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24.  Jim Kaat
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 7, 1938 in Zeeland, MI USA
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: August 02, 1959
  • Final Game: July 01, 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1962
  • Gold Glove - 1963
  • Gold Glove - 1964
  • Gold Glove - 1965
  • Gold Glove - 1966
  • TSN All-Star - 1966
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1966
  • Gold Glove - 1967
  • Gold Glove - 1968
  • Gold Glove - 1969
  • Gold Glove - 1970
  • Gold Glove - 1971
  • Gold Glove - 1972
  • Gold Glove - 1973
  • Gold Glove - 1974
  • Gold Glove - 1975
  • TSN All-Star - 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1976
  • Gold Glove - 1977
 
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If durability was the main criteria to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame then Jim Kaat should have been in years ago.  Pitching in an astonishing twenty five Major League Seasons, Kaat was not just on the mound; he was a major contributor to every team he played for.

For fifteen years in a row, Jim Kaat accrued double digits in wins and for sixteen years in a row he won the Gold Glove for his defensive work on the mound.  Kaat would have probably had a Cy Young award had they awarded it separately by leagues in 1966 (he lost to Sandy Koufax).  Kaat’s athleticism allowed him to stay healthy and pitch in four separate decades spanning from Eisenhower to Reagan.  It was during the Reagan years that Kaat (then pitching out of the bullpen) won his first and only World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.

Jim Kaat had many good years in the majors but only two (1966 and 1975) that could be considered great.  This has always been the issue for Kaat as the Baseball Hall of Fame has always looked to reward greatness as opposed to those who were very good.  Considering that Jim Kaat had so many good years in Baseball, it is a little curious that he did not receive more support than he did.

Should Jim Kaat be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.5%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 3.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Zeeland, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1989
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Washington Senators
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1962, 1966 & 1975)
    Gold Glove (16) (AL) (14) (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975) (AL) (2) (1976 & 1977)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1966)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (1966 & 1973)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1966)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1966)
    Most Shutouts (1) (AL) (1962)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (AL) (1966)
    Lowest FIP (1) (AL) (1967)
    World Series Ring (1) (St. Louis Cardinals, 1982)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1966, 5th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1975, 4th)
    Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year (1966)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    13 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    1   Top Ten Finish (SO/9)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    4   Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    4   Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    4   Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    5   Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 17.   Games Started: 625
    24.   Games Played: 898
    25.   Innings Pitched: 4,530.3
    31.   Wins: 283
    36.   Strikeouts: 2,461
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1989: 19.5
    1990: 17.8
    1991: 14.0
    1992: 26.5
    1993: 29.6
    1994: 21.5
    1995: 21.7
    1996: 19.4
    1997: 22.6
    1998: 27.3
    1999: 20.1
    2000: 25.1
    2001: 26.2
    2002: 23.1
    2003: 26.2
  • Should be Inducted As A: Minnesota Twin

Should Jim Kaat be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.5%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 3.6%
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0 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-19 00:09
Very similar to Tommy John, a reliable compiler, but not elite and thus not a Hall of Famer. Would he have lasted so long were he not a lefty?
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0 #1 Bob Faust 2015-08-02 19:10
Anybody who pitches in the Bigs for 25 years, is a good hitter, fielder and pitcher with 283 career wins should be "IN"!
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