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To continue the headline "When it Raines..." it pours. Raines can't even get a post in a topic supposedly about him. The thread has been Grinched. Good luck with that HOF candidacy Tim.
He finished 2nd in the league in runs scored in 1974, but that was a season in which the league-leading amount (Yaz's 93) was the lowest since the war-shortened year of 1918. His whole career was like that -- in 1976, when he finished 5th in runs (with 93), the league scored 4.01 runs per game. The only season since that has even been close to that low was 1981 ... when he led the league in slugging & tied for the lead in homers (as the strike-shortened league featured one of the worst AB/HR rates in the Lively Ball era).
It's that if you draw a boatload of walks, you are that much more valuable than the other guy who doesn't. At some point, wherever you draw your Hall line, that will matter.
And he had pop but didn't drive in runs, and got on base but didn't score runs.
I think people are overstating the HOF voters' "ignoring" of Grich. It's not like his vote was last year, it was a long time ago, in 1992 (he got 2.6%). I think Grich would get significant support if he was on the ballot now, about 25%. He will be eligible for the Vet Committee ballot in 2014 and when he appears (the 2014 list of candidates is loaded - Buckner, Hernandez, Lynn, Murphy, Parker, F. White, Randolph, LaRussa, Cox, Torre, etc., he may not get on) he will not be one of those "less than 3" guys.
One can hold this opinion without arguing that it makes Tony Gwynn better than Tim Raines. Just to such an observer, he'd rather watch Gwynn slap a first pitch single than watch Raines work the count for a few minutes before taking ball 4.
Or substitute "Alomar" and "Grich" - same story.
Nobody really thought Grich was anywhere close to the HOF while he was playing.
Certainly during Blyleven's active career no one in the media was touting him as a great pitcher.
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