Monday, August 4, 2014

Tiger Pitcher Autographs

For the past five years I have been collecting autographs of all current/former Tiger pitchers. My old website is not accessible so I have added that collection on here.                                     

 

                                        Tiger Pitcher Autographs: 120


I am trying to collect autographs of everyone who has ever pitched a game in a Detroit Tigers uniform. So far I have...
 Percentage: 121/774 15.63% 
Statistics Updated through 2013 season
  • Abbott, Glenn. Rec'd 8/18/08 in a trade from thebench. 1983-1984; 20 Games,  5-5, 3.50 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 19 K's.
  • Aldred, Scott. Bought card off of ebay, recieved on 8/12/09. 1990-1992, 1996; 42 Games, 6-18, 6.65 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 112 K's.
  • Bazardo, Yorman. Bought off ebay, received on 10/13/09. 2007-2008; 14 Games, 2-1, 4.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 18 K's.
  • Benoit, Joaquin. Christmas Present 2011. 2011-2013; 205 Games, 13-7, 2.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 220 K's.
  • Berenguer, Juan. Rec'd 8/9/08 in a trade from thebench. 1982-1985; 101 Games, 25-21, 4.00 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 337 K's. 
  • Bernero, Adam. Rec'd 8/19/08 in a trade from thebench. 2000-2003; 63 Games, 5-20, 6.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 151 K's.
  • Blair, Willie. Bought on ebay, received on 10/1/09. 1997, 1999-2001; 124 Games, 30-29, 5.44 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 261 K's. 
  • Bonderman, Jeremy. Received 9/24/09 from ebay. 2003-2010, 2013; 218 Games, 68-78, 4.91 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 945 K's.
  • Campbell, Bill. Rec'd 7/31/08. A friend sent it out for me about a week before. 1986; 36 Games, 3-6, 3.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 37 K's.
  • Capellan, Jose. Received from ebay auction on 9/25/09. 2007; 10 Games, 0-1, 6.43 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 12 K's.
  • Chamberlain, Joba. Won on ebay, received 7/31/14. 2014-Present; 49 games, 1-4, 3.02 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 44 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher
  • Coke, Phil. Won on ebay, received 3/22/12. 2010-Current; 237 Games, 12-22, 4.34 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 203 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher.
  • Colon, Roman. Received in a trade on www.sportscardforum.com on 2/10/12. 2005-2006; 32 Games, 3-1, 5.37 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 42 K's.
  • Cordero, Francisco. Won in an ebay auction, received on 10/26/09. 1999; 20 Games, 2-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 19 K's.
  • Davis, Storm. 4/7/10 - 5/26/10. 1993-1994; 59 Games, 2-6, 3.35 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 74 K's.
  • *Dobson, Pat. Won on ebay, received 7/18/10. 1967-1969; 124 Games, 11-20, 3.06 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 191 K's. Won a WS with the 68 Tigers.
  • Doherty, John. 5/24/10 - 6/17/10. 1992-1995; 32-31, 4.86 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 174 K's.
  • Dotel, Octavio. 3/7/12 - 3/29/12. 2012; 57 Games, 5-3, 3.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 62 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher.
  • Eischen, Joey. Won in an ebay auction, received on 9/17/09. 1996; 24 Games, 1-1, 3.24 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 15 K's.
  • Ennis, John. Received in a trade from www.sportscardforum.com on 2/10/12. 2004; 12 Games, 0-0. 8.44 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 13 K's.
  • Face, Roy. 7/9/10 - 7/15/10. 1968; 2 Games, 0.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 1 K.
  • Farnsworth, Kyle. Rec'd 8/9/08 in a trade from thebench. 2005, 2008; 62 Games, 2-2, 3.53 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 73 K's.
  • Farrell, John. Rec'd 9/21/09 in a trade from thebench. 1996; 2 Games, 0-2, 14.21 ERA, 2.53 WHIP, 0 K's.
  • *Fidrych, Mark. 7/3/08 - 7/16/08. 1976-1980; 58 Games, 29-19, 3.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 170 K's. Two Time All-Star, Won 1976 AL ROY award.
  • Foor, Jim. 11/12/09 - 1/20/10. 1971-1972; 10 Games, 1-0, 15.43 ERA, 3.86 WHIP, 4 K's. Fossum, Casey. Won in an ebay auction. Received on 7/01/09. 2008; 31 Games, 3-1, 5.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 28 K's.
  • Foucault, Steve. 5/23/11 - 6/6/11. 1977-1978; 68 Games, 9-11, 3.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 76 K's.
  • *Fryman, Woodie. 7/22/08 - 8/11/08. 1972-1974; 77 Games, 22-25, 4.18 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 283 K's.
  • Furbush, Charlie. Received in person on 1/16/13. 2011; 17 Games, 1-3, 3.62 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 26 K's.
  • Garcia, Freddy. Won in an ebay auction. Received on 8/12/09. 2008, 3 games, 1-1, 4.20 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 12 K's.
  • Garver, Ned. 9/27/08 - 10/2/08. 1952-1956; 105 Games, 38-40, 3.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 254 K's.
  • Gibson, Paul. 12/1/09 - 2/3/10. 1988-1991; 214 Games, 18-21, 3.88 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 235 K's.
  • Ginter, Matt. Won on ebay. Received 8/9/10. 2005; 14 Games, 0-1, 6.17 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 15 K's.
  • Gladding, Fred. Won in an ebay auction. Received 8/26/09. 1961-1967; 217 Games, 26-11, 2.70 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 262 K's.
  • Gleaton, Jerry Don. 9/17/09 - 9/28/09. 1990-1991; 104 Games, 4-5, 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 103 K's, 15 Saves.
  • Gohr, Greg. Won in an ebay auction, received on 9/22/09. 1993-1996; 51 Games, 7-10, 6.01 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 116 K's.
  • Greisinger, Seth. Received from a trade on thebench.com on 9/14/09. 1998, 2002; 29 Games, 8-11, 5.37 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 80 K's.
  • Grilli, Jason. Rec'd 8/9/08 in a trade from thebench. 2005-2008; 120 Games, 8-8, 4.31 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 108 K's. Pitched on 2005 AL champion team.
  • Groom, Buddy. 5/24/10 - 6/7/10. 1992-1995; 94 Games, 1-11, 5.96 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 80 K's.
  • Henneman, Mike. Rec'd 8/9/08 in a trade from thebench. 1987-1995; 491 Games, 57-34, 3.18 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 480 K's. 1989 All-Star. 
  • Henry, Dwayne. Rec'd from a trade on thebench.com on 9/28/09. 1995; 10 Games, 1-0, 6.23 ERA, 2.42 WHIP, 9 K's, 5 Saves.
  • Jackson, Edwin. Rec'd for Christmas on 12/25/09. 2009; 33 Games, 13-9, 3.62 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 161 K's. 2009 All-Star.
  • Jones, Todd. Rec'd from ebay on 9/11/09. 1997-2001, 2006-2008; 480 Games, 23-32, 4.07 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 372 K's. 235 Saves, first all time for Tigers. 2000 All-Star.
  • Jurrjens, Jair. 5/2/09 - 5/20/09. 2007; 7 Games, 3-1, 4.70 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 13 K's.
  • Keagle, Greg. Bought on ebay, received 6/9/12. 1996-1998; 46 Games, 6-16, 6.76 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 128 K's.
  • Keller, Kris. Bought at a local card shop on 3/6/12. 2002; 1 Game, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 5.00 WHIP, 1 K.
  • LaGrow, Lerrin. 7/21/08 - 8/18/08. 1970-1975; 116 Games, 16-40, 4.59 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 209 K's.
  • Lambert, Chris. Received in a trade on 3/16/12. 2008-2009; 10 Games, 1-3. 7.90 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, 19 K's.
  • LaPoint, Dave. 1/20/10 - 4/23/10. 1986; 16 Games, 3-6, 5.72 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 36 K's.
  • Lazorko, Jack. 11/16/09 - 11/27/09. 1986; 3 Games, 0-0, 4.05 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 3 K's.
  • Ledezma, Wil. Rec'd in a trade with Todd on 1/27/10. 2003-2007; 106 Games, 15-18, 5.15 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 171 K's.
  • Leiter, Mark. 7/29/08 - 8/5/08. 1991-1993; 100 Games, 23-18, 4.30 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 158 K's.
  • Lewis, Colby. 9/3/14 - 9/15/14. 2006; 2 Games, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 1 K. 
  • *Lima, Jose. Bought on ebay, received 6/9/12. 1994-1996, 2001-2002; 95 Games, 17-32, 6.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 179 K's.
  • Lolich, Mickey. Received for my birthday on 9/23/09. 1963-1975; 508 Games, 207-175, 3.45 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 2679 K's. 3 Time all-star, Won WS MVP in 1968. Most all-time strikeouts by a Tiger pitcher. 
  • Loux, Shane. 5/3/08 - 5/9/08. 2002-2003; 14 Games, 1-4, 7.71 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 15 K's.
  • MacDonald, Bob. 6/8/10 - 6/14/10. 1993, 68 Games, 3-3, 5.35 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 39 K's. 
  • Mahler, Mickey. A friend from www.fanmail.biz sent me this card, received 11/20/09. 1985; 3 Games, 1-2, 1.74 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 14 K's.
  • McLain, Denny.  Rec'd for Christmas on 12/25/09. 1963-1970; 227 Games, 117-62, 3.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 1150 K's. Two Time All-Star, Two Time Cy Young Award Winner, AL MVP (1968).
  • Mesa, Jose. Received 9/24/09 from thebench.com. 2007; 16 Games, 1-1 12.34 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 9 K's.
  • Miller, Andrew. Received in a trade from thebench.com on 9/10/09. 2006-2007; 21 Games, 5-6, 5.69 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 62 Ks. Card is numbered 7 out of 15.
  • Miller, Trever. 2/12/10 - 4/1/10. 1996; 0-4, 9.18 ERA, 2.22 WHIP, 8 K's. Current Cardinals Pitcher.
  • Miner, Zach. Recieved for my 18th birthday on 9/23/08.  2006-2009, 157 Games, 25-20, 4.24 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 217 K's.
  • Mlicki, Dave. Received as a gift from sportscardforum.com, received 4/11/12. 1999-2001; 70 Games, 24-31, 5.46 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 224 K's.
  • Moehler, Brian. Rec'd from a trade on thebench.com on 9/28/09. 1996-2002; 131 Games, 48-52, 4.44 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 446 K's.
  • Morris, Jack. Recieved for my 18th birthday on 9/23/08. 1977-1990, 430 Games, 198-150, 3.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1980 K's. 4 Time All-Star.
  • Mossi, Don. 1/28/10 - 3/14/10. 1959-1963, 151 Games, 59-44, 3.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 520 K's. 
  • *Newhouser, Hal. Won in an ebay auction. Received 8/26/09. 1939-1953, 460 Games, 200-148, 3.07 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1770 K's. HOF Class of 1992, seven time all-star, two time MVP. 
  • Niekro, Joe. Bought card off of Ebay. Received on 6/25/09. 1970-1972, 87 Games, 21-22, 4.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 168 K's. 
  • Nitkowski, CJ. Tweeted CJ my address on 5/16/11, received 4x6 on 5/23/11. 1995-1996, 1999-2001, 213 Games, 11-24, 5.68 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 234 K's.
  • Nosek, Randy. 6/8/10 - 6/18/10. 1989-1990; 5 Games, 1-1, 10.22 ERA, 2.68 WHIP, 7 K's.
  • Novoa, Roberto. Bought card off of Ebay. Received on 7/6/09. 2004, 16 Games, 1-1, 5.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 15 K's
  • O'Neal, Randy. 7/22/08 - 7/29/08. 1984-1986; 69 Games, 10-13, 3.60 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 132 K's.
  • Patterson, Danny. 1/12/10 - 1/22/10. 2000-2004; 180 Games, 10-11, 4.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 100 K's. 
  • Penny, Brad. Received in an ebay auction on 8/13/12. 2011; 31 Games, 11-11, 5.30 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 74 K's.
  • Perry, Jim. Rec'd from a trade on thebench.com on 9/28/09. 1973; 35 Games, 14-13, 4.03 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 66 K's.
  • Perry, Ryan. Rec'd in an ebay auction on 9/30/09. 2009-2011; 149 Games, 5-6, 4.07 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 129 K's.
  • Petry, Dan. 5/4/08 - 5/16/08. 1979-1987, 1990-1991; 306 Games, 119-93, 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 957 K's. 1985 All-Star.
  • Pettyjohn, Adam. 5/21/10 - 5/29/10. 2001; 16 Games, 1-6, 5.82 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 40 K's.
  • *Podres, Johnny. Won in an ebay auction, rec'd on 1/27/10. 1966-1967, 57 Games, 7-6, 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 87 K's.
  • Porcello, Rick. Christmas Present 2011. 2009-current; 152 Games, 61-50, 4.51 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 526 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher
  • Power, Ted. 2/1/11 - 2/14/11. 1988; 4 Games, 1-1, 5.79 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 13 K's.
  • Redman, Mark. Received 10/8/09 in an ebay auction. 2001-2002, 32 Games, 8-17, 4.29 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 113 K's. 
  • Regan, Phil. 1/27/10 - 2/11/10. 1960-1965; 170 Games, 42-44, 4.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 414 K's.
  • Ritz, Kevin. 4/2/09 - 8/14/09. 1989-1992; 50 Games, 6-18, 5.85 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 125 K's.
  • Robbins, Bruce. 3/16/10 - 3/29/10. 1979-1980; 25 Games, 7-5, 5.34 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 45 K's.
  • Robertson, Nate. 7/22/08 - 8/14/08. 2003-2009; 196 Games, 51-68, 4.87 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 709 K's.
  • Robinson, Jeff. 8/25/08 - 10/6/08. 1987-1990;  36-26, 96 Games,  4.65 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 328 K's.
  • Rodney, Fernando. Rec'd in a trade from the bench on 9/21/09. 2002-2009; 308 Games, 15-30, 4.28 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 314 K's, 70 Saves.
  • Rondon, Bruce. Christmas Present 2013. 2013-Current; 30 Games, 1-2, 3.45 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 30 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher
  • Rothschild, Larry. 5/30/12 - 6/21/12. 1981-1982; 7 Games, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 1 K, 1 Save.
  • Rozema, Dave. 6/9/08 - 6/19/08. 1977-1984; 208 Games, 57-46, 3.47 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 403 K's.
  • Sager, AJ. 8/16/11 - 9/1/11. 1996-1998. 91 Games, 11-11, 5.10 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 128 K's.
  • Saucier, Kevin. 9/14/10 - 9/2710. 1981-1982; 69 Games, 7-3, 2.32 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 46 K's. 
  • Scherzer, Max. 2/12/10 - 4/16/10. 2010-current; 128 Games, 64-30, 3.62 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 829 K's. Current Tiger pitcher. 2013 Cy Young.
  • Schlereth, Daniel. Won on ebay, received 5/19/11. 2010-2012; 73 Games, 4-2, 3.98 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 69 K's.
  • Searcy, Steve. 12/7/09 - 12/16/09. 1988-1991; 42 Games, 4-12, 5.97 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 114 K's.
  • Smyly, Drew. Christmas present in 2012. 2012-Present; 86 Games, 10-3, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 175 K's. Current Tiger Pitcher.
  • Sparks, Steve. Received as a gift from sportscardforum.com, received 4/11/12. 2000-2003; 129 Games, 29-36, 4.45 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 316 K's.
  • Spencer, George. Rec'd from a trade on thebench.com on 9/28/09. 1958, 1960; 12 Games, 1-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 9 K's.
  • Staley, Jerry. Rec'd from a trade on thebench.com on 9/28/09. 1961; 13 Games, 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 8 K's.
  • Tanana, Frank. 9/25/08 - 10/3/08. 1985-1992; 250 Games, 96-82, 3.77 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 958 K's.
  • Tata, Jordan. Won off of Ebay. Received 8/24/09; 2006-2007, 11 Games, 1-1, 6.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 14 K's.
  • Terrell, Walt. 8/11/09 - 10/10/11. 1985-1988, 1990-1992; 216 Games, 79-76, 4.26 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 621 K's. 
  • Thompson, Justin. Won off of Ebay. Received 8/8/09. 1996-1999; 103 Games, 36-43, 3.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 427 K's. 1997 All-Star.
  • Thurmond, Mark. 8/6/08 - 8/12/08. 1986-1987; 73 Games, 4-2, 3.66 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 38 K's.
  • Timmermann, Tom. 8/11/09 - 8/19/09. 1969-1973; 195 Games, 26-27, 3.39 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 251 K's.
  • Trucks, Virgil. Rec'd 8/18/08 in a trade from thebench. 1941-1952, 1956; 316 Games, 114-96, 3.50 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1046 K's. 1949 All-Star.
  • Turner, Jacob. 3/12/12 - 4/27/12. 2011-2012, 6 Games, 1-2, 8.28 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 15 K's.
  • Urbani, Tom. Rec'd 10/1/08 in a trade from thebench. 1996; 16 Games, 2-2, 8.37 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 20 K's.
  • Van Poppel, Todd. 7/9/08 - 9/12/08. 1996; 9 Games, 2-4, 11.39 ERA, 2.26 WHIP, 16 K's.
  • Verlander, Justin. Received 09/25/10 as a birthday present. 2005-present; 266 Games, 137-77, 3.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 1671 K's. 6 time all-star, 2006 Rookie of the Year, 2011 Cy Young and MVP. Current Tiger Pitcher.
  • Villarreal, Brayan. 3/7/12 - 3/26/12. 2011-2013; 73 Games, 4-8, 4.56 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 86 K's.
  • Washburn, Jarrod. Received 5/26/12 from ebay. 2009; 8 Games, 1-3, 7.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 21 K's.
  • Weaver, Jeff. Received 9/24/09 from ebay. 1999-2002; 111 Games, 39-51, 4.33 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 477 K's.
  • Whelan, Kevin. Won off ebay, received 8/27/14. 2014; 1 Game, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.73 WHIP, 1 K. Current Tiger Pitcher.

  • Willis, Carl. 8/31/10 - 9/29/11. 1984; 10 Games, 0-2, 7.31 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 4 K's.
  • Willis, Dontrelle. Received 1/13/10 from ebay. 2008-2010, 24 Games, 2-8, 6.86 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 68 K's.
  • Woodyard, Mark. Received in a trade from thebench.com on 9/10/09. 2005; 3 Games, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 3 Ks.
  • Worrell, Tim. Won off ebay, received on 10/6/09. 1998; 15 Games, 2-6, 5.98 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 47 K's.
  • Yan, Esteban. Received from a trade on thebench.com on 9/14/09. 2004; 69 Games, 3-6, 3.83 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 69 K's.
  • Zumaya, Joel. 2/12/10 - 3/15/10. 2006-2010; 171 Games, 13-12, 3.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 210 K's.
* player is now deceased 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Happy birthday Willie Mays!

I just want to wish a happy birthday to MLB superstar and Hall of Fame centerfielder Willie Mays! The Say Hey Kid was before my time, but having heard stories, read books, seen spotty footage, and of course studied statistics, it seems pretty apparent to me that Mays was as good as it gets in the Outfield. When talking about five tool players, no one seemed to be better than Willie, who hit .302 (average) with 660 home runs (power) 338 steals (speed) and 12 gold gloves (defense and arm). Willie was elected into the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility with 94.7% percent of the vote, or 409/432 voters (It's safe to say, sadly, that the 23 people who did not vote for Mays probably did so out of racism, as his statistics clearly merit HOF enshrinement).




Mays is a player that may never be duplicated. I believe the closest we have ever (and may ever) see was Ken Griffey Jr. Had injuries not taken their toll on Griffey he would have almost certainly eclipsed Mays in home runs, and his .284 average is certainly comparable to Mays' .302. Griffey will go down as one of the best center fielders of all time, but still does not measure up with the numbers put up by Mays.

I read a recent article stating that (to paraphrase) "Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen is this generations Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays". Comparing Cutch and Mays at this stage in their career looks like this:

Quite a bit closer than I would have guessed, but Mays is certainly the greater of the two. (It is worth noting that Mays missed his ENTIRE age 22 season due to Military obligations). Cutch is an exciting, fun player to watch, and will most likely continue to put up excellent numbers. I still maintain, however, that expecting anyone to come along and put up Willie Mays numbers ever again is highly unlikely.

Happy 83rd Willie!



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Adrian Beltre and the Hall of Fame

Adrian Beltre has been manning the hot corner in Major League baseball for the last 16 seasons, first in LA with the Dodgers, then up here in Seattle for five seasons before spending one season in Boston and the last three in Texas. This season marks the 17th for Beltre, and he looks to build off of the .315/.371/.509 he hit last season, with 30 home runs and a league leading 199 hits. At age 35 Adrian Beltre shows very little sign of slowing down, and could put up large offensive numbers for a few more seasons before calling it a career. (It is worth noting that at the time of this writing Beltre is currently on the DL with a quad injury, although the move was precautionary and he appears all set to return in two days) The question is whether that career will land Adrian in the National baseball Hall of Fame.

Disclaimer: These types of debates are a bit harder to do with active players, as their body of work is not fully determined. While Beltre looks poised to have 3-4 more offensively dominant seasons, his career could also end tomorrow (for the sake of baseball and my fantasy team, I hope not). Because of this I will attempt to evaluate Adrian based mostly on what has already been accomplished, but also making some future predictions as well. Bear with me.

For Adrian Beltre and the Hall of Fame:



Simply put, Beltre's numbers as a third baseman hold up extremely well with other Hall of Famers. So far, Adrian Beltre has accrued 2434 hits, 498 doubles, 376 home runs, 1311 RBI's, and a career WAR of 71. Among third basemen, those numbers rank 7th, 5th, 7th, 11th, and 7th, respectively. Again, as a reminder, Beltre could very very easily eclipse many of the people in front of him. For example, if this season Beltre can accomplish 66 more hits and 24 home runs, he would have 2500 career hits and 400 career home runs. The number of third basemen who have achieved that? One. And we will only have to wait four more years until we can watch the legendary Chipper Jones get inducted into Cooperstown. Maybe Beltre won't be too far behind.

I could spend a very long time talking about Beltre's offensive statistics and how they qualify him for the Hall of Fame, but one thing that really separates Beltre from some of his counterparts is his defense. Using statistics, Beltre's defensive WAR of 21.8 puts him third all time among third basemen, and 34th all time among all of baseball. I am not a huge fan of defensive WAR, but having watched Beltre play third for his career I feel pretty confident calling him a top five defensive third baseman.

His combination of strong defense and strong offense has helped fuel his 71 career WAR, which ranks him 59th all time among position players, and 7th all time among third basemen. Beltre has a higher WAR at this point in his career than that of HOFers Tony Gwynn, Gary Carter, Eddie Murray, Ernie Banks and Third basemen Ron Santo, Home Run Baker, Scott Rolen and Sal Bando. He is only 7.3 WAR away from catching Brooks Robinson as well.

Beltre has led the league in Home runs once, hits once, doubles once, has won 4 gold gloves and 3 silver slugger awards, and has finished top 10 in MVP voting 4 times, including a controversial second place finish in 2004. (Barry Bonds won, and after allegations of steroids began to surface Beltre spoke out believing he should be the rightful MVP winner).

Against Adrian Beltre and the Hall of Fame:



Typically, one thing the Hall of Fame has really liked to see out of their inductees is consistency. While Beltre has been very consistent the last couple of seasons, and certainly has the potential to be consistent for a few more, he had a rough patch in Seattle that set him back in that category. At age 25 in 2004 with the Dodgers, Beltre hit 48 HR, drove in 121 RBI's and hit .334/.388/.629 in what was certainly his peak season. Between 2010 and 2013, his age 31-34 seasons, Beltre averaged .314/.358/.545 with 32 HR and 110 RBI's, also excellent numbers. However, his "peak years" between 26-30 is where Beltre suffered. Unfortunately for Seattle fans, this is how Beltre often gets remembered, as these were his Seattle seasons. While in the Emerald City between 2005-2009, Beltre slashed .266/.317/.442 and averaged 21 home runs and 79 RBI's, a far cry from the season before Seattle and the seasons afterward. While his career totals are still very good (as seen above) they could be much better had he stayed consistent with what he was accomplishing before and after his stop in Seattle. Voters will no doubt look at those years and question whether a player who put those numbers up in what is considered the prime of a players career will be HOF worthy.

According to baseball-reference.com, Adrian Beltre has a HOF monitor of 89 and a HOF standards score of 40, whereas the average HOFer has scores of 100 and 50, respectively. Likewise, Beltre has a black ink score (a measure of a players league leading statistics) of 9, and a gray ink score (measure of a players impact on the top ten finishes in statistics) of 87, where a HOFer averages 27 and 144, respectively. I'll admit that this argument really does not hold up since Beltre's career is not done. It is easily possible for him to eclipse the average HOF scores in most, if not all, of these measures. However, it is worth noting that if his career ended today he would be below the average HOFer.

Verdict

I tried to put together valid reasoning on both sides before reaching this stage, but it was difficult for me to hide how I feel; Adrian Beltre is a Hall of Famer. His numbers stand alone not just as a third baseman, but just as an offensive and defensive machine. Never mind that he plays a position that is poorly represented in the Hall, and that he statistically is comparable to others already enshrined. If Beltre were to retire tomorrow, I think he will have done enough to merit enshrinement. However, after three or four more years of elite productivity, he will push himself into shoo-in status. Seattle fans shouldn't count on him entering the Hall wearing a Mariners hat, however.

Monday, March 3, 2014

15 Predictions for the 2014 season

15 predictions for the 2014 season

1. Miguel Cabrera wins the 2014 MVP award, but not the triple crown.

I figure I want to at least get one of my predictions right, and this seems like an okay bet, although with Mike Trout in the mix it is far from a sure thing. Miggy has less line-up protection, meaning he could draw more walks that take away from his HR/RBI totals. It will depend a lot on how well Victor Martinez can protect him in the line-up. However he will be moving to a less physically demanding position and will get the opportunity to DH much more often. I believe he will continue to put up similar numbers to his previous few seasons, and will take home the MVP award yet again.



2. Chris Davis will hit less than 35 home runs this year.

This one is somewhat bold, as Davis eclipsed 35 home runs very easily last season en route to a season high 54. However, I think pitchers have learned how to handle Davis, and even though his left-handed swing plays well at Camden Yards, I think he is due for a power regression.

3. Taijuan Walker wins the AL Rookie of the Year award.

Assuming he stays healthy, Walker has electrifying stuff, and a starting pitcher can always benefit from the friendly confines of Safeco Field. His closest competition will be Nick Castellanos and teammate James Paxton.


4. Robinson Cano suffers a home run drought, but still hits over .300

Another fairly easy one, as the transition from Yankee Stadium to Safeco will knock any left-handed hitters power numbers down. Cano possesses a line drive swing, however, so I think many of his potential home runs will instead turn into doubles or triples, not just fly outs. That may help maintain his batting average over 300.

5. Brian McCann hits over 30 home runs for the first time in his career.

See above regarding the little league park that is Yankee Stadium in right field.

6. Derek Jeter plays over 100 games this season, and hits over .280

This one is more hopeful, because I believe in the Captain and want to see him succeed, for baseball reasons.



7. CC Sabathia outpitches Mashahiro Tanaka this season.

More of a belief in CC to rebound from a tough season than in a lack of faith in Tanaka.

8. Justin Verlander rebounds from a poor 2013 season and wins the AL Cy Young award.

As a Tigers fan this one is hopeful, but let's not forget how dominant JV can be when he has everything going his way.

9. Eric Hosmer wins the AL batting title, with a .324 batting average.

Hey, got to throw a crazy one in there every once in a while right?

10. Matt Kemp wins comeback player of the year award, finishes top 5 in NL MVP voting.

Matt Kemp, when he's on and playing, is as good as it gets.



11. Yasiel Puig does not finish in the top 15 for MVP voting, begins his slow fade into obscurity.

Puig is going to get figured out by NL pitchers, it is only a matter of time.

12. Yankees, Tigers, Rangers win their respective divisions, Athletics and Red Sox play for the Wild card.

Not sure I see why everyone is so high on the Rays.

13. Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers win their respective divisions. Padres and Braves play for the Wild Card.

Padres are my sleeper.

14. Tigers and Nationals play for the World Series. 



15. Tigers win in game 6.

Brad Ausmus becomes a superstar manager.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Michael Young and the Hall of Fame

Earlier this week former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young announced his retirement. Young played 14 years in the MLB, 13 with the Rangers and one with the Phillies, before being traded and playing 21 games with the Dodgers. Young retired despite a few options on the table, including (allegedly) a chance to earn a starting role at first base with the Brewers. He is 37 years old and has said he wants to spend more time with his family. Young may have had some production left in the tank, but either way had quite an illustrious career. The question now, is was his career worthy of the Baseball Hall of Fame? Mike Schmidt, the best third baseman to play the game, has stated that "Michael Young is probably 2 Michael Young years away from being a first ballot Hall of Famer". This statement was made a few months before his retirement, meaning that we will not get to see those two "Michael Young" years. As it stands, however, Young retired with .300/.346/.441 slash lines, 2375 hits, 185 Home runs, seven AS game appearances (and one AS game MVP) and one batting title. Let's take a look at the pros and cons:



For Michael Young and the Hall of Fame:

Michael Young was a hitting machine. He won the 2005 batting title with a .331 batting average, also leading the league that year with 221 hits. He led the league once more in hits in 2011, garnering 213 that season.

Michael Young was versatile. He played 793 games at shortstop, 465 games at third and 448 games at second. Only one other player has played more than 400 games at each of those positions, and that player (Buck Herzog) was nowhere near the caliber hitter that Young was.

Young's career was defined by consistency. He hit over .300 seven times in his career, and notched over 200 hits six times as well. He hit over 40 doubles three times, over 30 doubles 9 times and over 20 doubles 12 times, only missing out by two his rookie year, where he hit 18. He had double digit home runs 9 times, and over 20 home runs 4 times. He also had six seasons of over 90 RBI's. For an infielder Young had quite a bit of power, amassing 185 home runs (same number as Alan Trammell) and 1030 RBI's. (Ahead of Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, Ralph Kiner and again Alan Trammell).

According to www.baseball-reference.com, Michael Young has a HOF monitor score of 112. A "likely" HOFer scores a 100, making Young slightly above the likely HOF threshold.


Against Michael Young and the Hall of Fame:

 Hall of Famers typically fall into two distinct categories, longevity guys and dominant guys. Longevity guys are guys who played a very long time and stayed consistent for long enough that they reached milestone numbers that earned them enshrinement. Examples would be guys like Al Kaline, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton, etc.. Craig Biggio will fall into this category when he gets elected. The other category is guys who maybe did not play as long, but instead were dominant for a short period of time, guys who led the league in many different categories during their run of dominance. Ralph Kiner, Roberto Clemente, Kirby Puckett and Hal Newhouser fit more into this category. (Obviously the third category is people who were consistently dominant for a long period of time, but those guys (Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial) belong in a class all by themselves).

Young does not really fit into either category. Young was consistent for his career certainly, but he was not dominant. He led the league in hits twice and won a batting title, but otherwise he was never a league leader in any category. He was a seven time all-star but never finished top 5 in MVP voting and only finished in the top ten twice.

Likewise, while he was consistent, his 14 year career was not long enough for him to earn any of the milestone numbers necessary for HOF enshrinement. 2375 career hits is a great number, but to be HOF worthy as a mostly singles hitter, a player should be quite a bit closer to the magic number of 3000. Young's 185 home runs is good, and is enhanced by the fact that he was an infielder, but is still well short of what he would have needed to get attention as a power hitter. 2-3 more good seasons from Young would put him closer to 2900 hits and maybe 220 home runs, numbers that would certainly merit heavy, heavy consideration. As it stands his offensive numbers are not quite heady enough to be worth HOF consideration.

Defensively, while he was versatile, Young was a pretty bad fielder. Defensive metrics have him as a -11.5 WAR defensively for his career, which pushes his overall WAR down to a 24.1, nowhere near what most HOFers have.

Michael Young's closest statistical comparison (according to baseball-reference) is Ray Durham, a fine second baseman who got exactly zero votes for the HOF last ballot. Now, I am pretty sure anyone who knows these two players knows that Young is certainly the better of the two, but it is still telling that statistically they are somewhat similar.

I do not always consider this a huge factor in my HOF considerations, but Young was a bad postseason hitter. In 157 plate appearances, Young slashed .238/.261/.364 with only 3 home runs and 19 RBI's. He hit .255, 45 points off his career batting average, in his teams two World Series appearances. Again, usually I only use play-off numbers if they are either really good or really bad, and in this case Young never did much to help his team out come play-off time.

Verdict:

Young was a terrific player and one of the better pure hitters of the 2000's. The Texas Rangers will always remember him as one of the best hitters to come through their franchise, and as an integral part of two teams that made it to the World Series. However, his career numbers, lack of dominance, and poor fielding leave Young short of what it takes to be a baseball HOFer.

Prediction:

I think Young will get votes. I think he will be on the ballot for a few years, earning somewhere around 10-12 percent of the vote (this is a wild guess) before eventually falling off the ballot. And I think if that is the case the Hall will have got it right. Congratulations on a great career Michael Young, and I wish you all the best with your wife and kids, and potentially a second career in baseball in the future (He seems like he'd make a good coach?)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Ramon Santiago era in Detroit is over

Ramon Santiago played for the Detroit Tigers from May of 2002 until the end of this last season in 2013, with the exception of the 2004 and 2005 seasons, which he spent in Seattle. During the ten years that Santiago was a Tiger, he racked up a .244/.312/.333 line with 540 hits, 28 home runs, 195 RBI's and 28 stolen bases. Doesn't sound very impressive, but I would like to point out some of the value that Santiago brought to the Tigers, before he disappears into anonymity. Ramon Santiago actually, believe it or not, ranks in the top 50 in 5 statistical categories in Detroit Tigers franchise history.

11th in HBP with 48
17th in Defensive WAR with 5.5
25th in Sac hits with 25 (right in front of Mickey Lolich)
T-47th in Sac flies with 15 (Tied with V-Mart)
47th in Games Played with 818 (one game ahead of Carlos Guillen, whom he was actually traded for)

(Another fun fact, Santiago is the only baseball player in history to make the play-offs with the Detroit Tigers 4 different times)

Ramon Santiago was your typical utility bench player, the guy every team has that can play all the infield positions, can come in late defensively if needed, or fill a starting spot if a starter needs a day off or is injured. Most teams rotate through this utility player every couple of years, yet Detroit managed to hold onto theirs for a decade, something that isn't seen all that often. This is probably because Santiago appeared to do all the little things right, as evidenced by the stats above. He was a switch-hitter, good fielder, and delivered sacrifice bunts and sacrifice flies when he needed to. To rank 25th in Tiger history in Sac hits when he is well out of the top 50 in At-Bats is pretty remarkable. Santiago was great at the "hustle stats" that make up a gritty baseball player. Santiago played shortstop the most, but also played second and third in his time in Detroit, and graded out overall as a good fielder. Good fielding, good bunting, good execution on sac flies, and of course taking one for the team are all qualities that are necessary, if not imperative, for a bench/role player. Ramon Santiago epitomized that role with above average skills in the categories that mattered. He was not an everyday player, and anything over 400 plate appearances was probably too much. (He only had one season over over 400 PA's, and he had a -0.8 WAR). However, Santiago appears to me to have been at least above average at the tasks that he was asked to do, and for that, we salute you. Santiago is 33 years old and his last two seasons (.215/.290/.279) prove that he may be on the decline. He signed with the Reds, and I do wish him luck over in the National League. A good example of how a player can hold value just by doing the little things right.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dream Team

I have probably been working on creating my ultimate dream team off and on for years. It is something I have discussed in great detail with many of my friends and family members, and is always good for a friendly debate. I have decided to share my 2014 version of what my ultimate 25 man roster would look like, knowing full well that this team could change in my head while I am typing this, and will almost certainly change by the end of this month, let alone this year. I will explain some of my thought process below, but I highly encourage comments below, the most fun part of making teams like this is hearing others' opinions. Please share!
I created a 25 man roster, complete with 15 position players, five starters, and five relievers. I am assuming there is a DH for the purposes of this roster.

Sports Illustrated cover from a few years back illustrating their picks for an all time team.

Catcher

Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench

I had a hard time deciding between these two guys which one would start, but it was not a hard decision which two catchers I would take for my team. Mike Piazza and Yogi Berra are the only other two who merited consideration on my part, but ultimately the combination of defense and hitting that both Bench and Rodriguez provide was the reason these two made the cut. Ultimately I believe Pudge would be my starter, but it could truly go either way.

First Base

Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig

Once again, an extremely hard decision who I would start. Stan Musial is a decision most people do not make, at least not at first base. Musial spent more time in the outfield than he did at first, but I think he provides my team more value as first baseman, especially with a stellar group of outfielders. Musial started 989 games at first base and only committed 78 errors, good for a .992 fielding percentage. Lou Gehrig is indisputable as one of, if not the best, hitter of all time and definitely earns that title as a first baseman. Your lineup would get quite a boost with either of these men starting at first.

Second Base

Robinson Cano and Jackie Robinson

I yet again have a hard time deciding who would start here (notice a theme?). The obvious solution is to platoon these two, as Cano hits left handed and Jackie Robinson hits right handed. I suppose I'll weasel my way out of making a true decision and settle with that. Ryne Sandberg, Rogers Hornsby and Joe Morgan had legitimate cases for making this team, but I think the athleticism of Jackie Robinson and the power of Robinson Cano overtake what Sandberg, Hornsby and Morgan had to offer.

Shortstop

Alex Rodriguez and Ernie Banks

This was probably my toughest decision. I have wavered heavily over which shortstops I would take to fill out a dream team roster. I believe in the time I have been making a dream team I have had at least five different shortstops; Rodriguez, Banks, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, and Honus Wagner. I have also considered Derek Jeter and Robin Yount as options as well. Ultimately I settled on A-Rod as the starter and Ernie Banks as the backup. Both these men offer tremendous power and solid defense (I am choosing to look more at 1996 A-Rod as opposed to beefed up, cheating late 2000's A-Rod). Ozzie Smith was very hard to leave off the roster, on a team full of great hitters it feels like having a great defensive shortstop would really help the squad, as a potential late inning defensive replacement who could also pinch run. But I feel that A-Rods defense will satisfy, especially with Cano or Robinson at second and a good defensive third baseman. This one is a position I love hearing feedback on.

Third Base

Mike Schmidt

This was far and away the easiest position to decide. I suppose you could make an argument for Chipper Jones or Pete Rose since they are switch hitters, but ultimately I felt that Schmidts' power (548 home runs compared to Jones' 468) and defense (10 gold gloves) outweighed both those two (Rose was a great singles hitter, but he was not a great third baseman and spent most of his career playing other positions). Mike Schmidt was everything you want in a third baseman, and while Chipper Jones certainly was great as well, I do not believe there was anything he really did much better than Schmidt, except hit for a higher batting average. The third base experiment for Miguel Cabrera appears to be over, had he continued to play there and put up MVP offensive numbers he may have clawed his way into this discussion, as it stands he will have to make his case as a first baseman, a much more difficult task. Ultimately the king of the hot corner is definitely Mr. Schmidt.

Outfield/DH

Disclaimer: I have created rosters before where the DH spot has to be filled by an actual DH, and each outfield position has to be filled by a legitimate leftfielder, centerfielder and rightfielder (as opposed to just picking three outfielders). For the purposes of this team I am selecting four players to start who I believe make the best roster, even though they may not have played that specific outfield spot or DHed. For what it is worth, if I were picking an actual DH my choice would be Edgar Martinez, with respect to Frank Thomas, Harold Baines and David Ortiz. My outfield would be more or less the same as the one I have below.

Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Rickey Henderson


I would pay loads and loads of money for that card.

Whew. Outfielders are very often the best players in the game, so picking a crew of six was very difficult. I believe either Babe Ruth or Ted Williams will DH (both were pretty terrible outfielders). The other will play left, and of course Willie Mays will play center. I cannot decide whether I will start Hank Aaron in his natural right field, or if I will allow Barry Bonds to start, even though RF is not his natural position. The same with A-Rod, I look at 1992 Barry Bonds and see an athlete who could very easily play right, but beefed up 2001 Bonds could barely move in left field, and would be a massive liability in right. I suppose I could cop out once more and platoon them. Rickey Henderson is on this roster primarily for his pinch running ability (He is part of the reason Ozzie Smith got bumped). That was a hard call, as it forced me to leave off superstars such as Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Frank Robinson, Ken Griffey Jr, and Tris Speaker. Specifically knowing I wanted speed, I had to decide between Cobb and Henderson, and picked Rickey mostly because he had slightly more power, but also because he was a right handed hitter, and with lefties Ruth, Bonds and Williams already in the fold I thought another RH hitter would be good.

Five man Rotation (in no particular order)

Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez

Bullpen

Randy Johnson, Satchel Paige, Clayton Kershaw, Dennis Eckersley, Mariano Rivera

So I kind of cheated yet again, and I have eight starting pitchers and only two actual relievers (1.5 really when you consider Eckersley was a starter for the first part of his career). Still, I consider this the best ten pitchers I could get for myself, and I firmly believe having two great left handed pitchers in the bullpen makes up for only having one in the rotation. The two unique, less mainstream picks on this roster are Satchel Paige and Clayton Kershaw. Taking those guys over guys like Roger Clemens, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Tom Seaver or Trevor Hoffman was not easy, but gave me a more complete staff. Kershaw, in my opinion, already may be the third best left handed pitcher of all time. I know that is somewhat bold, but outside of Koufax and Randy I cannot think of another Lefty I would rather have than him. He already is dominant, can you imagine him coming out of the 'pen as a LOOGY? Left handers have hit .186/.258/.314 off of him in his career thus far. Kershaw has won the ERA title and the WHIP title 3 years IN A ROW, and led the NL in K's two of those three years. To reiterate, Kershaw was one (1!) strikeout away from leading the league in those three categories three years in a row. Absolutely unbelievable. Satchel Paige is a little harder to validate, simply because we do not have very accurate raw data on him in the Negro Leagues. However, after reading a book about Paige and his rubber arm I cannot leave him off, even for some of the more proven arms listed above. Paige had a unique delivery and was believed to throw the baseball very close to 100 mph. If given this opportunity, I could not pass up the chance to watch good old Satchel come in and bring some heat on a couple poor hitters. (I would also like to point out Satchel was not the only Negro League player I considered, both Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell were considered for positions in the field, but I passed on them for more proven names. Satchel however, seemed like a sure enough thing to me).


The rest of the pitching staff is pretty self-explanatory, the numbers and pure dominance of Johnson Koufax Gibson Maddux and Pedro more or less speaks for itself, and Eckersley and Rivera are, in my opinion, far and away the best two relievers to ever pitch. Once again, I absolutely welcome controversy, disagreement, requests for more explanation, etc... This is one of my favorite topics to discuss, so please bring it on.
Thanks for reading!