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70.  Rusty Staub
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 1, 1944 in New Orleans, LA USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 09, 1963
  • Final Game: October 06, 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
 
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If the main criteria for the Hall is perseverance and effort than Rusty Staub should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer.  His hard work resulted in over 2,700 hits in a Major League career that many people who saw him early on would never have pegged him for an amount that high.

Nobody could ever accuse Staub of not giving everything he had regardless of the endeavor.  Those efforts included cooking, history and of course baseball.  They called him eccentric for these things, but his meticulous nature turned him into a pure hitter and gained him respect throughout the league.  He managed to get into six All Star Games but did so without showing a lot of power (though he did hit 25 homers twice) and without any real speed.  What he did do was hit for average consistently and walk frequently which enabled him even late in his career to be a solid asset as a pinch hitter.

Staub may have been freakishly consistent, but he was never dominant and was never a serious contender for any post season award.  Six All Star appearances were impressive but rarely has the Baseball Hall of Fame rewarded longevity without at least a flash of immortality.  If they did, Staub would be a good place to start.

Should Rusty Staub be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 1991
  • Position: First Base, Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Played For: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 6 Time All Star (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1976)
    Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1967)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1978, 5th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Home Runs)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 12.  Games Played: 2,951
    32.  Plate Appearances: 11,229
    33.  At Bats: 9,720
    48.  Walks: 1,255
    52.  Doubles: 499
    54.  Runs Batted In: 1,466
    57.  Hits: 2,716
    66.  Total Bases: 4,185
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1991: 6.3
    1992: 6.0
    1993: 7.6
    1994: 7.9
    1995: 5.0
    1996: 5.1
    1997: 3.8
  • Should be Inducted As A: Houston Astro

Should Rusty Staub be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.8%
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0 #3 Tiger Fan 2016-10-30 01:02
Rusty was one of the best hitters in the late 60s and through the 70's. He was very effective in knocking in runs. He had good power and was more of a line drive hitter who could really place the ball. He was the type of player opposing teams feared at the plate when there were men on base. He also had sustained productivity for a very long time as he played 23 years. I believe he deserves to be in the Hall. Although I am a Tiger Fan I think he should have an Expo hat in the Hall. It would be great for that franchise.
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0 #2 Timothy Hoover 2015-05-31 05:02
Had he played his final 5 seasons in the AL, he'd have been able to be used as a DH & may very well have collected 3000 hits
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0 #1 Common Knowledge 2012-07-24 13:39
You forgot to mention Rusty's biggest accomplishment: the only player to amass 500 hits with four different teams.
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