January 11, 2000
STATLG-L Hall of Fame Results
Even Better than the Real Thing
Fact is, no one even came close. Only one player, Gary Carter, drew votes from more than half the people who cast ballots, and fellow catcher Carlton Fisk was the only other player named by even one-third of the voters. Although the number of voters was appreciably higher than in any of the previous (non-Web) elections, the number of players selected on each ballot was much lower than ever before. The 518 voters placed their checkmarks 1384 times, an average of just 2.67 selections per ballot. By comparison, last season's strong slate averaged 6.96 names per ballot, and there were 5.55 names per ballot the previous year (another weak year in which STATLG-L elected no one).
So the STATLG-L voters didn't elect anyone to the Hall of Fame this year, and the number of names per ballot was exceedingly low. Even so, the rank-order of players, shown below, reveals some interesting contrasts to the media hype and hoopla surrounding the "real" HOF vote. Media darling Tony Perez finished fifth in our vote, drawing support from fewer than one of every six participants. Jack Morris finished far behind another first-timer, as Goose Gossage was one of just four players to receive as many as a quarter of the votes. And a mere ten, count 'em, ten people thought All-American boy Steve Garvey merited a plaque in Cooperstown. Five of this year's newcomers failed to draw the attention of even one STATLG-L Hall of Fame voter.
I'm already looking forward to next year, when the STATLG-L HOF vote celebrates its tenth anniversary with Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly, Lou Whitaker, Dave Stewart, and Kirby Puckett looming on the horizon...
Player Name Votes Percent (389 required for election) Gary Carter 321 62.0% Carlton Fisk 221 42.7% Bert Blyleven 139 26.8% Rich Gossage 135 26.1% Tony Perez 80 15.4% Jim Rice 60 11.6% Jim Kaat 56 10.8% Luis Tiant 56 10.8% Tommy John 54 10.4% Bruce Sutter 47 9.1% Jack Morris 46 8.9% Dale Murphy 37 7.1% Keith Hernandez 33 6.4% Dave Concepcion 22 4.2% Ron Guidry 21 4.1% Dave Parker 20 3.9% Steve Garvey 10 1.9% Jeff Reardon 10 1.9% Bob Boone 4 0.8% Dave Henderson 3 0.6% Willie Wilson 3 0.6% Charlie Hough 2 0.4% Rick Sutcliffe 2 0.4% Hubie Brooks 1 0.2% Kent Hrbek 1 0.2% Bill Gullickson 0 0.0% Bruce Hurst 0 0.0% Steve Sax 0 0.0% Lonnie Smith 0 0.0% Bob Welch 0 0.0%Neal Traven is the co-chair of the Statistical Analysis Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
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