Hall of Fame Replacement Player

So we’re back into Hall of Fame voting and let’s just say if the BBWAA were in charge of creating an entire team, it’d be pretty awful at fielding (all LFs and 1Bs). Not to mention many incongruous arguments (most feared vs. umm … best player?).

Taken from Sean Smith of Baseball Projections and his list of top 500 position players, here’s the list of players who are/were eligible to get into the Hall of Fame and haven’t as of yet. Yes, Bagwell has the highest WAR among those players.


35 Jeff Bagwell B-Ref Page 79.9 1991 2005
42 Bill Dahlen B-Ref Page 75.9 1891 1911 HOM
45 Pete Rose B-Ref Page 75.4 1963 1986 HOM
55 Lou Whitaker B-Ref Page 69.5 1977 1995 HOM
59 Barry Larkin B-Ref Page 68.8 1986 2004 HOM
63 Bobby Grich B-Ref Page 67.6 1970 1986 HOM
66 Edgar Martinez B-Ref Page 67.2 1987 2004 HOM
67 Larry Walker B-Ref Page 67.1 1989 2005
69 Alan Trammell B-Ref Page 66.8 1977 1996 HOM
74 Ron Santo B-Ref Page 66.4 1960 1974 HOM
78 R. Palmeiro B-Ref Page 65.7 1986 2005
81 Tim Raines B-Ref Page 64.9 1980 2002 HOM
85 Roberto Alomar B-Ref Page 63.6 1988 2004 HOM
88 Mark McGwire B-Ref Page 63.1 1986 2001 HOM
89 Reggie Smith B-Ref Page 63.1 1966 1982 HOM
92 Joe Jackson B-Ref Page 62.9 1908 1920 HOM
96 Dwight Evans B-Ref Page 61.7 1972 1991 HOM
99 Graig Nettles B-Ref Page 61.3 1967 1988 HOM
101 Dick Allen B-Ref Page 61.1 1963 1977 HOM
102 K. Hernandez B-Ref Page 61.0 1974 1990 HOM
104 Buddy Bell B-Ref Page 60.7 1972 1989
105 Sal Bando B-Ref Page 60.5 1966 1981
106 W. Randolph B-Ref Page 60.4 1975 1992 HOM
108 Jimmy Wynn B-Ref Page 59.8 1963 1977 HOM
113 Sherry Magee B-Ref Page 59.1 1904 1919 HOM
114 Jack Glasscock B-Ref Page 58.6 1879 1895 HOM
116 Ken Boyer B-Ref Page 58.3 1955 1969 HOM
121 Will Clark B-Ref Page 57.4 1986 2000 HOM
124 Willie Davis B-Ref Page 57.1 1960 1979
127 Darrell Evans B-Ref Page 57.0 1969 1989 HOM
128 Bobby Bonds B-Ref Page 56.9 1968 1981
131 John Olerud B-Ref Page 56.6 1989 2005

Someone made a suggestion that looking at WAR for a one-stop stat is a little too simplified and I agree, but I love Sean Smith‘s WAR.

HOF cut-offs are kind of a personal thing; either you believe a player is worthy of being enshrined in the Hall for generations or you don’t. But everyone should have a cut-off player–that everyone below Player X does not deserve to get in.

I think John Olerud is my cut-off. Sensational average and on-base guy with some decent power. He had a great, long career and is only low on that list because the replacement level of his era on offense was exceedingly high.

There’s also a few guys on that list that deserve some credit that they never got. Bobby Bonds. Darrell Evans. Jimmy Wynn. Dick Allen. Reggie Smith. Bobby Grich especially. And then Will the Thrill …

As for some of the others, like Sal Bando, Buddy Bell and Ken Boyer, I’d have to give a second look, ’cause I don’t know much about them.

Here are some players well below Olerud that are in:

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179 King Kelly B-Ref Page 48.4 1878 1893 HOF HOM
180 Johnny Evers B-Ref Page 48.3 1902 1922 HOF
181 Joe Sewell B-Ref Page 48.1 1920 1933 HOF HOM
182 Tony Lazzeri B-Ref Page 48.1 1926 1939 HOF
183 Bobby Doerr B-Ref Page 48.0 1937 1951 HOF HOM
185 H. Jennings B-Ref Page 47.9 1891 1912 HOF
188 Larry Doby B-Ref Page 47.4 1947 1959 HOF
196 Edd Roush B-Ref Page 46.8 1913 1931 HOF
197 Orlando Cepeda B-Ref Page 46.6 1958 1974 HOF
200 Sam Thompson B-Ref Page 46.5 1885 1906 HOF
205 Dave Bancroft B-Ref Page 46.3 1915 1930 HOF
208 Ralph Kiner B-Ref Page 45.8 1946 1955 HOF
211 Earl Averill B-Ref Page 45.2 1929 1941 HOF
215 Kirby Puckett B-Ref Page 45.0 1984 1995 HOF
221 Earle Combs B-Ref Page 44.6 1924 1935 HOF
222 Nellie Fox B-Ref Page 44.6 1947 1965 HOF
233 Heinie Manush B-Ref Page 43.9 1923 1939 HOF
257 Phil Rizzuto B-Ref Page 41.6 1941 1956 HOF
258 Jim Rice B-Ref Page 41.5 1974 1989 HOF

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