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39.  Harold Baines
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 15, 1959 in Easton, MD USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 10, 1980
  • Final Game: September 27, 2001
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1988
  • Silver Slugger - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
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The earlier entry of Edgar Martinez discusses him as the Designated Hitter who has the best chance to reach Cooperstown.  If that is the case, what about Harold Baines who actually has some career numbers that eclipse Martinez?

Harold Baines was one of the game’s most consistent hitters.  Year after year, Baines would put up respectable numbers averaging near twenty homers per season with a career Batting Average of .289.  As Baines lasted twenty two seasons, he managed to get Hall of Fame worthy numbers that flirted with the 3,000 hit plateau and 350 Home Runs.  Many Hall of Fame inductees have numbers comparable to Baines.

Of course, there are reasons why Harold Baines has been far from a sure thing for induction.  Aside from being a Designated Hitter, Baines never posted a monster season, or really anything that flirted with MVP caliber.  He may have went yard 384 times, but never did so thirty times in a season.  He never dominated any offensive category, and though he was a consistent and very good clutch hitter (as evidenced by his high career RBI total), he was not a guy you could build a team around.

Had his knees held up for a longer period of time and enabled him to play in the field more it is possible that he would have a greater chance.  As it stands now, Baines will probably not increase his support any more than he already has.

Should Harold Baines be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Easton, Maryland, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Played For: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 6 Time All Star (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 & 1999)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) (1989)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (AL) (1984)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1983, 10th) & (AL: 1985, 9th)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Most Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Most Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Most Home Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Most Triples)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Most Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 19.   Games Played: 19
    22.   Intentional Walks: 187
    31.   At Bats: 9,908
    32.   Runs Batted In: 1,628
    37.   Plate Appearances: 11,092
    42.   Total Bases: 4,604
    46.   Hits: 2,866
    65.   Home Runs: 384
    73.   Doubles: 488
    97.   Win Probability Added: 32.3
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2007: 5.3
    2008: 5.2
    2009: 5.9
    2010: 6.1
    2011: 4.8
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago White Sox

Should Harold Baines be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.9%


-1 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-21 00:04
Leaving aside the DH bias, Baines was an outstanding hitter. He was not a league-leade r, he didn't not have awesome peaks, and he did not pile up eye-popping counting numbers. Not a Hall of Fame-caliber hitter.
0 #1 Charles Reed 2015-06-30 18:14
He needs to be in the HOF period, there is nothing else to say. Wake up voters

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