Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Grantland: Keri: Middle Relief: Rating the Rookie Eras

By expanding our query to players 25 and younger, we can check in on multiple eras to see what Trout, Harper, & Co. are up against. Thanks to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, and with an assist from ESPN Stats & Info’s Mark Simon, we find five different years in baseball history where 14 24-and-younger future Hall of Famers were playing at once: Every season from 1923 through 1926, as well as 1956. Going by that standard gets tricky, though, since some of those players went on to make the Hall of Fame as managers. Using hunt-and-peck tactics, we can pinpoint some of the best 25-and-under generational boomlets of all time. ...

For sheer volume of greatness, 1955 might be it. Under-25 everyday players included Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, and Eddie Mathews, while Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson were starting out. Yikes. Young pitching stars were scarcer, though future Hall of Famer Early Wynn fit the bill. There was also a terribly wild, 19-year-old lefty just getting his feet wet. It would be six years before he’d have his first great season. But anytime you can include Sandy Koufax on any list like this, you just do it. Unless Yoenis Cespedes is the next Clemente and Todd Frazier the next Mathews, you’re not touching this group.

bobm Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bryce harper, mike trout, rookies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4186874)
For sheer volume of greatness, 1955 might be it. Under-25 everyday players included Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, and Eddie Mathews, while Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson were starting out. Yikes. Young pitching stars were scarcer

Correlation ain't causation but pitching against those guys for another 15-20 wasn't gonna help anybody's chances for the HoF.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Marc Sully's not booin'. He's Youkin'.
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 16 Jan. 2017: The ‘honor’ Trumps politics in scheduling Cubs’ White House visit
(482 - 4:24pm, Jan 17)
Last: A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats

NewsblogFive Candidates Who Have Fallen a Single Vote Shy of Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame
(30 - 4:21pm, Jan 17)
Last: Rob_Wood

NewsblogCubs honored by President Obama at White House | MLB.com
(38 - 4:19pm, Jan 17)
Last: Man o' Schwar

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(1074 - 4:14pm, Jan 17)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(836 - 3:55pm, Jan 17)
Last: dlf

NewsblogMatheny: Spring training 'priorities' may look different this year | stltoday.com
(1 - 3:43pm, Jan 17)
Last: cardsfanboy

Newsblog10 baseball trades that look more lopsided now | MLB.com
(28 - 3:24pm, Jan 17)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-17-2017
(15 - 3:13pm, Jan 17)
Last: RMc is Fairly Irrefutable

NewsblogPirates' Bell credits yoga for improved flexibility, weight loss | TribLIVE
(9 - 3:09pm, Jan 17)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogGordo: How many of Cards' talented prospects will ever reach the majors? | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com
(3 - 3:06pm, Jan 17)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogSunday Notes: Baseball Scotland, Projections, Posada, more | FanGraphs Baseball
(26 - 2:58pm, Jan 17)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogJerry Dipoto’s Trade Activity, in Context | FanGraphs Baseball
(9 - 2:42pm, Jan 17)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogBearing the Glory: Jackie Robinson's 1949 MVP Award
(11 - 2:37pm, Jan 17)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogThe Bautista and Saunders news - and what it means for the Orioles' RF pursuit - BaltimoreBaseball.com
(10 - 2:35pm, Jan 17)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogPadres' Margot tops prospects all defense team | MLB.com
(5 - 1:33pm, Jan 17)
Last: Khrushin it bro

Page rendered in 0.2023 seconds
47 querie(s) executed