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Don Mattingly (just 13% last year but with his team going to the WS he might see an uptick)
They’re not exactly the same: Schilling does have the edge in career WAR (he spent more time in good hitter’s park) and strikeouts.
Average HOF'er is 27.
#7 It's a frequently made assertion but it's something I wonder about. How often does somebody who wouldn't have been a regular in a setup where there are only 16 teams pick up major black ink?
Depending on how alternate-universe you want to go, you can argue that in a smaller league, Chris Davis doesn't keep getting chances and isn't in the majors to win the HR title this year. Ditto for Jose Bautista.
Year GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG1984 153 642 120 246 52 2 28 146 49 .383 .422 .6011985 159 683 134 242 56 3 40 181 64 .354 .403 .621 1986 162 710 144 271 60 2 36 139 60 .382 .425 .6241987 141 586 107 203 41 2 33 133 55 .346 .398 .5921988 144 631 121 218 43 0 21 114 48 .345 .390 .5131989 158 667 103 227 44 2 27 148 60 .340 .390 .534
Do I HAVE to choose?!?
I once gave a SABR presentation in which I (provocatively)
Wouldn't comparisons of Reggie Jackson vs Jim Rice show how post-season performance rate in HOF voting?
the big hurt was so good that he could win an mvp even if he was not allowed to play in the league!
but it also just increases the sheer number of players competing for the scarce spots
Expanding the league doesn't create more top-flight talent.
Perhaps the simplest way to summarize all this is that, in China, if you are 1 in a million then there are 1000 people just as good as you; in Australia, there would be 22. Where do you think it would be easier to stand out?
In reality, the talent pool (due to de-segregation, globalization of the game) has almost certainly grown FASTER than has the pool of available positions
Not surprisingly, there were people who thought I made a great point, and people who thought I was a nutjob.
Interesting point, but the intuitive problem is that you were lumping together superstars with lesser stars. It's one thing to argue that (say) Koufax was better than Grove, but it's another thing to rank Norm Cash above Jimmy Foxx, simply because of the era.
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