Thursday, January 10, 2013


Much like the current MLB results, the Majors League has had difficulty in the Hall of Fame Voting in that it was hard to get anyone inducted.  From Season 15 when the first member of the Hall of Fame was enacted (3-Time MVP Ronnie Hodges)

to Season 23, only 8 players were enshrined in 8 seasons.  Thereafter in Season 24, a renewed effort to vote in those who were worthy was enacted and three (3) new members were enshrined in Season 24.  They were:

The one time MVP and six time All-Star hit 573 HRs in his career. with 1900 RBI and a .885 OPS.  He was a three time gold glove winner at 1B and won two World Series rings.

Hanley Walker was an easy choice for the Hall.  He was a 10-time All-Star and 4-time Cy Young winner who won 2 World Series.   He won 316 games in his career against just 162 loses with a 1.23 WHIP. 

Another no-brainer.  Garcia also won 4 Cy Young's but beat Walker with 13-All Star appearances.  He won 312 games against an amazing 132 loses, a 1.14 WHIP and an ERA under 3.00.   He was still effective in his Age 40 Season and played 22 ML Seasons.

Given the success of Season 24, here is one pitcher and one hitter who should be considered for enshrinement in the Hall:

Rob Jacobs should be a lock.  He retired after Season 23 and his stats make him the best player to ever play in the Majors.   913 HRs, an amazing .426 career OBP and an even more amazing 1.103 career OPS.  Not to mention an astonishing 10-straight MVPs.  If Jacobs does not get in on the first ballot then they should disband the Hall. 

One of the biggest issues and debates in HD Dynasty is what to do with players who started the league at an advanced age and were not able to accumulate stats in their prime years.  James Chang  started Season 1 at age 30 and was only able to pitch in 8 full ML Seasons.  But in those sesaons he won 119 games (almost 15 per season) and lost only 64 games.   In those 8 seasons he had a WHIP under 1.16.  Is it wrong to assume that Change would have racked up many more victories if he was able to pitch 22 season, most of which would have been in his prime. If he pitched just as good between his Age 22-30 seasons as he did between his age 30-38 Seasons it is reasonable to assume he would have won 300 games.  I do not believe he will get in simply based on the fact that there are more deserving candidates that are coming along, but its an interesting topic.

What do you all think?

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