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The lowest PA total is Roy Campanella at over 4800.
3658 PA. No position player elected to the HOF for his playing career ...
If O'Doul is ever elected, it will be for his role in Japan and the independent PCL with his MLB performance being the cherry on top of the sundae rather than the key ingredient. In this, he is much like Buck O'Neill, someone who could be rewarded postumously for his larger role in baseball rather than the fairly limited impact as a player.
It took 4 years of .370 PCL hitting for O'Doul to get back in the majors. interesting career, but he is no hall of famer.
he had 309 hits (!!!) for Salt Lake in 1925. 198 games, 825 AB's.
(when men were men)
his bar is a great place for a beer and sandwich while watching an away Giants game.
I also like the idea of an overall "contributor" category.
And, regardless of your feelings about my seemingly heretical statement, a BA of 350 (O'Doul's career) is always meaningful.
Speaking of Buck - I thought I read somewhere that, as a scout for the Cubs, he had a hand in their signing Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Lou Brock and, years later, Lee Smith.
He's not a Hall of Fame player. No doubt about that in my mind and I'm from San Francisco and enjoy Lefty O'Doul's bar quite a lot.
And, as Flynn already noted, his bar is a great place for a beer and sandwich while watching an away Giants game.
You guys are nuts. Lefty's is a landmark, but it's a ########. Their food is gross and the drinks are overpriced.
I'm also interested to know why BA is the "most important component of a batter's line." In other words, why it's more meaningful than things like (for example) on-base percentage, slugging percentage, or OPS+.
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