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|2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Care to explain how on earth JJ Hardy won the Gold Glove over Yunel Escobar. Did personality issues serve as part of the award criteria?|
(jlarsen from Chicago)
|Gold Glove awards. Man. That's a thing that doesn't measure what it is supposed to measure, huh? Was Escobar really the best shortstop in the American League? It's pretty certain Hardy wasn't. I'm guessing though that Hardy hit well last season and, well, you just can't beat logic like that so no need to go further.
I'd like to see a twitter meme created where people give gold glove awards to others when they do something badly, or in Rafael Palmeiro's case, not at all. (Matthew Kory)
|2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will this year be the rookie season of the greatest Cuban born player of all time? Is that too high of a mountain to climb? Or only a mountain too high to accurately see over?|
(Paul from DC)
|Out of curiosity, I used the Baseball-Reference Play Index to find the top 5 Cuban-born players by WAR.
1. Rafael Palmeiro 66.1
2. Luis Tiant 61.8
3. Tony Perez 50.1
4. Bert Campaneris 49.2
5. Minnie Minoso 47.5
That seems really ambitious for Gerardo Concepcion.
Unless you meant Puig. Then it's still really ambitious. (Zachary Levine)
|2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's the use of the Gold Glove awards if some of the voters factor in offensive prowess when deciding who gets the award at a certain position? I've noticed how some years that the best overall defensive player get passed over, due to fact that they hit below .300 and had single-digit HRs?|
(jlarsen from chicago)
|What's the use of any award? I don't know. Sometimes I think awards exist solely for the purpose of generating arguments, but Rafael Palmeiro might have a different opinion. (Geoff Young)|
|2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I don't think there's a single writer that believes Sosa's not guilty of PED use (despite only an anonymously leaked positive on a supposedly anonymous test), I doubt he scores well on JAWS or has anyone of note that will defend his candidacy in any way. So is it possible for 609 homeruns to be one and done on the ballot given his competition? |
(Sammy Sosa from One and Done?)
|I'd be surprised if he's one and done but I don't expect him to get much more support than, say, Rafael Palmeiro. 10-15 percent range, and disappearing in a few years. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)|
|2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)||Will the 2005 draft ever be topped??? It was topped before it ever happened, in 1985. I just wrote this for tomorrow morning's draft piece: . The first round included, in order of selection, B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Bobby Witt, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Pete Incaviglia, Walt Weiss, Brian McRae, Joe Magrane, Gregg Jeffries, Rafael Palmeiro, and Joey Cora, as well as Cameron Drew, who put up outstanding numbers in the minors until a knee injury ended his career at 24, while the second round held Bruce Ruffin, Mike Schooler, and Randy Johnson (John Smoltz was hiding down in round 22). And Bo Jackson too (a flyer in rd 20)!|
(PBSteve from Beautiful New Jersey)
|See? Steven Goldman knows all. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||So if the pitchers are an underwhelming lot, which interesting position players will we be talking about in one year?|
(Grant from Nashville)
|The top new position playing candidates are Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, John Olerud and Larry Walker. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Rafael Palmeiro is most likely going to fall short even with the magic 3000, albeit for other reasons. Do you think, eventually, most of these players (McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro) that are going to be PED excluded will eventually get in the VC way? Or will the writers come to their senses before the 15 years are up? Or are we going to be cursed with a HOF absent some top hitters?|
(John from Des Plaines)
|That's a tremendous question, and I don't really know the answer. It appears that the BBWAA writers are going to carry a grudge for quite some time on this matter, and it's wrapped up with their own culpability, and if you ask the players on the VC, "cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater!" is about as nuanced as the argument gets.
Ask me again in 20 years. (Jay Jaffe)
|2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Joe, you and Keith Law agree about the All Star Game that it should have "stars" who produced more in the past than players having great years like Ryan Ludwick. I simply don't understand how forward thinkers can believe this. How do you justify rewarding the entrenched old boys on reputation over objective performance? It seems to me the same argument as the one that got Rafael Palmeiro a Gold Glove with only 28 games at first base, which I believe you have mocked. How can you justify it? Isn't it out of line with everything else BP stands for, which is generally merit over hype?|
(oira61 from San Francisco)
|You're confusing "objective performance" with "200 good at-bats." If Ryan Ludwick is now a .300/.400/.600 player, he'll make the 2009 All-Star team. If he's not--he's not--he won't. If you don't get that BP isn't about glorifying two months' worth of work, then you have absolutely no idea how to evaluate "merit over hype." (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)||JAWS questions!
Rafael Palmeiro? (objectively)
Gary Sheffield? (ditto)
My man Jorge Posada? (You knew it was coming...)|
(DrDave from Alexandria VA)
|Dr. Dave, glad you could stop by.
Very quickly, Palmeiro does have the numbers (138.4 career, 68.9 peak, 103.7 JAWS) versus a standard of 138.4/68.9/103.7 for HOF 1Bs.
Sheffield is in trouble in that given his injuries, he's not likely to add much to his numbers (117.2/63.5/90.4) which are a bit short of the Hall standard for RFs (125.0/68.7/96.8).
Vizquel I get asked about rather frequently. I covered this last year (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=332), and since then the distance between him (79.3 overall) and the SS standard (96.6) has actually increased.
Posada has the peak (80.4/62.6/71.5 versus a standard of 98.9/60.8/79.9) and if he can stay healthy I think he's got a shot. But as this year has already shown, staying healthy will present a major challenge as he approaches 40. (Jay Jaffe)
|2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||With Miguel Tejada's decline the last year or so, is it safe to say now that while he's had a really good career, he won't be a HOFer? Starting with the Larkin era , who of the recent and present shortstops do you now think makes the HOF?|
(Dusty from Not Chicago!!!)
|Right now I'd say Tejada's biggest problem isn't the decline of his skills but his presence in the Mitchell Report and his possible role in the Rafael Palmeiro situation, including the subsequent perjury investigation. Until we see the BBWAA voters give even one steroid-connected player a pass, all bets are off for the lot of 'em.
As for recent and present shortstops who are Hallworthy, the line starts with Alan Trammell. I don't have my JAWS spreadsheet open (I'm working the laptop for the moment to surmount my tech difficulties) but I do believe Larkin has a decent case. More recently, A-Rod is an obvious choice, as is Derek Jeter. Beyond that, and then Tejada, I think there's a pretty big gap until you get to the younger playes like Reyes and Rollins who are only starting to assemble their credentials. (Jay Jaffe)
No BP Roundtables have mentioned this guy.