Cooperstown Choices: Tim Salmon

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 Tim Salmon

Tim Salmon
An outfielder that spent his entire 14 year career playing for the same team, though the team would change it’s name three times during that span, Tim Salmon grew up in Long Beach, was drafted by the Angels, made his major league debut for the team in 1992 and retired after the 2006 campaign. He is on the ballot for the first time.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1992 CAL 23 79 8 14 1 0 2 6 1 11 23 .177 .283 .266 .548 55
1993 CAL 142 515 93 146 35 1 31 95 5 82 135 .283 .382 .536 .918 142
1994 CAL 100 373 67 107 18 2 23 70 1 54 102 .287 .382 .531 .912 132
1995 CAL 143 537 111 177 34 3 34 105 5 91 111 .330 .429 .594 1.024 165
1996 CAL 156 581 90 166 27 4 30 98 4 93 125 .286 .386 .501 .887 125
1997 ANA 157 582 95 172 28 1 33 129 9 95 142 .296 .394 .517 .911 134
1998 ANA 136 463 84 139 28 1 26 88 0 90 100 .300 .410 .533 .943 142
1999 ANA 98 353 60 94 24 2 17 69 4 63 82 .266 .372 .490 .862 119
2000 ANA 158 568 108 165 36 2 34 97 0 104 139 .290 .404 .540 .945 135
2001 ANA 137 475 63 108 21 1 17 49 9 96 121 .227 .365 .383 .748 98
2002 ANA 138 483 84 138 37 1 22 88 6 71 102 .286 .380 .503 .883 133
2003 ANA 148 528 78 145 35 4 19 72 3 77 93 .275 .374 .464 .838 122
2004 ANA 60 186 15 47 7 0 2 23 1 14 41 .253 .306 .323 .628 67
2006 LAA 76 211 30 56 8 2 9 27 0 29 44 .265 .361 .450 .811 109
14 Seasons 1672 5934 986 1674 339 24 299 1016 48 970 1360 .282 .385 .498 .884 128
162 Game Avg. 162 575 96 162 33 2 29 98 5 94 132 .282 .385 .498 .884 128
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Salmon was the 1993 Rookie Of The Year and won a Silver Slugger award in 1995. He found himself in the top 15 of Most Valuable Player voting three times during his career. He finished with 299 home runs and 1016 runs batted in, while compiling a .282 batting average over his career.

Why He Should Not Get In
A star rookie and solid career do not ensure you a place in Cooperstown. Salmon was a good player for a franchise desperately searching for an identity, but he was not a stand out player across baseball. All of his counting numbers fall short of the standards for Cooperstown.

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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