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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Detroit Tigers will retire Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 during 2020 season

The Detroit Tigers don’t need to wait for Lou Whitaker to become a Hall of Famer.

In their strongest statement on his ongoing Cooperstown candidacy, the team announced Tuesday they will be retiring Whitaker’s No. 1, which he wore from 1978-1995. It will be the ninth retired number in Tigers history.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 before the Tigers’ 6:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox.

In 19 seasons, Whitaker hit .276 with 244 home runs, 143 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .363 in nearly 10,000 plate appearances. The second baseman won the 1984 World Series with the Tigers and was a five-time American League All-Star. Whitaker won four Silver Slugger Awards, three Gold Glove Awards and was the 1978 AL Rookie of the Year.

Well, at least that’s one honor he’s getting next year.

 

QLE Posted: December 18, 2019 at 01:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Lou Whitaker snubbed from the Hall of Fame again

Long time Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker has long been one of baseball history’s most underrated players. He and Hall of Fame shortstop Alan Trammell formed one of the best up-the-middle combos ever, teammates since Whitaker’s debut in 1977 to his final year in 1995.

Trammell is actually a great jumping-off point to support Whitaker’s candidacy. Here are their career counting stats:

Whitaker: .276/.363/.426, 420 doubles, 65 triples, 244 homers, 1084 RBI, 1386 runs, 143 stolen bases, 1197 walks (9967 plate appearances)
Trammell: .285/.352/.415, 415 doubles, 55 triples, 185 homers, 1003 RBI, 1231 runs, 236 stolen bases, 850 walks (9376 plate appearances)

Whitaker also had slightly more Wins Above Replacement over his career according to Baseball Reference, besting Trammell 75.1 to 70.7. FanGraphs’ version of WAR puts both players slightly lower but with Whitaker still in the lead, 68.1 to 63.7.

On the bright side, this does give us an idea as for who to campaign for in three years’ time, particularly given the nature of who was inducted this time around.

 

QLE Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:26 PM | 150 comment(s)
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Monday, December 02, 2019

The Hall of Fame Case for Lou Whitaker

A reminder of why his case has been a flash-point:

Here’s a thing I didn’t know until just a few years ago: before Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the Hall of Fame in December 2017, the 1984 Tigers and the 1981 Dodgers were the only two World Series champions who do not have a player in the Hall of Fame. The 1981 Dodgers seem to be permanently out of luck, but those Bless You Boys Tigers have a chance to gain three in the space of two years. And they dang well should get that third player in Lou Whitaker.

Whitaker, infamously, received only 2.9 percent of the vote when he first appeared on the ballot in 2001, knocking him off that ballot for good after just one year. The insult was compounded when, in 2017 — the last time the Modern Baseball Era Committee dealt with this current era — Whitaker wasn’t even included on the dang ballot. For that you can blame the BBWAA too, as an “oversight committee” of that guild was responsible for coming up with nominees.

This despite the fact that Whitaker more than deserves induction.

Whitaker had a career WAR of 75.1, which is seventh all time for second basemen. The six men in front of him — Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Napoleon Lajoie, Joe Morgan, Rod Carew, and Charlie Gehringer — are all Hall of Famers. Many behind him, including Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Almoar, Craig Biggio, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon, and Bobby Doerr are Hall of Famers. The average WAR for Hall of Fame second baseman is 69.4. Lou Whitaker is above average compared to all Hall of Fame second baseman and not only has he not been elected, he was a one-and-done with the BBWAA and was literally left off the ballot when they could have given him a second chance.

 

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 09:32 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Monday, November 04, 2019

2020 MODERN BASEBALL ERA BALLOT

Nine former big league players and one executive comprise the 10-name Modern Baseball Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 8 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker are the candidates the Modern Baseball Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2020. All candidates are former players except for Miller, who was the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966-82. All candidates except for Miller and Munson are living.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26, 2020, along with any electees who emerge from the 2020 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 21, 2020.

The Modern Baseball Era is one of four Era Committees, each of which provide an avenue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players retired for more than 15 seasons.

The BBHOF season has now started- what say we concerning this ballot?

 


 

 

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