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|2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)||What missing tool concerns you the most as far as a player not reaching full development? It seems to me that the hit tool is something a player never learns. He either has it or he doesn't. Just my perception, no actual data to confirm it. |
(ssauve25 from Here)
|I think you hit the nail on the head. I think back to Michael Jordan trying to hit a baseball. Kenny Lofton quit baseball for awhile and started again in college. He said that if he had waited another year he doesn't think he could have done it (hit a baseball). The elites make it look so normal but it's next to impossible to do. (Mike Gianella)|
|2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Jared Mitchell - small sample size illusion or toolsy player who is finally healthy and has finally figured it all out? Thanks.|
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
|Mitchell isn't the player the White Sox drafted out of LSU. Way back then he was a freakish athlete that had tools galore and drew comps to Kenny Lofton. Today, he's more of a left fielder with some thump in his bat and a bench profile; still a useful player, but not the guy his AFL numbers may be suggesting. (Mark Anderson)|
|2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are both easily Top 15 players all-time at their position (and Bagwell maybe even Top 5); Schilling is one of the best RH pitchers of the last fifty years, both regular season and certainly post-season, couldn't even get 40%; Bernie Williams and Kenny Lofton, two of the best CF of the last 30 years, didn't even get enough to stay on the ballot. How broken is the system? Can it even be fixed? What would you say to someone that says that, considering there are mediocre guys that have been elected and excellent ones that have been snubbed, that the Hall of Fame has been rendered meaningless as an honor?|
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
|I don't think the system is as broken as you suggest, by any means - one year is a small sample size by which to judge the results you mention. Bagwell and Biggio will be in very soon. I have Bernie well below the standard, and Lofton slightly below, so I can't really get too up in arms over that portion of what you wrote.
The Hall is still a pretty great honor; even if some of the wrong guys are getting in, to me it's far more worth fighting for the right guys getting in than walking away in disgust. The presence of Jim Rice or even Jack Morris in Cooperstown shouldn't ruin it for anyone. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
|2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||To me, the most overlooked thing regarding the results of the voting is Kenny Lofton's not receiving the requisite 5% of the vote to remain on the ballot.
1. Do you think in a regular year without a polarizing issue like steroids, would he have received the vote?
2. Now that he can only be inducted by the veterans committee, what do you think his chances are?
3. Do you think his bouncing around from team to team later in his career hurts the voter's perception of him?
I think it's very unfortunate that he won't stay on the ballot. I'm one who, after reading your analysis and through my own observation of him when he was active, certainly would get my vote if I had one.|
(Mike Shumka from Milton, Ontario)
|I think Lofton suffers less because of the steroid protest than the size of the crowd on the ballot and the fact that a certain segment of the electorate dramatically undervalues walks and defense. Nearly all of the Hall's recent injustices fit into that pattern - think of Ron Santo, Bobby Grich and Tim Raines, for example.
Lofton will have a long wait ahead of him if his cause is taken up by the Veterans Committee. Among center field contemporaries, Jim Edmonds, Andruw Jones and Carlos Beltran will all have their cases taken up by the BBWAA, and they've got reasonable merits and similar JAWS scores too. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
|2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Kenny Lofton goes on the ballot in 2012. How does he fare by JAWS? Also, do you think a case can be made in part based on his having been the best leadoff hitter in the game during the HR-happy '90s, with not much real competition? Sort of contextual/lineup value above replacement.|
(Dan from Brooklyn)
|Lofton (56.2/34.1/45.2) is a bit below Bernie Williams (54.0/40.3/47.2) with far less postseason mojo (.247/.315/.352 in 95 games). If Tim Raines isn't over the top thanks to credit for being the second-best leadoff hitter of the modern era, there's no way in hell Lofton deserves credit for doing so in the homer-happy Nineties. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)|
|2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Can Dexter Fowler turn into Kenny Lofton-esque player?|
(Eli from Tucson)
|Kenny Lofton was a Hall of Fame quality player. Fowler is still fighting to not get platooned. He strikes out so much that I don't see him hitting hitting above .280, while Lofton was a .300 career hitter. But Fowler's supposedly going to lead off this year and play center, so I think that he'll definitely have some fantasy and real-world value. (Jeremy Greenhouse)|
|2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is the best player out of the group - Kenny Lofton, Brian “The Beard” Wilson, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, and fellow professional escort fan, Lenny Dykstra - Charlie Sheen flew in to his Major League viewing party?|
(ackley from pencey)
|I don't know what this question means, but I like it. (Jeremy Greenhouse)|
|2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Nyjer Morgan keep up his Kenny Lofton impression next year?|
(iorg34 from Buckland)
|Not much of an impression even now. I love watching him play, actually, but he's really just a useful fourth outfielder. (Ken Funck)|
|2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Your thoughts on the future production of Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus? What is their upside as you see it and who gets there first? Thanks.|
(tommybones from brooklyn)
|Fowler's upside is Kenny Lofton, but maybe more of a Devon White type of player. Rasmus...Curtis Granderson? (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How about Kenny Lofton's HOF chances?|
(Jim from (Cleveland))
|My guess is he's got a very small chance, especially when a legitimately superior leadoff man like Tim Raines can't get a fair shake. Nor do I think he should go... He started a bit late, so his peak came up quickly, and then that was followed by a long coda that had some good in it but also a lot of just decent performances. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Wouldn't Kenny Lofton be a better solution to the Met's LF woes in Alou's absence than what they've come up with so far?|
(Glenn from NJ)
|Wrong park for that player. Still, I guess something is better than nothing. I'd like to see Evans given a little bit of a chance before they turn to yet another 2000-year-old ballpayer. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Your writeup of the Indians seemed to indicate that the vanishing of Hafner magnified the problems on the corners. What can Shapiro do to break the stalemate, given that the minors are just a long line of mediocrity in the near future like Francisco? They don't have assets to move and they don't have much money. |
(johnny from mpls)
|My expectation is that they'll stall as long as they can to lower the price on their targets, which I anticipate will be guys who, like Kenny Lofton last year, are free agents-to-be. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you see the Rays bringing Kenny Lofton or someone else to replace Rocco ?|
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
|I don't think they need to with Gomes around and the possibility that they could bring up someone like Justin Ruggiano or Fernando Perez. As good as Baldelli can be, I don't think this is a case where they have to react to strongly. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)||I can't help but think that the Padres still have half a dozen better options for their outfield then the guys they have slated now. The Red Sox and Angels have extra outfielders to trade. Kenny Lofton or Corey Patterson seem like reasonable fits when you consider the salary they'll be paying out to Jim Edmonds. When did KT get all Pat Gillick-y?|
(Wilson from Cambridge)
|I would have liked to see them snag Patterson so that Edmonds could play left field. The man cannot cover the ground in that park. He'd be an upgrade in left for one year, though. Lofton isn't the answer to play next to him...honestly, it might be worth seeing how much of Gary Matthews' Jr.'s contract the Angels are willing to eat.
If the outfield is Hairston/Headley, Edmonds and Giles, I weep for that flyball pitching staff. (Joe Sheehan)
|2008-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Re: the trivia question, is Kenny Lofton playing for the Giants or Patriots this year?|
(Bird from Knoxville, TN)
|I guess it's oddly refreshing that it appears nobody watched football yesterday. I'll give a hint: the player in question was a turnover machine in college and was a turnover machine yesterday as well. No, it's not Brett Favre. (Ken Pomeroy (Basketball))|
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