Now that we know who our 215 Hall-of-Fame-matching players are, we can take a look at our standings once again! Here’s the latest franchise standings.
These standings only include active MLB teams, with one exception we’ll address below.
Last time we checked, we told you it was a two-horse race, and boy is it. If these were really horses, then the Yankees have pulled about even with the Giants’ ears. In a big way, however, they have pulled ahead. On an annual basis, they have hosted more HoME careers than anyone. They’ve also rostered more HoMErs than any other franchise.
Both of these teams are 2.5 HoME careers ahead of the pack, and the Core Four Yankees are only starting to appear on the ballot.
A couple teams made a big push toward the end. The Cubs got even closer to the Dodgers than the Yanks to the Giants, positioning them for…well not much. It’s not as though they’ve been swimming in great players for the past decade. And neither really have the Dodgers. These guys will be stuck behind the leaders for years to come.
The Braves, on the other hand, just piled in three more HoME careers, picking up five places in the rankings and ultimately displacing the Tigers from the top five. And the Braves aren’t done. They’ve got two more big guns coming along (the Joneses) who may have a strong claim to some bronze pixels, which could nearly catch them up to the Dodgers and Cubbies.
The Astros also did some fine work. While they haven’t rostered a ton of HoMErs, they’ve tenured two career-long HoMErs (Bagwell and Biggio) and gotten darn near the entire career of Jose Cruz. They have an exceptionally high number of HoME careers/year (one of only eight franchises at 0.10 or higher). They picked up two more places in the rankings.
You’ll see that I’ve included the Cleveland Spiders here. They bring defunct and da noise and are the only non-active franchise on the list. You may recall from last time that I mentioned how the Spiders are the highest ranked defunct franchise. If you’re an active franchise, getting past these guys is a baseline sign of competency. Well since we last met, the Blue Jays squeezed by. Good on ’em. The M’s got so darned close, but will have to wait for Junior Griffey’s election next year to make it (and they will likely pass the Jays in the standings as they do).
Which leaves the four most recently created teams as the lollygaggers. And other than Todd Helton, those squads don’t have a ton of strong HoME candidates in the pipeline. That’s not to say, however that there wasn’t any action from the back section. The Johnson-and-Schilling-and-rain-God-willing D’Backs pushed the team from the bottom of the barrel to nearly almost kind-of respectability. Well, at least they are better than the other three most recent expansion teams. Speaking of which, until Evan Longoria gets into the HoME (a big if in itself), Tampa doesn’t have much hope of moving up. They are currently ranked fifty-third among all franchises, and who’s going to push them up the ladder?
Now I promised you a little extra fun in the first paragraph. For those with civic pride, here’s a look at the HoME standings for various cities in MLB history. If your city isn’t listed, well, you can guess what that means.
As you might image, a certain New York city tops the rankings in many ways: most seasons played, most HoME careers, most HoMErs rostered. What you might not have guessed is that in terms of the number of HoME careers per season, another certain New York city tops NYC, and that is Buffalo. Its defunct Bisons who played nine years in the 1870s and 1880s featured O’Rourke, Brouthers, White, and Galvin, all in their primes. Actually, the town that tops them both is…Providence, Rhode Island. At the exact same time as Buffalo’s rise to prominence, the Providence Grays were beating the pants off the NL with their own HoME core of Radbourn, Hines, Ward (though not Hines Ward, he’d come along in another 100 years), Wright, and a cameo by the above mentioned O’Rourke.
Angelenos and Friscoans can be proud of their respective nines. Each has propelled 5.5 careers into the HoME in just 50 odd short years. Compare to their contemporaries in Minneapolis (51 years, 1.5 HoMErs) or Kansas City (60 year, 2.7 HoMErs). But as we mentioned previously, Houston is putting up some fight: 48 years, 4.8 HoME careers, despite rostering just 15 HoMErs comped to 19 for SF and 24 for LA. And speaking of Minneapolis, pity not only them but the poor Washingtonians who came before them in the AL, and who no matter what leagues we look at limp in with just 3.2 HoME careers in the 95 MLB seasons they’ve participated in. Blech.
The counterpart to the Cleveland Spiders among cities is Montreal. They’ve seen the 21st highest number of HoME careers, and just seven teams sit below them. All either expansion teams or relocation projects. Arlington, Texas, will pass Montreal the time anyone who spend a third of the career is elected (probably Ivan Rodriguez), then comes Toronto, Seattle, and Minneapolis. Seriously? Minneapolis? Come Twins, you can do better than this, can’t you? The fact that you can’t says some pretty crappy things about you….
So for those who wish to, puff your chest in team or civic pride, and for those without much cause for celebration, pocket that pride for now. But don’t worry, there’s always another election for your team to do some catching up with. Not to mention that we’re about to start electing managers, which means more chances…and also more Yankees and Giants.