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Is former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers great Gil Hodges the best eligible position player not in the Hall of Fame? No, Barry Bonds is…or maybe Jeff Bagwell. But five years ago, the answer very well may have been “yes”.
Hodges was the first baseman and team leader for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s. During that decade, only his teammate Duke Snider (a Hall of Famer) was able to rack up more home runs and RBI. His OPS during the 50s was a solid 0.884 which ranked him 12th overall. All 11 players ahead of him in that category are in the Hall of Fame. If that’s not enough, a very telling comparison comes at the first base position, where frankly, Hodges’ superior numbers make it no comparison at all. Looking at all of the first basemen in the decade, Hodges ranks first in virtually every major offensive category. He led the pack in hits (1,491), runs scored (890), home runs (310), runs batted in (1,001), and OPS (0.884). No other first baseman even comes close.
Ask Kevin Brown if the HOF has a bias against journeymen.
Can we have a vocabulary check on the word "journeyman?" (For the Nth time :) It means a guy of ordinary skills who grabs up his tools and gets hired by the day ("jour"). David Murphy is a journeyman, even though he's played for the same team for years. Kevin Brown was a master pitcher who kept wearing out his welcome and finding a new one somewhere else.
I believe Joe Torre will be considered on that 2014 Golden Era ballot. Had he never played the game, does he get in as a manager alone?
Torre began his managing career with the Yankees as the record-holder for most games ever played + managed without ever winning a World Series.
One of the NY tabloids greeted his hiring with a back page of "SAY IT AIN'T JOE
True enough; it just seems to me one of those instances where we've lost an evocative word from the language :(
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