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1989, New Candidates

1989 New Candidates

Johnny Bench is here to save our bacon!

Johnny Bench is here to save our bacon!

Here comes the cavalry!

After what seems like eons of trudging through elections with very little star power, we finally have a slate of newbies that few can match.

For our consideration is a group headed by:

  • Best. Catcher. Ever.
  • A guy with 3,000 hits.
  • A guy with 300 wins.
  • A guy darn close to as good as the guy with 300 wins.
  • And Gene Tenace.

We haven’t seen a bunch of newbs this strong since we transitioned in 1971 from the five-years-at-a-time election cycle we started with to the single-year votes we’ll finish with. And after this long mid-1980s candidate drought, we couldn’t be happier to divert our attention away from those annoying backloggers that we can’t quite pull the trigger on to some easy pickin’s. No matter how calm, cool, and collected we may seem on your screen, there’s hashing of teeth, pulling of hair, and drinking of potent potables going on behind closed keyboards as we try to figure out which of the last 40 to 50 players—each flawed, each separated by the slimmest of margins—that we can slide into the last 20 spots.

Trust us, it’s a lot harder than it looks! But who’s complaining. We’ve been learning so much about the process and about baseball players that in many ways, we’ve grown more in the last five elections than in the 25 that came before them. Well, that and finally figuring out that we could download all the data we need from BBREF instead of punching it in time and again.

Hey, what we lack in smarts, we make up for in….

F= Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member

NEW FOR 1989

Johnny Bench (F,M,S)
Bert Campaneris
Fergie Jenkins (F,M,S)
Jim Kaat
Jon Matlack
Rudy May
Don Money
Gaylord Perry (F,M,S)
Gene Tenace (S)
Carl Yastrzemski (F,M,S)



One thought on “1989 New Candidates

  1. I remember years ago when TV announcers tended to uniformly say Joe Rudi is the most underrated or underappreciated, or underwhatever in baseball. This on a team that included Sal Bando.

    Posted by verdun2 | July 23, 2014, 10:14 am

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