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2014, New Candidates

2014 New Candidates


It’s our second-to-last election before we catch up with real time. By now, you recognize that we’ve cleared out our entire historical backlog, and we’re going to elect 9 more guys, all of whom become eligible in either this election or the next one. I’ll admit, it’s not hard to figure out who most of our remaining selections will be. Glavine, Maddux, Mussina, Thomas this time around, and Pedro, Johnson, and Smoltz next time are pretty obviously at the top of the heap. (And atop The Heep for that matter.) So it comes down to cases. There’s Kenny Rogers, Luis Gonzalez, Jeff Kent, Carlos Delgado, Nomar, Gary Sheffield, and Brian Giles left out there, all of whom have something to offer. Rogers won 219 games, Gonzalez hit 350 homers, Jeff Kent won an MVP at second base, Carlos Delgado darn near bashed 500 roundtrippers, Nomar had a majestic peak at shortstop, Sheff did make it to 500 dingers, and sneaky Brian Giles earned more than 50 WAR thanks to his under-the-radar take-and-rake thang.

Each of these guys has some warts, too. Rogers wasn’t that far above average and had some atrocious seasons. Gonzo was a late bloomer and didn’t stay on top very long. Kent wasn’t known as a top-notch defender. Delgado was worse than Kent. Nomar’s peak was all he had, and it wasn’t all that long. Sheff played defense like I play bassoon (not at all in my case, which sums up his defense too). Brian Giles got a late start and didn’t contend for any Gold Gloves himself.

But it’s our wisdom, or something like that, that two of these dudes are better than the likes of Heinie Groh, Sam Rice, and Wilbur Cooper. We’ll see if you agree.

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

NEW FOR 2014

Moises Alou
Ray Durham
Keith Foulke
Tom Glavine (F,M,S)
Luis Gonzalez
Jeff Kent (S)
Jon Lieber
Greg Maddux (F,M,S)
Mike Mussina (M,S)
Kenny Rogers
Frank Thomas (F,M,S)



One thought on “2014 New Candidates

  1. Know he’s not a Hall of Anything member, but always had a soft spot for Ray Durham.

    Posted by verdun2 | July 22, 2015, 7:18 am

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