it brings Miñoso up to 68.8% & Tiant up to 59.4% but if you omit the six blank ballots then Miñoso is at 84.6% while Tiant is 73.1%

I'm not criticizing anyone who submitted a blank ballot as it is their right to do so

Edit: counting Binkley's ballot, Miñoso is 69.7, 85.2 (w/o blank ballots), Tiant 60.6, 74.1 (w/o blanks)
   45. Morty Causa Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:07 PM (#4837584)
23:

Dick Allen as a batter is quite comparable to Joe DiMaggio (discounting the three years he lost in his prime to WWII), and of course no one who is sane would argue Joe doesn't belong. But Joe was a fine centerfielder, maybe a great one, and Dick Allen fielded like he had a ball and chain attached to his legs. Plus, I lived through Dick Allen's tantrums. Still, if you can show me that he wasn't as bad a fielder as the metrics show him to be, and as I remember him to be, and as many people at the time thought him to be, I might begin reconsidering his case.

In sum, Allen was at his peak, and it was nice long peak, but that's all he has. That is negated just enough by his being , a terrible fielder and an all-around Dick of mega-detrimental proportions.
   46. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4837591)
Minoso.
   47. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4837595)
Minoso, Tiant
   48. Howie Menckel Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:37 PM (#4837598)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Pierce, Tiant
   49. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: November 06, 2014 at 11:50 PM (#4837602)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Pierce, Tiant


Heads up, Howie: you can only vote for 4 candidates, otherwise it is an invalid ballot
   50. bjhanke Posted: November 07, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4837615)
Brock Hanke's ballot:

Allen, Boyer, Tiant, Minoso. Billy Pierce is close to Minoso, but the limit is 4.
   51. jdennis Posted: November 07, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4837618)
Blank ballot.

I have Pierce 49th, Tiant 59th, Kaat 131st on pitching, my line is in between Pierce and Tiant on that pitching stats only list. Kaat would rank higher adding hitting/fielding, Pierce and Tiant worse because they did not distinguish themselves as hitting pitchers and were both poor fielding pitchers. I cannot confidently say any of the three would get my vote, therefore they do not in this simulation.

My standard for position players, in points, is around 850. Allen is around 700 due to poor fielding, Oliva and Minoso 450, the others less.

I have a "small hall" mentality on execs. Howsam can be compared to Gillick, so there is that argument.
   52. Rob_Wood Posted: November 07, 2014 at 05:04 AM (#4837639)

Howie, please resubmit your ballot with a maximum of 4 selections.

Also, as mentioned above, everyone should refrain from posting any running tallies. It can have the effect of influencing future (or potential) voters.

Finally, blank ballots are allowed as long as they properly reflect the voter's views on the candidates.

Thanks much.
   53. DL from MN Posted: November 07, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4837930)
Thanks Rob
   54. neilsen Posted: November 07, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4837946)
Dick Allen
Ken Boyer
Gil Hodges
Minnie Minoso
   55. Kiko Sakata Posted: November 07, 2014 at 01:14 PM (#4837977)
I'm very sympathetic to the opinion expressed here and elsewhere that there are no glaring omissions among players who debuted before 1970 or so. That said, given the size and composition of the actual Hall and the ballot limit here, I would vote for:

Dick Allen
Bob Howsam
Minnie Minoso
Billy Pierce

While none of these are glaring omissions, the converse is also generally true: with the possible exception of Maury Wills, none of the candidates here would look glaringly out of place within the Hall of Fame, either.
   56. Al Peterson Posted: November 07, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4838027)
Dick Allen
Minnie Minoso
Billy Pierce
Luis Tiant

Hall is no poorer if you voted these players in. Tiant is out of place since he's the one who didn't play for the White Sox.
   57. Bleed the Freak Posted: November 08, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4838514)
Dick Allen - criminally underrated
Minnie Minoso - easily in

Just made it:
Billy Pierce - the 1950s are light on hall of merit/famers.
Luis Tiant - in a huge glut of 60s/70s hurlers, could deserve MLE credit?
   58. Howie Menckel Posted: November 08, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4838524)

sorry, REVISED ballot

Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Pierce
   59. Bleed the Freak Posted: November 08, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4838534)
Doubling down with Howie, revision of including Bob Howsam and removing Luis Tiant.

Interesting thread about managers and GMs over at the Fever, at least a stab at a good starting point for statistical rankings:
http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?49984-Managers-and-GMs-who-belong-in-the-Hall-(or-already-are)&p=2371814#post2371814

rating,, General Manager
2275.6 Barrow, Ed
1373.2 Weiss, George
1141.1 Rickey, Branch
1056.8 Schuerholz, John
997.1 Bavasi, Buzzie
879.5 Cashman, Brian
806.5 Gillick, Pat
660.2 Howsam, Bob
619.6 Dalton, Harry
590.5 Sabean, Brian
464.8 Brown, Joe
   60. lieiam Posted: November 08, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4838535)
tough call here as to me it looks like 6 potential serious candidates.
I'm going to go with:
Allen
Tiant
Kaat
Boyer

tough call with Minoso and Pierce.
   61. baudib Posted: November 08, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4838560)
Boyer is a much better candidate than I thought, if he had been born 40 years later his career is a dead ringer for Scott Rolen.

Boyer, Minoso, Tiant, Allen
   62. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 08, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4838563)
Bob Howsam
Minnie Minoso
Luis Tiant
   63. Blastin Posted: November 08, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4838565)
Minoso
Tiant
   64. cardsfanboy Posted: November 08, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4838569)
Boyer, Tiant, Howsam, Allen.
   65. LargeBill Posted: November 08, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4838593)
Dick Allen, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, and Luis Tiant .
   66. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: November 09, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4839119)
Dick Allen
   67. AndrewJ Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4839135)
Allen, Kaat, Minoso and Tiant.
   68. Morty Causa Posted: November 09, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4839159)
   69. Moeball Posted: November 09, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4839186)
First of all, just my personal opinion - Howsam should be on a separate ballot so he won't get my vote here.

I'm going with Allen, Boyer and Minoso for my votes.

I'm glad we've been doing the MMPs through the 1950s - it's forced me to appreciate just how good Minoso was and now that we're in the late 1950s I keep seeing Boyer's name pop up year after year. These guys were really pretty good players, better than I originally thought.
   70. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: November 09, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4839197)
Allen, Kaat, Minoso, Tiant.

Howsam and Hodges should be on a separate ballot. I agree with Moeball on that.

Allen and Kaat are tough calls, but they end up just on the other side of the line for me.
   71. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4839223)
Allen and Minoso.

Bill James had Minoso ranked in his top-100, implying that he's easily in the top half of the hall of fame. Even if that included some homerism, tough to drop him below the thresh hold.
   72. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:55 AM (#4839231)
Dick Allen.
   73. rawagman Posted: November 10, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4839644)
Dick Allen
Minnie Minoso
Ken Boyer
Bob Howsam
   74. Adam Schafer Posted: November 10, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4839915)
Allen, Boyer, Howsam, Minoso
   75. Moeball Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4840019)
Just to add another way to look at things:

Here are two players' stats which look fairly similar:

Player 1 did the following in 1819 career games played:

7811 PA, 390 HR, OPS of .960. Considered a great hitter but poor fielder (-81 defensive runs in career).

Player 2 did the following in 1749 career games played:

7315 PA, 351 HR, OPS of .912. Considered a great hitter but poor fielder (-110 defensive runs).

Player 1 looks like a bit of a better hitter, and also a bit better in the field for that matter.

Now for a little context: Player 1 has a career OPS+ of 154 (20th best all-time, which is outstanding); Player 2's OPS+ is 156 (15th best).

Furthermore, Player 1's career WAA is 33.6, an excellent total, while Player 2's WAA is 32.9, very close indeed.

Basically, these 2 players are really the same guy, right?

Player 1 has almost identical stats to Player 2 when adjusted for context. Player 1 is going to get an invitation to join the elite at Cooperstown when his career is over. In fact, even if his career ended right now and he never plays another game he will probably get elected to the HOF within his first year or two of eligibility. After all, he has 2 MVP awards and 3 batting titles to his credit, a pretty impressive resume indeed. Player 2...didn't get in, hasn't yet and probably won't for a long time, maybe never.

So Player 1 must have had a much better peak than Player 2, right? That's why he garnered so much more hardware, correct?

Let's take a look:

Player 1's best 2 seasons of WAA: 5.3 and 5.1
Player 2's best 2 seasons of WAA: 6.2 and 6.2

Hmm...Player 1 doesn't look clearly more dominant here, in fact, Player 2 does...ok, how about best 5 seasons?

Player 1's best 5 seasons of WAA: 22.9
Player 2's best 5 seasons of WAA: 24.9

Uh, I'm finding it difficult to come to the conclusion that Player 1 really was the better player at his peak, and their career values look fairly similar, too. What's going on?

Have you figured out who Player 1 is yet?
Have you figured out who Player 2 is yet?

All right, enough of the suspense...Player 1, of course, is Miguel Cabrera, someone I feel fairly confident in saying will end up being elected to the HOF fairly easily, even if his career ends right now. He already has the required resume to get in.

Player 2 is...drumroll please...Dick Allen.

Miggy is popular, Dick...wasn't. Miggy wins multiple awards, Dick didn't.

But as actual players and judged purely for what their performance on the field is/was - well, they're actually pretty close to being the same player.

Makes you think, eh?




   76. theboyqueen Posted: November 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4840057)
Both may well be semifunctional alcoholics too.
   77. theboyqueen Posted: November 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4840061)
Has anyone yet found a teammate or coach who has anything negative to say about Dick Allen?
   78. Rob_Wood Posted: November 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4840069)
Um, Ron Santo (I am sure there were others)
   79. Mike Webber Posted: November 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4840337)
Ken Boyer, Bob Howsam, Minnie Minoso, Luis Tiant
   80. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4840477)
Ballot closing tomorrow
   81. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 11, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4840505)
Tiant and Pettitte seem very similar - ERA+ of 118 and 117 / IP of 3486 & 3316, similar black ink, similar award voting results. For those voting for Tiant now - will you vote for Pettitte when he is eligible?
   82. OCF Posted: November 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4840509)
Allen, Boyer, Minoso, Tiant
   83. Spencer Benedict Posted: November 11, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4840564)
Allen, Oliva, Minoso,Tiant
   84. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 11, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4840567)
Tiant and Pettitte seem very similar - ERA+ of 118 and 117 / IP of 3486 & 3316, similar black ink, similar award voting results. For those voting for Tiant now - will you vote for Pettitte when he is eligible?

I would, yes. To me, Pettitte is pretty much exactly the borderline HoF SP. Needs every bit of the gaudy W-L record, and big post-season resume to get it, but he gets in.
   85. The District Attorney Posted: November 11, 2014 at 04:49 PM (#4840587)
Tiant and Pettitte seem very similar - ERA+ of 118 and 117 / IP of 3486 & 3316, similar black ink, similar award voting results.
They're at least less similar than this description makes it sound like, IMHO. Tiant is significantly peakier, as pretty much everyone would be compared to Pettitte, never mind that Tiant has a particularly insane best season in 1968.

To illustrate this point, Tiant is 51st in JAWS; Pettitte is 86th. The post-19th century players above Tiant who are HOF-eligible, not PED or gambling tainted, and yet not in are: Curt Schilling (27th), Mike Mussina (28th), Wes Ferrell (39th), Rick Reuschel (45th), and Kevin Brown (46th). Between Tiant and Pettitte are: David Cone (60th), Urban Shocker (63rd), Bret Saberhagen (65th), Dave Stieb (66th), George Uhle (71st), Kevin Appier (72nd), Chuck Finley (73rd), Orel Hershiser (76th), Bucky Walters (77th), Tommy John (78th), Frank Tanana (80th), Wilbur Wood (82nd), and Wilbur Cooper (83rd).

Now, that's only one stat... as indicated by the fact that the guy right above Pettitte on the list is named Sandy Koufax. Nonetheless, I think it serves well to sketch out the outline of an argument that, although Tiant is probably about where most people would draw their "floor", Pettitte is significantly below that.

All that said, I'd be willing to vote for Pettitte if it were on a ballot like this and they did a crappy job of making the ballot, such that there weren't four better choices on there. Basically, I always figure vote for the maximum number of guys who wouldn't be jokes, and let the wisdom of crowds sort 'em out.
   86. Buck Coats Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4840641)
Um, Ron Santo (I am sure there were others)


Santo's gone pretty quiet about Dick Allen lately though
   87. bjhanke Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:40 AM (#4840815)
baudib and Moeball brought up Ken Boyer, whose career I know pretty well from having followed it from the time he hit the Cardinals (I turn 67 on Nov. 20). Boyer's raw stats require the flowing adjustments before you can really assess:

1. Boyer missed a couple of years to the Korean War.
2. Boyer played a lot of his career in the 1960s, when offense was at very low levels. This messes with his peak and prime numbers.
3. Boyer played from 1966 until he left the Cards as a power hitter in Busch Stadium (the 1966 version), an enormous park that destroyed home run power. When he was in Sportsman's Park, that was a ballpark that favored lefty hitting, but was just about normal for righties. A general ballpark adjustment for Sportsman's hurts Boyer, because it's too steep for righties.
4. Boyer was a very good defensive 3B, but that is drowned in the peer group. His brother Clete Boyer. Brooks Robinson. Ron Santo. Tough peer group. Among 3B, he also had to compete, on offense, with Santo, Mathews, and Al Rosen. Not only a tough peer group, but something new to baseball. Boyer, too, was a power-hitting 3B, but not in the class of Mathews or Rosen, and probably not as good as Santo, although the ballpark adjustments are serious.
5. Boyer appeared in only one WS (1964), although he did play well there. But he was traded before the WS of 67-68. He played for a lot of poor teams.

Offhand, I can't think of any circumstance that favors Boyer. There are a lot that worked against him. The New Historical has him ranked #12 at 3B, and that may be low, because Bill didn't use separate righty/lefty ballpark adjustments, and may have not given full Korean War MLEs (I don't know how Bill handled those in his subjective adjustments). That was as of 2000. By now, he may have been passed by Bill's standards, but serious examination of the context might well bring him back to even #12 now. The number of hall 3B is low, but the in/out line is probably about #15-17. Boyer is well qualified.

Oh, and if you're looking at the character clause, Boyer gets a bonus. Widely known as a VERY nice guy, he, along with Stan Musial, were in spring training when Cards' owner Gussie Busch found out that the hotel did not allow black people to stay there. He got a friend to buy another hotel in the area. Ken and Stan Musial, the team's two stars, had cushy beachfront cabanas. They both gave them up and stayed in the hotel, to show solidarity with the black guys. - Brock Hanke
   88. baudib Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:03 AM (#4840821)
Boyer does feel like one of those classic tweener guys who falls through the crevices of history. A modern comparison might be Chase Utley. Players with solid all-around games, pretty much a B to A- in everything and not standing out in one thing in particular.

Boyer:
1. Hit around .300 typically, as high as .329, never won a batting title.
2. Had good power, but not power to get you noticed in a strong league loaded with guys like Mays/Aaron/Robinson/Snider/Banks/Mathews and others.
3. Always overshadowed by one superstar teammate (Stan Musial, later Gibson).
4. Overshadowed by a better player at his position who was a top-5 all-time 3B (Mathews).
5. Remarkably durable/consistent. The dude hit exactly 24 homers 4 years in a row.

He won an MVP in what was no better than his fourth-best season. He didn't deserve it, but he had the unbeatable combination of playing for a surprise pennant winning ('64 Cards, benefactors of the Phillies' collapse) and led the league in RBIs.

He got decent walks (he got exactly 70 walks 3 years in a row) but not enough to become a sabermetrics poster boy for underrated like a Dwight Evans or Norm Cash.

   89. HGM Posted: November 12, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4840855)
Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Minnie Minoso,
   90. Win Big Stein's Money Posted: November 12, 2014 at 09:45 AM (#4840872)
Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Bob Howsam, Luis Tiant
   91. DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4841095)
balloting is closed
   92. Rob_Wood Posted: November 12, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4841117)

DL from MN: I'd be happy to send you my tally for verification purposes. You can send me an email and I will reply. My email is robertowood @ yahoo.com

   93. DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4841134)
Just check to see if it matches my results. If not, I'll adjust.
   94. Ron J2 Posted: November 12, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4841142)
#78 I think there's some evidence that he and Frank Thomas didn't see eye to eye.

And during the Tony Taylor fiasco, Tug McGraw and Larry Bowa went public about their displeasure with the way Allen was handling things.

I no longer recall anything specific about the 1969 season, but I'd be surprised if some of the veterans were not extremely displeased with Allen's actions and I know there were any number of statements from veterans saying (almost word for word) that Bob Skinner was being pretty reasonable (and that no manager would have done anything different). I have a vague recollection that Deron Johnson was a Skinner supporter, but I can't source this.
   95. Morty Causa Posted: November 12, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4841183)
I think Bouton in Ball Four gives the clear impression Allen's entire club was in revolt because of his behavior, doesn't he?
   96. Morty Causa Posted: November 12, 2014 at 03:29 PM (#4841190)
Some of us oldsters have given our subjective impression of the way Allen was viewed at the time--Harveys and I in particular. How about others who were fans at the time? JOLLY OLD? How do you remember the impression Allen made on his teammates and fans back then? Who are the revisionists here?

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