With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.
There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.
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In this article, we take a look at Brian Jordan.
The two-sport superstar trying to follow in the footsteps of Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan arrived on the Major League scene in 1992 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team would soon sign him to a baseball only contract and the former All-Pro Safety would concentrate his efforts in the outfield. He would play his final game in 2006 with the Atlanta Braves, making this his first year on the ballot.
|162 Game Avg.||162||574||84||162||30||4||20||91||13||39||94||.282||.333||.455||.788||104|
|STL (7 yrs)||643||2306||346||671||122||24||84||367||86||139||373||.291||.339||.474||.813||114|
|ATL (5 yrs)||558||1947||289||535||96||9||71||323||28||141||318||.275||.327||.443||.770||94|
|LAD (2 yrs)||194||695||93||201||36||3||24||108||3||57||116||.289||.349||.453||.802||116|
|TEX (1 yr)||61||212||27||47||13||1||5||23||2||16||35||.222||.275||.363||.638||60|
|NL (14 yrs)||1395||4948||728||1407||254||36||179||798||117||337||807||.284||.336||.459||.795||106|
|AL (1 yr)||61||212||27||47||13||1||5||23||2||16||35||.222||.275||.363||.638||60|
Why He Should Get In
The case for Brian Jordan to reach Cooperstown is a fairly weak one. A career riddled with injuries towards the end, he can boast 1,454 hits and 184 home runs while driving in 821 runs. In an era where corner outfielders were power hitters that ranked high in the league in most categories, Jordan was average and had a solid career, albeit not a legendary one. His lone All Star appearance came in 1999.
Why He Should Not Get In
Jordan, as said above, had a solid career and was a key component for many clubs. He was not, however, the central part of any of those teams. His lone All Star appearance is the only “award” he ever received and his career numbers keep him well below that of a Hall Of Famer.
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