Cooperstown Choices: Shawn Green

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 Shawn Green


Shawn Green
Green’s 15 year major league career spanned four franchises, most notably the Blue Jays and Dodgers.  He would be named to two All Star rosters, in 1999 as a Blue Jay and again in 2002 as a Dodger.  He would also win a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove in 1999.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1993 TOR 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
1994 TOR 14 33 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 8 .091 .118 .121 .239 -38
1995 TOR 121 379 52 109 31 4 15 54 1 20 68 .288 .326 .509 .835 115
1996 TOR 132 422 52 118 32 3 11 45 5 33 75 .280 .342 .448 .790 99
1997 TOR 135 429 57 123 22 4 16 53 14 36 99 .287 .340 .469 .809 110
1998 TOR 158 630 106 175 33 4 35 100 35 50 142 .278 .334 .510 .844 117
1999 TOR 153 614 134 190 45 0 42 123 20 66 117 .309 .384 .588 .972 144
2000 LAD 162 610 98 164 44 4 24 99 24 90 121 .269 .367 .472 .839 116
2001 LAD 161 619 121 184 31 4 49 125 20 72 107 .297 .372 .598 .970 154
2002 LAD 158 582 110 166 31 1 42 114 8 93 112 .285 .385 .558 .944 154
2003 LAD 160 611 84 171 49 2 19 85 6 68 112 .280 .355 .460 .814 116
2004 LAD 157 590 92 157 28 1 28 86 5 71 114 .266 .352 .459 .811 113
2005 ARI 158 581 87 166 37 4 22 73 8 62 95 .286 .355 .477 .832 114
2006 TOT 149 530 73 147 31 3 15 66 4 45 82 .277 .344 .432 .776 95
2006 ARI 115 417 59 118 22 3 11 51 4 37 64 .283 .348 .429 .778 95
2006 NYM 34 113 14 29 9 0 4 15 0 8 18 .257 .325 .442 .768 97
2007 NYM 130 446 62 130 30 1 10 46 11 37 62 .291 .352 .430 .782 103
15 Yrs 1951 7082 1129 2003 445 35 328 1070 162 744 1315 .283 .355 .494 .850 120
162 Game Avg. 162 588 94 166 37 3 27 89 13 62 109 .283 .355 .494 .850 120
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
TOR (7 yrs) 716 2513 402 718 164 15 119 376 76 206 510 .286 .344 .505 .849 117
LAD (5 yrs) 798 3012 505 842 183 12 162 509 63 394 566 .280 .366 .510 .876 130
ARI (2 yrs) 273 998 146 284 59 7 33 124 12 99 159 .285 .352 .457 .809 106
NYM (2 yrs) 164 559 76 159 39 1 14 61 11 45 80 .284 .346 .433 .779 102
NL (8 yrs) 1235 4569 727 1285 281 20 209 694 86 538 805 .281 .361 .489 .850 121
AL (7 yrs) 716 2513 402 718 164 15 119 376 76 206 510 .286 .344 .505 .849 117
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Green had a span of five to seven years of top production.  His career numbers in doubles (445), home runs (328), runs batted in (1,070) and hits (2,003) paint him as an elite ball player.

Why He Should Not Get In
Elite ball player is accurate, but he would have needed a few more years to translate that into being an all time great ball player.  His numbers are good, but not quite good enough for Cooperstown.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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