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267. Art Fletcher
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 5, 1885 in Collinsville, IL USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 15, 1909
  • Final Game: September 16, 1922
  • MVP - 1913
  • MVP - 1914
 
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Art Fletcher made his way to the Major Leagues in 1909, where the Shortstop landed with the New York Giants.  Two years later, he was their starter, and he would be one of the best defensive players of the 1910s. 

Fletcher led the National League in Defensive bWAR three years in a row (1917-19), and he was second in that advanced metric four times.  Currently, in the top fifteen in Defensive bWAR all-time, Fletcher was not an elite hitter, but he did finish in the top ten in Batting Average twice, and he had 1,534 career Hits and a respectable lifetime Batting Average of .277, although his career OBP is a low .319.  He may not have drawn many Walks, but he led the NL in HBP five times, so Fletcher clearly had no problem leaning in to aid his team.

The Shortstop might not have won a World Series, but he played in four of them, and he was a reason that his respective teams got there.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Collinsville, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Short Stop
  • Played For: New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1) (NL) (1916)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (3) (NL) (1917, 1918 & 1919)
    Most Times Hit By Pitch (5) (NL) (1913, 1914, 1916, 1917 & 1918) 
    Most Assists (4) (NL) (1915, 1917, 1918 & 1919)

  • Other Points of Note:

    7 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Singles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    12. Defensive bWAR: 28.3
    29. Hit By Pitch: 141
    77. Assists: 5,254

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1937: 1.0%
    1938: 1.1%
    1939: 0.4%
    1947: 1.9%
    1948: 2.5%
    1949: 0.7%
    1950: 0.6%
    1951: 1.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Giant

Should Art Fletcher be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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