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Monday, November 14, 2016

Carlos Beltrán Reaches a Bunch of Milestones, Chris Archer and James Shields Just Miss Losing 20, Chase Utley Goes the Entire Season Without Grounding into a Double Play and Other Statistical Tidbits of 2016

Beltrán’s strong hitting in 2016 was key for the veteran as achieving 400 home runs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs will help him garner votes with the more traditional/old school Hall of Fame electorate who favor round milestones over analytical value.  Moreover, at season’s end, Beltrán sat at an impressive 70.4 Wins Above Replacement and 36.4 Wins Above Average for his career, so he will undoubtedly draw strong support from younger, more sabermetrically-inclined voters as well.  While Beltrán lacks the 500 home run or 3,000 hit milestone that would quickly gain him Hall of Fame election, the veteran’s attaining of a quartet of secondary milestones underscore his excellent career and make the switch-hitter a strong candidate for election by the BBWAA or at the very least an eventual selection by the Era Committee.
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Utley’s unforgivingly hard style of play has won him the admiration of some, the disdain of others, resulted in a rule change, come at the expense of injuries—to himself and others, all while being the driving force behind one of the most underrated players of this generation.  Utley’s 2016 ledger of 14 home runs, 52 RBI, .252 batting average, and 2.0 WAR was far from a career year for the second baseman but it represented a critical rebound campaign, following a horrid, injury-plagued 2015.  Moreover, Utley was able to establish himself as valuable veteran presence for the NL West champion Dodgers.  Aside from going the whole season without being doubled up, Utley’s 2016 was also memorable for the second baseman’s rising to the occasion with grand slams when he was the center of attention in New York and Philadelphia.  Despite his excellent career, Utley remains a longshot for the Hall of Fame, as he still lacks the counting stats that many voters place a premium on when filling out their ballots.  However, Utley was able to reach the mini-milestones of 1000 runs scored and 250 home runs in 2016.  In addition, Utley is poised to cross the 1000 RBI mark in 2017.  Moreover, if Utley stays healthy and is able hold down a starting job for the next few seasons, 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 70 WAR are not out of the question for the hard-nosed keystoner.  Achieving these milestones would greatly strengthen Utley’s Hall of Fame case.


 

 

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