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He's tweaking this to make Whitaker look better than he is
True. Though as a HoF case, he's Robby Alomar offensively. Was Whitaker so much worse defensively that he shouldn't be in?
Lou Whitaker was the most consistently “good” position player in MLB history.
The knocks against Whitaker: (1) black; (2) played for Detroit; (3) no real peak; (4) no MVPs, or even close; (5) reputation as an airhead; (6) played alongside a guy who was largely considered the better of the two. "Well, gee, Lou, we just never thought of you as a Hall of Famer. Sorry."
Age WAR Age WAR34 6.6 25 7.826 6.5 24 7.325 5.2 35 6.432 5 32 5.435 4.5 27 4.928 4.4 23 4.822 4.3 26 4.429 4.3 30 4.127 4.1 31 3.736 3.8 33 3.724 3.6 28 3.533 3.6 29 3.421 3.5 22 330 3.5 34 2.731 3.4 38 2.137 2.4 36 1.623 1.6 37 0.938 1.3
If you look at top 10 WAR finishes, Whitaker has 3 and Trammell has 6, so Trammell definitely has the higher peak, I will concede. I should have said I don't see why people EASILY rank Trammell higher, and that I place Whitaker higher than Trammell.
The knocks against Whitaker: (1) black
Can race conceivably be an issue with HOF voters? If Dale Murphy were in the HOF and Andre Dawson not, or Fred Lynn in and Jim Rice not, I'd start to worry. But I don't see it.
What was the last undeserving white guy position player put in the writers?
A young black talent who "only" has Whitaker's career while playing second base is often times perceived to have actually failed to live up to his potential. Make him white and call him Eckstein with the exact same level of performance and it's all about how he makes the most out of his lack of ability.
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