Cooperstown Choices: Jeff Conine

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2013, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty four men on the ballot for the first time 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 2013 menu at the top of the page.

In this article, we take a look at Jeff Conine



Jeff Conine
Conine played for 17 years in the major leagues, joining the rosters of six different teams.  Conine’s most notable years were as a member of the expansion Florida Marlins, where he finished third in the 1993 Rookie Of The Year voting and was selected to two All Star rosters.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1990 KCR 9 20 3 5 2 0 0 2 0 2 5 .250 .318 .350 .668 89
1992 KCR 28 91 10 23 5 2 0 9 0 8 23 .253 .313 .352 .665 85
1993 FLA 162 595 75 174 24 3 12 79 2 52 135 .292 .351 .403 .754 99
1994 FLA 115 451 60 144 27 6 18 82 1 40 92 .319 .373 .525 .898 130
1995 FLA 133 483 72 146 26 2 25 105 2 66 94 .302 .379 .520 .899 135
1996 FLA 157 597 84 175 32 2 26 95 1 62 121 .293 .360 .484 .844 124
1997 FLA 151 405 46 98 13 1 17 61 2 57 89 .242 .337 .405 .742 98
1998 KCR 93 309 30 79 26 0 8 43 3 26 68 .256 .312 .417 .729 87
1999 BAL 139 444 54 129 31 1 13 75 0 30 40 .291 .335 .453 .787 103
2000 BAL 119 409 53 116 20 2 13 46 4 36 53 .284 .341 .438 .779 100
2001 BAL 139 524 75 163 23 2 14 97 12 64 75 .311 .386 .443 .829 123
2002 BAL 116 451 44 123 26 4 15 63 8 25 66 .273 .307 .448 .755 102
2003 TOT 149 577 88 163 36 3 20 95 5 50 70 .282 .338 .459 .797 109
2003 BAL 124 493 75 143 33 3 15 80 5 37 60 .290 .338 .460 .799 110
2003 FLA 25 84 13 20 3 0 5 15 0 13 10 .238 .337 .452 .789 106
2004 FLA 140 521 55 146 35 1 14 83 5 48 78 .280 .340 .432 .772 103
2005 FLA 131 335 42 102 20 2 3 33 2 38 58 .304 .374 .403 .777 110
2006 TOT 142 489 54 131 26 4 10 66 3 40 65 .268 .325 .399 .724 86
2006 BAL 114 389 43 103 20 3 9 49 3 35 53 .265 .325 .401 .726 88
2006 PHI 28 100 11 28 6 1 1 17 0 5 12 .280 .327 .390 .717 80
2007 TOT 101 256 25 65 13 1 6 37 4 27 36 .254 .317 .383 .700 78
2007 CIN 80 215 23 57 11 1 6 32 4 20 28 .265 .320 .409 .729 84
2007 NYM 21 41 2 8 2 0 0 5 0 7 8 .195 .306 .244 .550 47
17 Yrs 2024 6957 870 1982 385 36 214 1071 54 671 1168 .285 .347 .443 .789 107
162 Game Avg. 162 557 70 159 31 3 17 86 4 54 93 .285 .347 .443 .789 107
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
FLA (8 yrs) 1014 3471 447 1005 180 17 120 553 15 376 677 .290 .358 .455 .813 114
BAL (6 yrs) 751 2710 344 777 153 15 79 410 32 227 347 .287 .341 .442 .782 106
KCR (3 yrs) 130 420 43 107 33 2 8 54 3 36 96 .255 .313 .400 .713 87
NYM (1 yr) 21 41 2 8 2 0 0 5 0 7 8 .195 .306 .244 .550 47
PHI (1 yr) 28 100 11 28 6 1 1 17 0 5 12 .280 .327 .390 .717 80
CIN (1 yr) 80 215 23 57 11 1 6 32 4 20 28 .265 .320 .409 .729 84
NL (10 yrs) 1143 3827 483 1098 199 19 127 607 19 408 725 .287 .354 .448 .803 111
AL (9 yrs) 881 3130 387 884 186 17 87 464 35 263 443 .282 .337 .436 .773 103
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Conine was “Mr. Marlin” when he arrived on the scene, giving the team a legitimate star in it’s early years.

Why He Should Not Get In
Being the best player on a bad team can take it’s toll.  Conine found himself as an average player on below average teams for a good portion of his career, leading to a memorable name attached to lackluster career numbers.  While a generation can tell you who Jeff Conine is, his production will not find him in the Hall Of Fame.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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Author: Bill Ivie

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