Cooperstown Choices: Royce Clayton

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 Royce Clayton



Royce Clayton
Clayton’s 17 year major league career would see him play for 11 different teams, most notably the Giants and the Cardinals.  It was in St. Louis in 1997 that he would make his lone All Star roster.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1991 SFG 9 26 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 6 .115 .148 .154 .302 -13
1992 SFG 98 321 31 72 7 4 4 24 8 26 63 .224 .281 .308 .589 71
1993 SFG 153 549 54 155 21 5 6 70 11 38 91 .282 .331 .372 .702 92
1994 SFG 108 385 38 91 14 6 3 30 23 30 74 .236 .295 .327 .623 67
1995 SFG 138 509 56 124 29 3 5 58 24 38 109 .244 .298 .342 .640 73
1996 STL 129 491 64 136 20 4 6 35 33 33 89 .277 .321 .371 .692 83
1997 STL 154 576 75 153 39 5 9 61 30 33 109 .266 .306 .398 .704 84
1998 TOT 142 541 89 136 31 2 9 53 24 53 83 .251 .319 .366 .685 79
1998 STL 90 355 59 83 19 1 4 29 19 40 51 .234 .313 .327 .640 69
1998 TEX 52 186 30 53 12 1 5 24 5 13 32 .285 .330 .441 .771 96
1999 TEX 133 465 69 134 21 5 14 52 8 39 100 .288 .346 .445 .792 98
2000 TEX 148 513 70 124 21 5 14 54 11 42 92 .242 .301 .384 .685 72
2001 CHW 135 433 62 114 21 4 9 60 10 33 72 .263 .315 .393 .708 83
2002 CHW 112 342 51 86 14 2 7 35 5 20 67 .251 .295 .365 .661 74
2003 MIL 146 483 49 110 16 1 11 39 5 49 92 .228 .301 .333 .634 67
2004 COL 146 574 95 160 36 4 8 54 10 48 125 .279 .338 .397 .735 80
2005 ARI 143 522 59 141 28 4 2 44 13 38 105 .270 .320 .351 .670 74
2006 TOT 137 454 49 117 30 1 2 40 14 30 85 .258 .307 .341 .648 69
2006 WSN 87 305 36 82 22 1 0 27 8 19 53 .269 .315 .348 .663 75
2006 CIN 50 149 13 35 8 0 2 13 6 11 32 .235 .290 .329 .619 56
2007 TOT 77 195 24 48 14 0 1 12 2 14 53 .246 .296 .333 .629 66
2007 TOR 69 189 23 48 14 0 1 12 2 14 50 .254 .304 .344 .648 71
2007 BOS 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
17 Yrs 2108 7379 935 1904 363 55 110 723 231 565 1415 .258 .312 .367 .679 78
162 Game Avg. 162 567 72 146 28 4 8 56 18 43 109 .258 .312 .367 .679 78
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
SFG (5 yrs) 506 1790 179 445 72 18 18 184 66 133 343 .249 .302 .339 .641 76
STL (3 yrs) 373 1422 198 372 78 10 19 125 82 106 249 .262 .313 .371 .684 80
TEX (3 yrs) 333 1164 169 311 54 11 33 130 24 94 224 .267 .324 .418 .741 86
CHW (2 yrs) 247 775 113 200 35 6 16 95 15 53 139 .258 .307 .381 .687 79
ARI (1 yr) 143 522 59 141 28 4 2 44 13 38 105 .270 .320 .351 .670 74
COL (1 yr) 146 574 95 160 36 4 8 54 10 48 125 .279 .338 .397 .735 80
BOS (1 yr) 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
CIN (1 yr) 50 149 13 35 8 0 2 13 6 11 32 .235 .290 .329 .619 56
WSN (1 yr) 87 305 36 82 22 1 0 27 8 19 53 .269 .315 .348 .663 75
TOR (1 yr) 69 189 23 48 14 0 1 12 2 14 50 .254 .304 .344 .648 71
MIL (1 yr) 146 483 49 110 16 1 11 39 5 49 92 .228 .301 .333 .634 67
NL (12 yrs) 1451 5245 629 1345 260 38 60 486 190 404 999 .256 .311 .355 .666 76
AL (6 yrs) 657 2134 306 559 103 17 50 237 41 161 416 .262 .315 .396 .711 82
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
His lengthy career spanned both leagues for extended periods of time, seeing him as one of the top second-tier players at his position during his career.

Why He Should Not Get In
While his career was lengthy, it is hard to put a finger on any part of it that would warrant him being a Hall Of Famer.  While he enjoyed a few above average years, he was never quite remarkable enough to stand out as one of the game’s best.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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