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Are Sosa, Lofton, McGriff & Palmeiro Hall of Famers?

By bullpenbrian - January 4, 2013 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

On the blog Baseball: Past & Present, Graham Womack posted an article on the 50 best players not enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Four former Cubs made the list according to 148 different voters as part of the project. Below is summary taken from the post about each Cubs player.

To read the full article click here.

Rafael Palmeiro rarely seems to get his due despite an impressive resume. He is 12th all-time with 569 home runs, tied for 6th all-time with 1192 extra-base hits, 11th all-time with 5388 total bases, tied for 19th all-time with 4460 times on base, and a member of the 3000 hit club.

Sammy Sosa’s Hall of Fame case comes down to power– the power needed to blast home runs and the power of round numbers and recognizable milestones. Slammin’ Sammy is the only player to ever hit 60 home runs in three different seasons and one of eight to crack 600 long balls in his career.

But as Sosa got older and his offensive numbers soared, the right fielder’s defensive and base-running abilities shriveled, until he was essentially a one-dimensional masher. In the end, Sosa’s candidacy comes down to personal voter philosophy.

Kenny Lofton’s legacy is hurt by his having been an almost exact contemporary of Ken Griffey Jr., the greatest centerfielder of the last 40 years. Griffey captivated fans and media members in a way few players in history have, forcing Lofton to work in his vast shadow.

During his prime (1992-1999) Lofton had a slash line of .311/.387/.432. He terrorized pitchers by getting on base at a high clip and stealing more bases than anyone in baseball, with an 80 percent success rate. He played Gold Glove caliber defense too.

Fred McGriff. When he retired in 2004, I thought Fred McGriff was a pretty solid bet to gain eventual enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. His overall mark of 493 home runs ties him with the immortal Lou Gehrig at tenth currently all-time for first basemen (Pujols should pass them both sometime in 2013.)

His 2,239 games played as a first basemen place him third all time. In his fifteen seasons as a full-time player from 1988 to 2002, his 458 home runs, 1460 RBI, 2329 hits and 59.5 fWAR rank third, second, third and fifth respectively among first basemen.

A five-time All-Star, McGriff was somehow not named an All-Star in 1989 and 1993, seasons in which he later won the Silver Slugger award. McGriff also won the Silver Slugger award in 1992. Though he never won an MVP award, McGriff did finish in the top ten of the voting six times.

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Bullpen Session – Leg Lamp

By bullpenbrian - December 30, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

–Another holiday season in the books. As always, I ate way too much dessert and starved my body of way too much beauty sleep. Oh, the holidays!

–Nothing beats a Best Buy gift card. Got two of them, but not sure how I’ll spend the plastic. Last year was a new PC. Still weighing my options for this January.

–Also got a new pair of comfy lounge pants. It’s an Indianapolis Colts print, hand-made by Momma Bear, and similar to my Cubs pants, which could use their own offseason.

–The best gift, however, wasn’t mine. Although, I wouldn’t mind having one. A miniature Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story. Twenty-bucks at Walgreens.

Best articles I read this week: SI.com’s rating of media sports personalities and Ron Santo’s last gift to his family.

Best meal this week: M. Henry’s breakfast burrito. Dear Lord, it’s tasty.

Best holiday commercial is Kahlua’s new campaign.

–Watched some good flicks this week, too. The Town, staring Ben Affleck, was terrific, and of course, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But the best was Rocky III & IV. Gets me throwing punches every time!

–MEANWHILE, some baseball and our CUBS…

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