Cooperstown Choices: Kenny Lofton

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 Kenny Lofton

 

Kenny Lofton
Lofton’s career spanned 17 years, seeing time in both leagues.  He would be named an All Star on six consecutive occasions, win four straight Gold Glove awards, and finished second in the 1992 Rookie Of The Year voting.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1991 HOU 20 74 9 15 1 0 0 0 2 5 19 .203 .253 .216 .469 38
1992 CLE 148 576 96 164 15 8 5 42 66 68 54 .285 .362 .365 .726 107
1993 CLE 148 569 116 185 28 8 1 42 70 81 83 .325 .408 .408 .815 121
1994 CLE 112 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 60 52 56 .349 .412 .536 .948 145
1995 CLE 118 481 93 149 22 13 7 53 54 40 49 .310 .362 .453 .815 110
1996 CLE 154 662 132 210 35 4 14 67 75 61 82 .317 .372 .446 .817 107
1997 ATL 122 493 90 164 20 6 5 48 27 64 83 .333 .409 .428 .837 119
1998 CLE 154 600 101 169 31 6 12 64 54 87 80 .282 .371 .413 .785 102
1999 CLE 120 465 110 140 28 6 7 39 25 79 84 .301 .405 .432 .838 112
2000 CLE 137 543 107 151 23 5 15 73 30 79 72 .278 .369 .422 .791 100
2001 CLE 133 517 91 135 21 4 14 66 16 47 69 .261 .322 .398 .721 89
2002 TOT 139 532 98 139 30 9 11 51 29 72 73 .261 .350 .414 .763 103
2002 CHW 93 352 68 91 20 6 8 42 22 49 51 .259 .348 .418 .766 102
2002 SFG 46 180 30 48 10 3 3 9 7 23 22 .267 .353 .406 .758 104
2003 TOT 140 547 97 162 32 8 12 46 30 46 51 .296 .352 .450 .801 106
2003 PIT 84 339 58 94 19 4 9 26 18 28 29 .277 .333 .437 .770 98
2003 CHC 56 208 39 68 13 4 3 20 12 18 22 .327 .381 .471 .852 120
2004 NYY 83 276 51 76 10 7 3 18 7 31 27 .275 .346 .395 .741 95
2005 PHI 110 367 67 123 15 5 2 36 22 32 41 .335 .392 .420 .811 109
2006 LAD 129 469 79 141 15 12 3 41 32 45 42 .301 .360 .403 .763 95
2007 TOT 136 490 86 145 25 6 7 38 23 56 51 .296 .367 .414 .781 105
2007 TEX 84 317 62 96 16 3 7 23 21 39 28 .303 .380 .438 .818 115
2007 CLE 52 173 24 49 9 3 0 15 2 17 23 .283 .344 .370 .714 88
17 Yrs 2103 8120 1528 2428 383 116 130 781 622 945 1016 .299 .372 .423 .794 107
162 Game Avg. 162 626 118 187 30 9 10 60 48 73 78 .299 .372 .423 .794 107
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
CLE (10 yrs) 1276 5045 975 1512 244 66 87 518 452 611 652 .300 .375 .426 .800 109
PIT (1 yr) 84 339 58 94 19 4 9 26 18 28 29 .277 .333 .437 .770 98
SFG (1 yr) 46 180 30 48 10 3 3 9 7 23 22 .267 .353 .406 .758 104
PHI (1 yr) 110 367 67 123 15 5 2 36 22 32 41 .335 .392 .420 .811 109
ATL (1 yr) 122 493 90 164 20 6 5 48 27 64 83 .333 .409 .428 .837 119
TEX (1 yr) 84 317 62 96 16 3 7 23 21 39 28 .303 .380 .438 .818 115
LAD (1 yr) 129 469 79 141 15 12 3 41 32 45 42 .301 .360 .403 .763 95
CHC (1 yr) 56 208 39 68 13 4 3 20 12 18 22 .327 .381 .471 .852 120
NYY (1 yr) 83 276 51 76 10 7 3 18 7 31 27 .275 .346 .395 .741 95
HOU (1 yr) 20 74 9 15 1 0 0 0 2 5 19 .203 .253 .216 .469 38
CHW (1 yr) 93 352 68 91 20 6 8 42 22 49 51 .259 .348 .418 .766 102
AL (12 yrs) 1536 5990 1156 1775 290 82 105 601 502 730 758 .296 .372 .425 .797 108
NL (6 yrs) 567 2130 372 653 93 34 25 180 120 215 258 .307 .371 .417 .788 105
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Lofton is one of the great basestealers in recent memory.  With over 600 stolen bases, it places him in elite company.  Add to that a career batting average of .299, a career on base percentage of .372, 2,428 hits, and 383 doubles in addition to the above mentioned hardware and Lofton has a serious case for enshrinement.

Why He Should Not Get In
The numbers are impressive, but they do fall just a bit short.  He has 2,428 hits, not 2,500.  He has 383 doubles, not 400.  He falls just short in multiple categories.  Ultimately, it probably won’t keep him out of the Hall permanently, just for the next few years.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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