Fred Taylor Retires

11, 695 Career Rushing Yards is an exceptional total and this will put Fred Taylor at number 15 All Time in that category.  Sounds impressive right?  It is, but does that make him a Hall of Famer?  We may have the Fred McGriff of the NFL, where as Fred Taylor racked up solid stats, so did a pile of other Running Backs.  Taylor did the bulk of pro career in Jacksonville, which is hardly the mecca for Professional Football.  Only one time did Taylor make a Pro Bowl, which again speaks to the elite group of Running Backs who he played at the same time as.  Fred Taylor will make our list when eligible...we just don't know where we will put him.
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-1 #6 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I'm not so sure about Yankee love. Sheffield did not leave on good terms. Plus, outside of Catfish Hunter, the only thing borderline Yankee candidates get is an extended stay on the ballot. The HOF voters really don't follow that Sportscenter East Coast bias.
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0 #5 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
With Sheffield, I think it comes down to everyone' ;s attitude with the Mitchell report. Because he and Bonds were the two major names in the Balco suit (which frankly I had forgotten, even as a Red Sox fan/Yankee hater).

According to Hall of Fame Monitor and Hall of Fame Standards he is well above the average Hall of Famer. His comparables are Mel Ott, Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Fred McGriff, Mickey Mantle, Billy Williams, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas, Al Kaline and Chipper Jones. Other than McGriff, that is a wall of Hall of Famers.

Plus he has the Yankees love working for him. I think he probably has a better shot than McGriff (again depending on what they ever decide to do with the PED users, because they really need to figure that out and right soon).
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0 #4 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Commercial stardom should equal Hall votes!!!! or so Mark McGwire hopes. With the name sthat cGriff is with, the one that stuck out to me wa Sheffield. Got this feeling he may not be a sure thing.
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0 #3 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Which is too bad really, since McGriff has five All Star teams and three silver sluggers to his credit (as well as a World Series ring). His stats put him at or right below the average Hall of Famer (according to the Hall of Fame Monitor and Hall of Fame Standards methodology).

Baseball reference lists his 10 most similar batters as: Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Carlos Delgado, Billy Williams, Gary Sheffield, Andres Gallarraga, Eddie Matthews, and Jim Thome.

Of those 10 guys, McCovey, Stargell, Williams, and Matthews are in the Hall of Fame, and Bagwell, Thomas, Sheffield and Thome are 90% locks.

So it looks like he should at least be a serious contender, even if he ended up with 493 HRs instead of 500.


Plus he is the star of the longest running commercial in American television history, the Tom Emansky video. So that has to count for something, right?
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0 #2 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Love the line about "compil ers". I think in baseball that is what keeps Fred McGriff from being a serious contender.
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0 #1 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Fred Taylor is going to have the same question as Kerry Collins whenever he finally retires. With the yards he threw for yesterday in Indy's debacle of a loss, he passed Joe Montana for 10th all time in passing yardage. And he is about 2,500 yards short of Dan Fouts in 9th (so there is an outside shot he passes him depending on how many games he plays this season for the Colts).

The question is are Taylor and Collins actually great or are they just compilers? And really is there a difference between those two things?
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