When last we checked the agate type, we had elected nary a manager. Since then we’ve not only enshrined all 22 skippers but also tacked on our player class of 2016. So let’s now peek in on how your favorite teams stack up. As always, the latest standings can be found after each election in the HoME Stats that we publish on our Honorees page.
Twenty-four honorees after our last update, and thanks to the additions of Huggins, McCarthy, Stengel, and Torre, the Yankees have stormed ahead and own a fairly substantial lead over the Giants who in turn (thanks to McGraw and Durocher) have a nice cushion over everyone else. The Yanks and Giants lead all comers in both the the number of HoME careers they’ve hosted (that is the fraction of their HoME players’ career games) and the number of HoME careers per year of the club’s existence. The only place they don’t top the lists is in the raw number of HoMErs who have appeared for them. The Braves squeak by them 49 to 48.
A couple other teams, meanwhile, surged forward. Behind Jim Edmonds, Billy Southworth, Tony La Russa, and Whitey Herzog, the Cardinals leapt from tenth place to seventh. The Royals, tightly bunched with several other expansion teams, pushed up two spots to twenty-first.
And most important of all, the final pre-1993 expansion team left the Spiders’ web. That is to say that between Ken Griffey, Jr., and Dick Williams, the Mariners burst past the Cleveland Spiders. The Spiders are our highest ranked defunct team, so it’s kind of important that a contemporary team not get stuck behind them for too long. But the M’s didn’t stop there, bypassing their expansion mates the Toronto Blue Jays to drop into 24th place. Currently all four post-1977 expansion franchises sit below the Spiders, but as we’ll see in a moment, one of them might see a beacon of hope in the not too distant future.
On the other hand, the Twins/Senators did not benefit at all from any of these twenty-four honorees, and there’s not that much hope on the horizon. They remain the lamest franchise out there in terms of their HoME population. They’re nearly 3.5 HoME careers behind the Reds who are their nearest competitor among teams surviving since the first decade of the twentieth century. But they also now trail the expansion Houston Astros by almost half a HoME career, while the Mets are nipping at their heels. Help isn’t exactly on the way, and both the Mets and the Angels (who are less than one full HoME career behind the Minnesotans) have some irons in the proverbial fire. Worst of all, the Twinkies don’t have a tidal wave of strong managerial or player candidates coming in the next five years that will catch them up to Cincy:
- 2017: Players—Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Vlad Guerrero, Jorge Posada; Managers—Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland
- 2018: Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen, Johan Santana, Jim Thome
- 2019: Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera
- 2020: Derek Jeter
- 2021: Mark Buehrle (maybe), Tim Hudson
Most of Johan Santana’s career, and a little of Jim Thome’s. That’s it. Not close to enough to make a serious run at the Reds. Of course, the Reds themselves have pieces of Rolen and Johnson anyway, while the Mets get about half of Johnson, and a bit of John and the Angels get a chunk of Vladi. The big winners will be the Yankees, of course. They have as much as three and three-quarters of a HoME career on that board (depending on how much you like Posada). The Phillies show surprising strength with not only Rolen, but also Thome, Halladay, and Oswalt chipping in. Finally, the Braves, Indians, Jays, will add to their totals, as will the squad directly in front of the Twins, the Astros. One important name up there is Todd Helton. He’s a full career for the Rockies, and adding him to their current total would push them juuuuuust over the Spiders. We’ll see whether Miller and I can stand the suspense.
And finally, there’s the lonely Rays, way way down at the bottom of the standings. While Manny Ramirez, should we induct him, would give them another teeny tiny slice of a HoME career, unless Jose Bautista or Ben Zobrist have a few ridiculously good years before they age out, the Rays by the Bay will have to wait until about 2035 for their next most likely HoMEr, Evan Longoria, to get his plaque.