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29. Ross Barnes
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 8, 1850 in Mount Morris, NY USA
  • Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 05, 1871
  • Final Game: September 21, 1881
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An argument has been made that Ross Barnes was the greatest baseball player of all time in the League.  Unfortunately, that aforementioned League was the National Association and not the current Leagues that are known today.

The argument of Ross Barnes’ skills is easy to make.  He led the Baseball association in traditional and sabremetric categories multiple times and was called the most valuable teammate amongst his peers; many of which would go on to Cooperstown themselves.  In 1877, Barnes fell ill from a severe fever and was ever the same player after that.  He was out of baseball by age 31, and many have speculated that had he not suffered from poor health, he would have been elected as a pioneer of the game.  As it stands now, he is a forgotten workhorse of a bygone era.

Should Ross Barnes be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 80.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.8%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 7.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Mount Morris, NY
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Played For: Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, Cincinnati Reds
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Highest bWAR for Position Players (4) (NA) (1871, 1872, 1873 & 1875)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (3) (NA) (1871 & 1872) & (NL) (1876)
    Highest Batting Average (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
    Highest On Base Percentage (3) (NA) (1873 & 1875) (NL) (1876)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
    Highest OPS (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
    Highest OPS+ (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1976)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NA) (1873)
    Most Runs Scored (4) (NA) (1871, 1873 & 1875) (NL) (1876)
    Most Hits (4) (NA) (1872, 1873, 1875) (NL) (1876)
    Most Total Bases (4) (NA) (1871, 1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
    Most Doubles (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
    Most Triples (2) (NA) (1873) (NL) (1876)
    Most Walks (2) (NA) (1873) (NL) (1876)
    Most Stolen Bases (1) (NA) (1873)
    Most Singles (2) (NA) (1875) (NL) (1876)
    Most Extra Base Hits (3) (NA) (1872 & 1873) (NL) (1876)
  • Other Points of Note: 6 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: None.
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1936: 3.8 (Veterans)
  • Should be Inducted As A: Boston Red Stocking

Should Ross Barnes be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 80.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.8%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 7.5%
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0 #2 Sean DeMarco SeanAKADeViLzzz 2016-10-08 10:58
Look at his yearly stats and you'd have to be insane to say he shouldn't be in the HOF. Also like it says HOFers regarded him as the MPV amongst them all. Put him in the HOF .. yesterday.
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-20 23:57
Ranked far too highly here. There are too many players who have played in the last 100 years who deserve more consideratio n, let alone a player from the 19th century.

The early decades have been combed over many times. Barnes played a tick under 500 games in nine years, amassing a bWAR under 30. He is not overlooked.
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