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
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.
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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.
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