Cooperstown Choices: Steve Finley

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 Steve Finley

Steve Finley
Finley’s career would lead him to eight teams over 19 seasons, with his most memorable coming in Arizona from 1999-early 2004.  The outfielder would win five Gold Gloves during his career and be selected to two All Star rosters.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1989 BAL 81 217 35 54 5 2 2 25 17 15 30 .249 .298 .318 .616 77
1990 BAL 142 464 46 119 16 4 3 37 22 32 53 .256 .304 .328 .632 80
1991 HOU 159 596 84 170 28 10 8 54 34 42 65 .285 .331 .406 .737 113
1992 HOU 162 607 84 177 29 13 5 55 44 58 63 .292 .355 .407 .762 121
1993 HOU 142 545 69 145 15 13 8 44 19 28 65 .266 .304 .385 .689 88
1994 HOU 94 373 64 103 16 5 11 33 13 28 52 .276 .329 .434 .764 102
1995 SDP 139 562 104 167 23 8 10 44 36 59 62 .297 .366 .420 .786 110
1996 SDP 161 655 126 195 45 9 30 95 22 56 87 .298 .354 .531 .885 136
1997 SDP 143 560 101 146 26 5 28 92 15 43 92 .261 .313 .475 .788 110
1998 SDP 159 619 92 154 40 6 14 67 12 45 103 .249 .301 .401 .702 90
1999 ARI 156 590 100 156 32 10 34 103 8 63 94 .264 .336 .525 .861 113
2000 ARI 152 539 100 151 27 5 35 96 12 65 87 .280 .361 .544 .904 121
2001 ARI 140 495 66 136 27 4 14 73 11 47 67 .275 .337 .430 .767 91
2002 ARI 150 505 82 145 24 4 25 89 16 65 73 .287 .370 .499 .869 117
2003 ARI 147 516 82 148 24 10 22 70 15 57 94 .287 .363 .500 .863 115
2004 TOT 162 628 92 170 28 1 36 94 9 61 82 .271 .333 .490 .823 109
2004 ARI 104 404 61 111 16 1 23 48 8 40 52 .275 .338 .490 .828 107
2004 LAD 58 224 31 59 12 0 13 46 1 21 30 .263 .324 .491 .815 112
2005 LAA 112 406 41 90 20 3 12 54 8 26 71 .222 .271 .374 .645 71
2006 SFG 139 426 66 105 21 12 6 40 7 46 55 .246 .320 .394 .714 83
2007 COL 43 94 9 17 3 0 1 2 0 8 4 .181 .245 .245 .490 24
19 Yrs 2583 9397 1443 2548 449 124 304 1167 320 844 1299 .271 .332 .442 .775 104
162 Game Avg. 162 589 91 160 28 8 19 73 20 53 81 .271 .332 .442 .775 104
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
ARI (6 yrs) 849 3049 491 847 150 34 153 479 70 337 467 .278 .351 .500 .851 111
SDP (4 yrs) 602 2396 423 662 134 28 82 298 85 203 344 .276 .334 .458 .792 112
HOU (4 yrs) 557 2121 301 595 88 41 32 186 110 156 245 .281 .331 .406 .737 107
BAL (2 yrs) 223 681 81 173 21 6 5 62 39 47 83 .254 .302 .325 .627 79
COL (1 yr) 43 94 9 17 3 0 1 2 0 8 4 .181 .245 .245 .490 24
SFG (1 yr) 139 426 66 105 21 12 6 40 7 46 55 .246 .320 .394 .714 83
LAD (1 yr) 58 224 31 59 12 0 13 46 1 21 30 .263 .324 .491 .815 112
LAA (1 yr) 112 406 41 90 20 3 12 54 8 26 71 .222 .271 .374 .645 71
NL (16 yrs) 2248 8310 1321 2285 408 115 287 1051 273 771 1145 .275 .338 .455 .793 108
AL (3 yrs) 335 1087 122 263 41 9 17 116 47 73 154 .242 .291 .343 .634 76
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
A well-rounded player that stole more bases (320) than he hit home runs (304), Finley boasts a solid yet unremarkable career.

Why He Should Not Get In
The numbers, the awards, the iconic moments simply are not there.  While he was a likeable player that put together a solid career, it is not Cooperstown worthy.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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