If I Had a Vote in the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame Election

If I Had a Vote in the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame Election
23 Jan
2021
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Appendix: Player Statistics

This section contains career statistics for all the player-candidates appearing on the 2021 Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The statistics have been broken out separately for position players, starting pitchers, and relief pitchers, in that order. All three candidate sections contain tables listing statistics for player value (Hall of Fame statistics), longevity (volume or quantitative statistics), effectiveness (rate or qualitative statistics), and recognition (awards and leaderboard statistics); the relief-pitcher section contains an additional effectiveness table for statistics more specific to a reliever's closely-defined role.

Beneath the first instance of each table are descriptions of the statistics listed in the table. Those descriptions are not repeated in subsequent tables although any new statistics are described. Note: Standard or traditional statistics and their common abbreviations (for example, HR for home runs) are not defined. Readers who have come this far are assumed to know these already.

Position Players on the 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot

The following tables contain statistics for the 15 position players on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.

As with starting- and relief pitchers, these four tables help to illustrate the qualities of position-player value (Hall of Fame statistics), longevity (volume statistics), effectiveness (rate statistics), and recognition (awards and leader statistics) that distinguish a Hall of Fame-caliber position player from other position players. They might not tell the entire story, but they compose a significant portion of it.

The table below details the Hall of Fame statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table) for the position players on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by bWAR. Position players appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Hall of Fame Statistics for Position Players on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by bWAR

Player

Pos.

fWAR

bWAR

WAR7

JAWS

JAWS Rank*

WPA

HoF Mon.

(≈100)

HoF Std.

(≈50)

Bonds, Barry

LF

164.4

162.8

72.7

117.7

1

127.7

340

76

Rolen, Scott

3B

69.9

70.1

43.6

56.9

10

30.9

99

40

Ramirez, Manny

LF

66.3

69.3

39.9

54.6

10

56.1

226

69

Jones, Andruw

CF

67.0

62.7

46.4

54.6

11

12.5

109

34

Helton, Todd

1B

54.9

61.8

46.6

54.2

15

52.7

175

59

Sheffield, Gary

RF

62.1

60.5

38.0

49.3

23

59.9

158

61

Abreu, Bobby

RF

59.8

60.2

41.6

50.9

20

49.0

94

54

Sosa, Sammy

RF

60.1

58.6

43.8

51.2

18

25.0

202

52

Kent, Jeff

2B

56.0

55.4

35.8

45.6

21

22.9

122

51

Hunter, Torii

CF

43.0

50.1

30.8

40.4

34

3.8

58

34

Vizquel, Omar

SS

42.5

45.6

26.8

36.2

41

–17.5

120

42

Ramirez, Aramis

3B

38.5

32.4

29.4

30.9

61

26.9

85

39

Victorino, Shane

CF

29.3

31.5

28.9

30.2

74

6.5

32

15

Swisher, Nick

RF

25.1

21.4

23.4

22.4

101

8.3

14

19

Cuddyer, Michael

RF

17.1

17.7

15.4

16.6

145

5.2

26

19


fWAR:
Career Wins Above Replacement as calculated by FanGraphs.

bWAR: Career Wins Above Replacement as calculated by Baseball Reference.

WAR7: The sum of a player's best seven seasons as defined by bWAR; they need not be consecutive seasons.

JAWS: Jaffe WAR Score system—an average of a player's career WAR and his seven-year WAR peak.

JAWS Rank: The player's ranking at that position by JAWS rating. (*) In this table, JAWS rank is for the player at his primary position only and is not a ranking of all position players.

WPA: Win Probability Added, the likelihood that a player has influenced the outcome of a given game through his offensive contribution.

Hall of Fame Monitor: An index of how likely a player is to be inducted to the Hall of Fame based on his entire playing record (offensive, defensive, awards, position played, postseason success), with an index score of 100 being a good possibility and 130 a "virtual cinch." Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.

Hall of Fame Standards: An index of performance standards, indexed to 50 as being the score for an average Hall of Famer. Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.


The table below details the volume statistics, or the counting numbers or quantitative statistics, for the position players appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by hits. Position players appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Volume Statistics for Position Players on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Hits

 

GP

PA

H

2B

HR

R

RBI

BB

SB

Bonds, Barry

2986

12,606

2935

601

762

2227

1996

2558

514

Vizquel, Omar

2968

12,013

2877

456

80

1445

951

1028

404

Sheffield, Gary

2576

10,947

2689

467

509

1636

1676

1475

253

Ramirez, Manny

2302

9774

2574

547

555

1544

1831

1329

38

Helton, Todd

2247

9453

2519

592

369

1401

1406

1335

37

Abreu, Bobby

2425

10,081

2470

574

288

1453

1363

1476

400

Kent, Jeff

2298

9537

2461

560

377

1320

1518

801

94

Hunter, Torii

2372

9692

2452

498

353

1296

1391

661

195

Sosa, Sammy

2354

9896

2408

379

609

1475

1667

929

234

Ramirez, Aramis

2194

8986

2303

495

386

1098

1417

633

29

Rolen, Scott

2038

8518

2077

517

316

1211

1287

899

118

Jones, Andruw

2196

8664

1933

383

434

1204

1289

891

152

Cuddyer, Michael

1536

6102

1522

333

197

809

794

527

75

Swisher, Nick

1527

6308

1338

307

245

805

803

817

13

Victorino, Shane

1299

5164

1274

231

108

731

489

381

231



The table below details the rate statistics, or the qualitative numbers (explained in the legend beneath the table), for the position players appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by Adjusted Weighted Runs Created. Position players appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Rate Statistics for Position Players on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Adjusted Weighted Runs Created

 

Slash Line

wOBA

wRC+

OPS+

WAA

RAA

oWAR

Bonds, Barry

.298/.444/.607/.1.051

.435

173

182

123.8

1251

143.6

Ramirez, Manny

.312/.411/.585/.996

.418

153

154

35.7

369

81.8

Sheffield, Gary

.292/.393/.514/.907

.391

141

140

26.0

278

80.8

Helton, Todd

.316/.414/.539/.953

.405

132

133

33.4

362

54.5

Abreu, Bobby

.291/.395/.475/.870

.378

129

128

28.3

300

61.6

Sosa, Sammy

.273/.344/.534/.878

.370

124

128

28.3

307

50.3

Kent, Jeff

.290/.356/.500/.855

.367

123

123

26.6

290

60.1

Rolen, Scott

.281/.364/.490/.855

.368

122

122

44.0

456

52.7

Ramirez, Aramis

.283/.341/.492/.833

.357

115

115

5.0

71

41.9

Swisher, Nick

.249/.351/.447/.799

.348

114

113

–0.9

–14

24.2

Cuddyer, Michael

.277/.344/.461/.805

.349

112

113

–3.4

–37

27.8

Jones, Andruw

.254/.337/.486/.823

.352

111

111

35.9

378

39.8

Hunter, Torii

.277/.331/.461/.793

.342

110

110

15.8

146

47.5

Victorino, Shane

.275/.340/.425/.765

.336

104

102

15.9

155

23.8

Vizquel, Omar

.272/.336/.352/.688

.310

83

82

5.3

51

32.9


Slash Line:
Grouping of the player's career batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

wOBA: Weighted on-base average as calculated by FanGraphs. Weighs singles, extra-base hits, walks, and hits by pitch; generally, .400 is excellent and .320 is league-average.

wRC+: Career weighted Runs Created, league- and park-adjusted, as calculated by FanGraphs. Positively indexed to 100, with a 100 wRC+ indicating a league-average player, and values above 100 indicating the degrees better a player is than a league-average player.

OPS+: Career on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, league- and park-adjusted, as calculated by Baseball Reference. Positively indexed to 100, with a 100 OPS+ indicating a league-average player, and values above 100 indicating the degrees better a player is than a league-average player.

WAA: Wins Above Average, the number of wins the player is worth above a league-average player.

RAA: Runs Above Average, the number of runs the player is worth above a league-average player.

oWAR: Offensive Wins Above Replacement, Baseball Reference's WAR without defensive computation.


The table below details the awards and leader statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table) for the position players appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by Black Ink Test. Position players appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Awards and Leaders Statistics for Position Players on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Black-Ink Test

Player

MVP

MVP Top 10

All-Star

Silver Slugger

Gold Glove

RoY

Black Ink

Gray Ink

Bonds, Barry

7

13

14

12

8

0

69

289

Sosa, Sammy

1

7

7

6

0

0

28

138

Ramirez, Manny

0

9

12

9

0

0

21

154

Helton, Todd

0

3

5

4

3

0

16

143

Jones, Andruw

0

2

5

1

10

0

10

47

Abreu, Bobby

0

0

2

1

1

0

5

88

Sheffield, Gary

0

6

11

5

0

0

4

123

Cuddyer, Michael

0

0

2

1

0

0

4

15

Ramirez, Aramis

0

3

3

1

0

0

2

53

Victorino, Shane

0

0

2

0

4

0

2

26

Kent, Jeff

1

4

5

4

0

0

0

71

Hunter, Torii

0

1

5

2

9

0

0

29

Swisher, Nick

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

29

Rolen, Scott

0

1

7

1

7

1

0

27

Vizquel, Omar

0

0

3

0

11

0

0

25


MVP:
Most Valuable Player Award.

MVP Top 10: Number of times a player finished in the top 10 of his league's MVP voting. Includes an MVP win.

Silver Slugger Award: Awarded to the best offensive player at every position.

RoY: Rookie of the Year Award.

Black Ink Test: Weighted measurement of times a player led his league in significant batting statistics. An average Hall of Famer has a measurement of about 27. Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.

Gray-Ink Test: Weighted measurement of times a player appeared in the top ten of his league in significant batting statistics. An average Hall of Famer has a measurement of about 144. Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.

Starting Pitchers on the 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot

The following tables contain statistics for the eight starting pitchers on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.

As with position players and relief pitchers, these four tables help to illustrate the qualities of starting-pitcher value (Hall of Fame statistics), longevity (volume statistics), effectiveness (rate statistics), and recognition (awards and leader statistics) that distinguish a Hall of Fame-caliber starting pitcher from other starters. They might not tell the entire story, but they compose a significant portion of it.

The table below details the Hall of Fame statistics for all the starting pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by bWAR. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type. (See the legend beneath the table for position players above for explanations of the categories.)

Hall of Fame Statistics for Starting Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by bWAR

Player

fWAR

bWAR

WAR7

JAWS

JAWS Rank

WPA

HoF Mon.

(≈100)

HoF Std.

(≈50)

Clemens, Roger

133.7

139.2

65.9

102.5

3

77.7

332

73

Schilling, Curt

79.8

79.5

48.6

64.0

28

35.3

171

46

Pettitte, Andy

68.2

60.2

34.1

47.2

91

24.2

128

44

Buehrle, Mark

52.3

59.2

35.8

47.5

90

17.2

52

31

Hudson, Tim

48.9

58.1

38.3

48.2

84

29.8

66

42

Haren, Dan

40.4

35.0

33.2

24.1

206

12.1

30

26

Zito, Barry

30.2

31.9

30.6

31.2

249

6.8

48

19

Burnett, A.J.

42.5

28.8

21.7

25.3

352

6.6

29

20


WPA:
Win Probability Added, the likelihood that a starting pitcher has influenced the outcome of a given game through his pitching contribution.

The table below details the volume statistics, or the counting numbers or quantitative statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table), for all the starting pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by innings pitched. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Volume Statistics for Starting Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Innings Pitched

Pitcher

GS

IP

Win-Loss

PCT

Hits

HR

BB

SO

Clemens, Roger

707

4916.2

354–184

.658

4185

363

1580

4672

Pettitte, Andy

521

3316.0

256–153

.626

3448

288

1031

2448

Buehrle, Mark

493

3283.1

214–160

.572

3472

361

734

1870

Schilling, Curt

436

3261.0

216–146

.597

2998

347

711

3116

Hudson, Tim

479

3126.2

222–133

.625

2957

248

917

2080

Burnett, A.J.

430

2731.1

164–157

.511

2519

263

1100

2513

Zito, Barry

421

2576.2

165–143

.536

2381

282

1064

1885

Haren, Dan

380

2419.2

153–131

.539

2357

305

500

2013


GS
: Career games started.

IP: Career innings pitched.

Win-Loss: Career win-loss record.

PCT: Career win-loss percentage.

The table below details the rate statistics, or the qualitative numbers (explained in the legend beneath the table), for the starting pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by weighted Adjusted Earned Run Average Plus (ERA+). Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Rate Statistics for Starting Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by ERA+

Pitcher

ERA

ERA+

RA9

FIP

WHIP

RAA

WAA

SO9

SO/W

Clemens, Roger

3.12

143

3.45

3.09

1.173

853

93.9

8.6

2.96

Schilling, Curt

3.46

127

3.64

3.23

1.137

486

53.9

8.6

4.38

Hudson, Tim

3.49

120

3.80

3.78

1.239

283

30.0

6.0

2.27

Buehrle, Mark

3.81

117

4.23

4.11

1.281

275

29.4

5.1

2.55

Pettitte, Andy

3.85

117

4.27

3.74

1.351

286

29.8

6.6

2.37

Haren, Dan

3.75

109

4.11

3.78

1.181

105

11.8

7.5

4.03

Zito, Barry

4.04

105

4.38

4.39

1.337

94

10.1

6.6

1.77

Burnett, A.J.

3.99

104

4.38

3.86

1.325

53

6.0

8.3

2.28


ERA
: Career earned run average.

ERA+: Career ERA, league- and park-adjusted, as calculated by Baseball Reference. Positively indexed to 100, with a 100 ERA+ indicating a league-average pitcher, and values above 100 indicating the degrees better a pitcher is than a league-average pitcher.

RA9: Career runs allowed per nine innings pitched. Includes unearned runs.

FIP: Career fielding-independent pitching. Measures effectiveness at minimizing home runs, walks, and hits by pitch and at maximizing strikeouts.

WHIP: Career walks and hits allowed per innings pitched.

WAA: Wins Above Average, the number of wins the player is worth above a league-average player.

RAA: Runs Above Average, the number of runs the player is worth above a league-average player.

SO9: Career strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

SO/W: Career strikeouts-to-walks ratio.


The table below details the awards and leader statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table) for the starting pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by Black Ink Test. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Awards and Leaders Statistics for Starting Pitchers on the 202` BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Black-Ink Test

Player

CYA

CYA Top 5

MVP Top 10

All-Star

Gold Glove

RoY

Black Ink

Gray Ink

Clemens, Roger

7

10

5 (1)

11

0

0

100

320

Schilling, Curt

0

4

2

6

0

0

42

205

Buehrle, Mark

0

1

0

5

4

0

12

116

Hudson, Tim

0

3

0

4

0

0

11

143

Burnett, A.J.

0

0

0

1

0

0

9

61

Zito, Barry

1

1

0

3

0

0

8

88

Pettitte, Andy

0

4

0

3

0

0

7

103

Haren, Dan

0

1

0

3

0

0

3

94


CYA:
Cy Young Award.

CYA Top 5: Number of times a player finished in the top 5 of his league's Cy Young Award voting. Includes a Cy Young Award MVP win.

MVP Top 10: Number of times a player finished in the top 10 of his league's MVP voting. Includes an MVP win. (*) Indicates that the pitcher won at least one MVP Award.

Black Ink Test: Weighted measurement of times a pitcher led his league in significant pitching statistics. An average Hall of Famer has a measurement of about 40. Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.

Gray-Ink Test: Weighted measurement of times a pitcher appeared in the top ten of his league in significant pitching statistics. An average Hall of Famer has a measurement of about 185. Developed by Baseball Reference from a creation by Bill James.

Relief Pitchers on the 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot

The following tables contain statistics for the two relief pitchers, LaTroy Hawkins and Billy Wagner, on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.

As with both position players and starting pitchers, these five tables help to illustrate the qualities of relief-pitcher value (Hall of Fame statistics), longevity (volume statistics), effectiveness (rate statistics and relief pitcher effectiveness), and recognition (awards and leader statistics) that distinguish a Hall of Fame-caliber relief pitcher from other relievers. They might not tell the entire story, but they compose a significant portion of it.

Another crucial point specific to Hawkins and Wagner: There is no comparison between the two. For one thing, Wagner was almost exclusively used as a closer while Hawkins, although he accrued 127 saves, was primarily a setup man, as evinced by his 185 holds. For another, Wagner is clearly the elite relief pitcher, as evinced by his rate and effectiveness statistics. It might not seem fair to compare the two in the first place, but ultimately each is competing for votes on the ballot.

The table below details the Hall of Fame statistics for the relief pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by bWAR. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type. (See the legend beneath the table for position players above for explanations of the categories.)

Hall of Fame Statistics for Relief Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by bWAR

Player

fWAR

bWAR

WAR7

JAWS

JAWS Rank

WPA

HoF Mon.

(≈100)

HoF Std.

(≈50)

Wagner, Billy

24.0

27.7

19.8

23.7

19

29.1

107

24

Hawkins, LaTroy

14.7

17.8

16.1

17.0

72

1.7

36

4


WPA:
Win Probability Added, the likelihood that a relief pitcher has influenced the outcome of a given game through his pitching contribution.


The table below details the volume statistics, or the counting numbers or quantitative statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table), for the relief pitchers appearing appear on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by appearances. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Volume Statistics for Relief Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Appearances

Pitcher

APP

IP

SV

BS

HLD

Hits

HR

BB

SO

Hawkins, LaTroy

1042

1467.1

127

63

185

1607

163

456

983

Wagner, Billy

853

903.0

422

69

13

601

82

300

1196


APP
: Career appearances.

IP: Career innings pitched.

SV: Career saves.

BS: Career blown saves.

HLD: Career holds.


The table below details the rate statistics, or the qualitative numbers (explained in the legend beneath the table), for the relief pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by weighted Adjusted Earned Run Average Plus (ERA+). Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Rate Statistics for Relief Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by ERA+

Pitcher

ERA

ERA+

RA9

FIP

WHIP

RAA

WAA

SO9

SO/W

Wagner, Billy

2.31

187

2.61

2.73

0.998

160

16.5

11.9

3.99

Hawkins, LaTroy

4.31

106

4.68

4.18

1.406

31

4.1

6.0

2.16


ERA
: Career earned run average.

ERA+: Career ERA, league- and park-adjusted, as calculated by Baseball Reference. Positively indexed to 100, with a 100 ERA+ indicating a league-average pitcher, and values above 100 indicating the degrees better a pitcher is than a league-average pitcher.

RA9: Career runs allowed per nine innings pitched. Includes unearned runs.

FIP: Career fielding-independent pitching. Measures effectiveness at minimizing home runs, walks, and hits by pitch and at maximizing strikeouts.

WHIP: Career walks and hits allowed per innings pitched.

WAA: Wins Above Average, the number of wins the player is worth above a league-average player.

RAA: Runs Above Average, the number of runs the player is worth above a league-average player.

SO9: Career strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

SO/W: Career strikeouts-to-walks ratio.


The table below details the relief-pitcher effectiveness statistics (explained in the legend beneath the table) for the relief pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by Average Leverage Index (aLI). Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type.

Relief Pitchers Effectiveness for Relief Pitchers on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Average Leverage Index

Pitcher

Slash Line

SV%

aLI

IR

IS

IS%

SO%

Wagner, Billy

.187/.262/.296/.558

86

1.812

166

46

28

33.2

Hawkins, LaTroy

.279/.332/.424/.756

67

1.294

299

93

31

15.6


Slash Line:
Aggregate opposing hitters' batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage plus slugging percentage against the pitcher.

SV%: Career save percentage, total saves divided by total save opportunities, with save opportunities the total of all saves and all blown saves.

aLI: Average leverage index, or the amount of pressure faced by a pitcher, with 1.0 indicating average pressure and values greater than 1.0 indicating high pressure.

IR: Career inherited runners. Number of runners on base when a pitcher entered the game.

IS: Career inherited runners scored. Number of a pitcher’s inherited runners who scored. Note that these runs are charged to the previous pitcher.

IS%: Career percentage of inherited runners who score while the pitcher is in the game.

SO%: Career strikeout percentage, or the percentage of all plate appearances that result in a strikeout.

The table below details the awards and leader statistics for the relief pitchers appearing on the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by Black Ink Test. Starting pitchers appearing for the first time on the ballot are in bold type. (See the legend beneath the table for starting pitchers above for category descriptions.)

Awards and Leaders Statistics for Relief Pitchers on the2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, Ranked by Black-Ink Test

Player

CYA

CYA Top 5

MVP Top 10

All-Star

Gold Glove

RoY

Black Ink

Gray Ink

Wagner, Billy

0

1

0

7

0

0

0

31

Hawkins, LaTroy

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6


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