Cooperstown Choices: Brad Radke

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 Brad Radke

Brad Radke
Radke’s career was unique in the fact that he spent his entire 12 year career wearing the same uniform. He broke into the majors in 1995 and retired in 2006 as a member of the Minnesota Twins. This is Radke’s first year on the ballot.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/BB
1995 MIN 11 14 5.32 29 28 2 1 181.0 195 112 107 47 75 91 1.60
1996 MIN 11 16 4.46 35 35 3 0 232.0 231 125 115 57 148 114 2.60
1997 MIN 20 10 3.87 35 35 4 1 239.2 238 114 103 48 174 120 3.63
1998 MIN 12 14 4.30 32 32 5 1 213.2 238 109 102 43 146 111 3.40
1999 MIN 12 14 3.75 33 33 4 0 218.2 239 97 91 44 121 135 2.75
2000 MIN 12 16 4.45 34 34 4 1 226.2 261 119 112 51 141 116 2.76
2001 MIN 15 11 3.94 33 33 6 2 226.0 235 105 99 26 137 116 5.27
2002 MIN 9 5 4.72 21 21 2 1 118.1 124 64 62 20 62 95 3.10
2003 MIN 14 10 4.49 33 33 3 1 212.1 242 111 106 28 120 101 4.29
2004 MIN 11 8 3.48 34 34 1 1 219.2 229 92 85 26 143 136 5.50
2005 MIN 9 12 4.04 31 31 3 1 200.2 214 98 90 23 117 110 5.09
2006 MIN 12 9 4.32 28 28 0 0 162.1 197 87 78 32 83 104 2.59
12 Seasons 148 139 4.22 378 377 37 10 2451.0 2643 1233 1150 445 1467 113 3.30
162 Game Avg. 13 13 4.22 34 34 3 1 221 238 111 104 40 132 113 3.30
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/18/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Radke does have an All Star appearance (1998) and a top three Cy Young finish (1997) to his credit. However, his league leading stats were in categories such as Losses (2000), Home Runs Allowed (1995, 1996), and Walks Per 9 Innings (2001).

Why He Should Not Get In
Radke is probably looking at his one and only time on the ballot. With less than 150 wins and less than 1500 strikeouts, his career numbers are fan inferior to that of the other immortals in Cooperstown.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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Author: Bill Ivie

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