Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Jack Morris Newsbeat

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lou Whitaker on the Hall of Fame: “I didn’t even get daylight”

Whitaker, who played from 1977 to 1995 with the Detroit Tigers, ranks among the best second basemen in baseball history by various sabermetrics — sixth by Wins Above Replacement, seventh by Wins Above Average, and 12th by JAWS according to Baseball-Reference.com. But Whitaker drew just 2.9 percent of the vote for Cooperstown in 2001, his only year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s ballot, disqualifying him from future consideration by the writers.

...

So what’s taken Trammell and Whitaker so long? Why haven’t the 1984 Detroit Tigers, who won 104 games and the World Series, had a single Hall of Famer?

“We were just consistent,” Whitaker said. “We were a team with consistent players. We played, we won.”

The Hall of Fame, though, isn’t always great about rewarding consistent players who are good in a number of areas but seemingly not elite at any. Just ask Trammell, Dwight Evans or Bobby Grich.


 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Eugene Freedman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTake the pledge: Let's banish pitcher wins, losses from baseball conversations
(57 - 7:56am, Apr 23)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogRed Sox coaches still don't want hitters thinking about hitting for power - providencejournal.com
(16 - 7:20am, Apr 23)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogBrock Holt goes to the disabled list with vertigo
(45 - 5:29am, Apr 23)
Last: bachslunch

NewsblogRangers' Joey Gallo hits hardest homer of 2017 | MLB.com
(10 - 3:03am, Apr 23)
Last: Lars6788

NewsblogMajor League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option
(8 - 2:38am, Apr 23)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogTempers flare in Tigers-Twins; Matt Boyd, Miguel Sano ejected
(9 - 1:09am, Apr 23)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(2242 - 1:04am, Apr 23)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogMaybe We Were All Wrong About The Yankees Rotation
(12 - 12:39am, Apr 23)
Last: jyjjy

NewsblogWhoever smelt OMNICHATTER dealt it, April 22, 2017
(204 - 11:56pm, Apr 22)
Last: fra paolo

Sox TherapyLet's All Overreact!
(52 - 11:24pm, Apr 22)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

NewsblogOTP 17 April 2017: Baseball, giant American flags, and patriotism
(1307 - 10:41pm, Apr 22)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogGiants Place Madison Bumgarner On 10-Day DL After Dirt Bike Accident
(42 - 10:26pm, Apr 22)
Last: Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle

Sox TherapySox Therapy Predictions?
(20 - 9:13pm, Apr 22)
Last: villageidiom

Gonfalon CubsAssorted Week 1 Thoughts
(38 - 9:12pm, Apr 22)
Last: Ardo

NewsblogWhy MLB’s best young stars will strike it wildly rich in ‘resetting of the market’
(44 - 8:25pm, Apr 22)
Last: Hank G.

Page rendered in 1.1247 seconds
45 querie(s) executed