Cooperstown Choices: Bill Mueller

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.

Tune in Saturday, January 7, 2012 as I-70 Baseball Radio will host a panel of writers discussing the Hall Of Fame Ballot in a 2-hour special.

In this article, we take a look at Bill Mueller

Bill Mueller
The St. Louis native spent his 11 year career playing for four different franchises. His debut would come wearing the Giants uniform in 1996 and he would put the finishing touches on his career in 2006 as a member of their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. This is his first year on the ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1996 SFG 55 200 31 66 15 1 0 19 0 24 26 .330 .401 .415 .816 121
1997 SFG 128 390 51 114 26 3 7 44 4 48 71 .292 .369 .428 .797 110
1998 SFG 145 534 93 157 27 0 9 59 3 79 83 .294 .383 .395 .778 110
1999 SFG 116 414 61 120 24 0 2 36 4 65 52 .290 .388 .362 .751 96
2000 SFG 153 560 97 150 29 4 10 55 4 52 62 .268 .333 .388 .721 87
2001 CHC 70 210 38 62 12 1 6 23 1 37 19 .295 .403 .448 .851 125
2002 TOT 111 366 51 96 19 4 7 38 0 52 42 .262 .350 .393 .743 98
2002 CHC 103 353 51 94 19 4 7 37 0 51 41 .266 .355 .402 .757 101
2002 SFG 8 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .154 .214 .154 .368 2
2003 BOS 146 524 85 171 45 5 19 85 1 59 77 .326 .398 .540 .938 140
2004 BOS 110 399 75 113 27 1 12 57 2 51 56 .283 .365 .446 .811 106
2005 BOS 150 519 69 153 34 3 10 62 0 59 74 .295 .369 .430 .799 109
2006 LAD 32 107 12 27 7 0 3 15 1 17 9 .252 .357 .402 .759 94
11 Seasons 1216 4223 663 1229 265 22 85 493 20 543 571 .291 .373 .425 .797 109
162 Game Avg. 162 563 88 164 35 3 11 66 3 72 76 .291 .373 .425 .797 109
SFG (6 yrs) 605 2111 333 609 121 8 28 214 15 269 295 .288 .369 .393 .763 102
BOS (3 yrs) 406 1442 229 437 106 9 41 204 3 169 207 .303 .378 .474 .853 119
CHC (2 yrs) 173 563 89 156 31 5 13 60 1 88 60 .277 .373 .419 .792 110
LAD (1 yr) 32 107 12 27 7 0 3 15 1 17 9 .252 .357 .402 .759 94
NL (8 yrs) 810 2781 434 792 159 13 44 289 17 374 364 .285 .370 .399 .768 103
AL (3 yrs) 406 1442 229 437 106 9 41 204 3 169 207 .303 .378 .474 .853 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/29/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Mueller was a defensive player that managed to show an offensive side to his game. In his short career, he would win a batting title in 2003 with the Red Sox and finish 12th in the Most Valuable Player voting that year as well. That season would also bring Mueller’s only Silver Slugger Award.

Why He Should Not Get In
Mueller’s career was shortened by injuries and therefore remained a bit lack luster. Though his career batting average was .291, that only equated to 1,229 hits and 493 runs batted in. A career that had a lot of promise, as often is the case, simply never materialized.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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Author: Bill Ivie

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