Cooperstown Choices: Ruben Sierra

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 Ruben Sierra

Ruben Sierra
Twenty years spread over nine teams, Sierra’s career started in 1986 as a member of the Texas Rangers. It would come to a close in 2006 in Minnesota. This is Sierra’s first time on the ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1986 TEX 113 382 50 101 13 10 16 55 7 22 65 .264 .302 .476 .779 107
1987 TEX 158 643 97 169 35 4 30 109 16 39 114 .263 .302 .470 .771 101
1988 TEX 156 615 77 156 32 2 23 91 18 44 91 .254 .301 .424 .725 100
1989 TEX 162 634 101 194 35 14 29 119 8 43 82 .306 .347 .543 .889 146
1990 TEX 159 608 70 170 37 2 16 96 9 49 86 .280 .330 .426 .756 111
1991 TEX 161 661 110 203 44 5 25 116 16 56 91 .307 .357 .502 .859 138
1992 TOT 151 601 83 167 34 7 17 87 14 45 68 .278 .323 .443 .766 117
1992 TEX 124 500 66 139 30 6 14 70 12 31 59 .278 .315 .446 .761 115
1992 OAK 27 101 17 28 4 1 3 17 2 14 9 .277 .359 .426 .785 126
1993 OAK 158 630 77 147 23 5 22 101 25 52 97 .233 .288 .390 .678 86
1994 OAK 110 426 71 114 21 1 23 92 8 23 64 .268 .298 .484 .781 106
1995 TOT 126 479 73 126 32 0 19 86 5 46 76 .263 .323 .449 .772 104
1995 OAK 70 264 40 70 17 0 12 42 4 24 42 .265 .323 .466 .789 111
1995 NYY 56 215 33 56 15 0 7 44 1 22 34 .260 .322 .428 .750 95
1996 TOT 142 518 61 128 26 2 12 72 4 60 83 .247 .320 .375 .695 75
1996 NYY 96 360 39 93 17 1 11 52 1 40 58 .258 .327 .403 .730 83
1996 DET 46 158 22 35 9 1 1 20 3 20 25 .222 .306 .310 .616 57
1997 TOT 39 138 10 32 5 3 3 12 0 9 34 .232 .277 .377 .654 69
1997 CIN 25 90 6 22 5 1 2 7 0 6 21 .244 .292 .389 .681 75
1997 TOR 14 48 4 10 0 2 1 5 0 3 13 .208 .250 .354 .604 57
1998 CHW 27 74 7 16 4 1 4 11 2 3 11 .216 .247 .459 .706 80
2000 TEX 20 60 5 14 0 0 1 7 1 4 9 .233 .281 .283 .565 43
2001 TEX 94 344 55 100 22 1 23 67 2 19 52 .291 .322 .561 .884 124
2002 SEA 122 419 47 113 23 0 13 60 4 31 66 .270 .319 .418 .736 97
2003 TOT 106 307 33 83 17 1 9 43 2 27 47 .270 .327 .420 .748 93
2003 TEX 43 133 14 35 9 0 3 12 1 14 27 .263 .333 .398 .732 85
2003 NYY 63 174 19 48 8 1 6 31 1 13 20 .276 .323 .437 .760 100
2004 NYY 107 307 40 75 12 1 17 65 1 25 55 .244 .296 .456 .752 94
2005 NYY 61 170 14 39 12 0 4 29 0 9 41 .229 .265 .371 .636 69
2006 MIN 14 28 3 5 1 0 0 4 0 4 7 .179 .273 .214 .487 30
20 Seasons 2186 8044 1084 2152 428 59 306 1322 142 610 1239 .268 .315 .450 .765 105
162 Game Avg. 162 596 80 159 32 4 23 98 11 45 92 .268 .315 .450 .765 105
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
TEX (10 yrs) 1190 4580 645 1281 257 44 180 742 90 321 676 .280 .323 .473 .796 116
NYY (5 yrs) 383 1226 145 311 64 3 45 221 4 109 208 .254 .310 .421 .730 88
OAK (4 yrs) 365 1421 205 359 65 7 60 252 39 113 212 .253 .303 .435 .737 100
MIN (1 yr) 14 28 3 5 1 0 0 4 0 4 7 .179 .273 .214 .487 30
CIN (1 yr) 25 90 6 22 5 1 2 7 0 6 21 .244 .292 .389 .681 75
SEA (1 yr) 122 419 47 113 23 0 13 60 4 31 66 .270 .319 .418 .736 97
DET (1 yr) 46 158 22 35 9 1 1 20 3 20 25 .222 .306 .310 .616 57
CHW (1 yr) 27 74 7 16 4 1 4 11 2 3 11 .216 .247 .459 .706 80
TOR (1 yr) 14 48 4 10 0 2 1 5 0 3 13 .208 .250 .354 .604 57
AL (20 yrs) 2161 7954 1078 2130 423 58 304 1315 142 604 1218 .268 .316 .450 .766 105
NL (1 yr) 25 90 6 22 5 1 2 7 0 6 21 .244 .292 .389 .681 75
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Sierra was a journeyman that made four All Star appearances and won a silver slugger award. As much as fellow hopeful Edgar Martinez represents Designated Hitters, Sierra can join him in that argument having spent a considerable amount of time as one himself. He has 306 home runs, 1322 runs batted in and 2,152 hits.

Why He Should Not Get In
His counting numbers are low and if the writers are going to be willing to put someone known as a designated hitter into the Hall, he needs to have numbers that knock your socks off. He had some impressive years and some solid production, but it was not sustained long enough to make a difference.

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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