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111. Buddy Bell

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111. Buddy Bell
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 15, 1972
  • Final Game: June 17, 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • TSN All-Star - 1981
  • Gold Glove - 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1984
  • Silver Slugger - 1984
  • TSN All-Star - 1984
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1988
  • MVP - 1979
  • MVP - 1980
  • MVP - 1981
  • MVP - 1982
  • MVP - 1984
 
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Many baseball players are considered underrated, but we will argue that Buddy Bell is on the Mount Rushmore of that list.

That likely happened because he never appeared in a playoff game and his runs with the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers were when they were overall not very good teams.  It also was a part that his defense was his real strength, but while he earned six Gold Gloves, this was also a player who finished first in Defensive bWAR twice and was in the top eight six other times.   

Bell was not a one-trick player, as he knew his way around the batter's box.  The Third Baseman would have ten 150 Hit seasons and twelve years where he would have over 10 Home Runs.  Bell would accumulate 2,514 Hits with 201 Home Runs, which is an excellent metric for any baseball player.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Position: Third Base
  • Played For: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (5) (1973, 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1984)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1) (1988)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) 1984)
    Gold Glove (6) (AL) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (2) (AL) (1979 & 1981)
    Most At Bats (1) (AL) (1979) 
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (AL) (1981)
    Most Total Zone Runs (2) (AL) (1979 & 1981)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (AL: 1979, 10th
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Offensive bWAR)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+) 
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Extra Base Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Offensive bWAR)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    25. Defensive bWAR: 23.8
    76. At Bats: 8,995
    81. Singles: 1,832
    86. Games Played: 
    86. Plate Appearances: 10,009
    91. bWAR for Position Players: 66.3
    96. Sacrifice Hits: 80

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1995: 1.7%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Texas Ranger

Should Buddy Bell be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 33.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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