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15. Gil Hodges

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Gil Hodges

A large contingent of Dodger fans will maintain that Cooperstown’s greatest omission is that of Gil Hodges.  Considering he was one of the most consistent and best Home Run hitters of the 1950’s, these fans have a strong case.

A lot of players get called a model of consistency but Gil Hodges really fit that bill.  For eleven years in a row, he smacked twenty homers and delivered a three digit number Runs Batted In total for seven straight seasons.  He didn’t hit for a high average, but he did walk consistently enough to make up for it.  He was an athletic man and was a huge asset in the field with his fast hands and quick thinking.  Basically, he was the prototype for athletic first basemen that had good power and could bat clean up.

The knock on Hodges is that as proficient as he was for hitting the long ball, he never led the league in that category.  In fact, other than Games Played, Gil Hodges never led the league in any offensive category and though he always received a few MVP votes he was not a serious thought for any of them.  Even though, Hodges put up good power numbers, many have since surpassed but when he retired, everyone who was eligible and had more home runs had been inducted.  Hodges is currently the man who has received the most votes but has yet to be enshrined, and sadly that is the lone record that he does have.  Even sadder, that record seems fairly safe.

 

 

 

 

The Bullet Points:

 

Country of Origin:

Princeton, Indiana, U.S.A.

 

Eligible Since:

1969

 

Position:

1B, OF

 

Played for:

Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Mets

 

Major Accolades and Awards:

8 Time All Star (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 & 1957)

Gold Glove (3) (NL) (1957, 1958 & 1959)

World Series Rings (2) (Brooklyn Dodgers, 1955 & Los Angeles Dodgers, 1959)

 

Other Points of Note:

Top Ten MVP Finishes:

(NL: 1950, 8th) & (NL: 1957, 7th)

Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1958)

1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)

3 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)

6 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)

4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)

1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)

7 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)

1 Top Ten Finish (Doubles)

1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)

10 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)

7 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)

5 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)

1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)

3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)

6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)

 

Notable All Time Rankings:

68. Home Runs: 370

 

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

1969: 24.1

1970: 48.3

1971: 50.0

1972: 40.7

1973: 57.4

1974: 54.2

1975: 51.9

1976: 60.1

1977: 58.5

1978: 59.6

1979: 56.0

1980: 59.7

1981: 60.1

1982: 49.4

1983: 63.4

 

Should Be Inducted As A:

Brooklyn Dodger

 

Should Gil Hodges be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 52.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.6%

Comments   

 
0 #91 GW Smith 2013-12-03 17:07
(continued) ...HOF with Murray his doctor, nutritionist, video technician, his era, which allowed him to stay out of war, play 162 game seasons, face smaller strike zones, shorter mounds, and maybe even PEDs. Who knows? This is my point: you can't easily compare across eras, which "WAR" and "OPS+" try to do. WAR says that Murray calculates out to 61.3 and Hodges to 45.0. How? Good luck finding out. These calculations are so arcane that only the "experts" have the keys to the calculators. Yet leftist wanabe sportswriters fawn after them like the Holy Grail (Nothing personal, Darryl). Lesson: we shouldn't take them too seriously.
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0 #92 GW Smith 2013-12-03 21:17
Just for fun, let's compare Hodges to Eddie Murray, a great Hall of Fame first baseman, by averaging out their career numbers to one 550 AB season. Something an 8th grader could do. Remember, Murray got elected into the HOF on his first ballot. Pretty impressive! Murray also won 3 GG like Hodges, was elected to 8 All Stars like Hodges, won zero MVPs like Hodges, had four 30/100 seasons to Hodges' five, led his team to 3 World Series to Hodges' 7, hit zero game winning World Series hits to Hodges' 4, and is regarded as a great Hall of Famer, to which I agree. (Continued)
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0 #93 GW Smith 2013-12-03 21:18
Here's how their career numbers compare, based on their best RBI seasons and averaged to a 550 AB season -- Hodges to Murray: Hits 150.1 to 158.0, Runs 86.3 to 78.9, HRs 28.9 to 24.5, RBIs 99.5 to 93.1, RPA (Run Production Average) ( R + RBI - HR )(I know I used to say PDA, but I think RPA is more descriptive, so let's use RPA from now on) 156.9 to 147.5, BA .273 to .287, OBP .359 to .359, SLG 487 to 476, OPS 846 to 836. Notice anything? Hodges beats Murray in most categories! This my point! (continued)
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0 #94 GW Smith 2013-12-03 21:20
OK, let's show their best 7 years based on RBIs and adjust them to a 550 AB season (you could base it on runs, hits, BA, whatever, but it still comes out about the same) -- Hodges to Murray: Runs 96.0 to 90.0, Hits 162.4 to 165.7, HRs 32.1 to 27.7, RBIs 111.3 to 102.4, BA .284 to .301, and RPA 175.2 to 164.7 (This is the most valuable number). So, now, please tell me, why is Hodges not in the Hall of Fame? Is it all about reaching arbitrary milestones like 500 HR and 3000 Hits? What if it took a guy 30 years? Someday men will be able to play that long with improved medicine and training. This is why I think Hodges is getting a raw deal. All his great contemporaries want him in. So who is stopping him? In 1993 they voted him in but Campanella's vote was nullified at the last minute. Williams said he had to cast it in person, in Ted's house. Campy was in the hospital. He died 6 months later. He said "Gil Hodges is a Hall of Fame man." So did Mays, Kiner, and Musial. Enough said.
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0 #95 GW Smith 2014-01-07 17:25
Lu Patterson-Sisco shared your link: "Another great article about Gil Hodges with some nice remarks about Gil from Stan Musial. 2014 has got to be Gil's year to be inducted into the Hall!! In one of the Gil Hodges groups I belong to on FB a guy recently joined whose father worked as a radio engineer for the Mets. His father took him down onto the field to meet some of the Mets. Gil was the first one to come up to him and was always very friendly when he ran into him other times. The guy said he has nothing but respect for Gil Hodges for the kind of man he was and it always meant a lot to him as a kid that Gil was always so friendly to him. "
http://retrosimba.com/2011/12/26/cardinals-were-victims-of-historic-homers-by-gil-hodges/
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