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To Start Or To Relieve: Wade Davis

James Shields was the “big name” in the Shields/Wade Davis trade, but the success or failure of the trade hinges on Davis. Shields is the Kansas City Royals’ ace, but he’s a free agent after the 2014 season. Whether he pitches well or not, it’s likely he’s gone after two years. However, Davis is under team control until 2016. The Royals believe Shields will improve the team now. As for Davis, the Royals believe he will develop into a two or three starter and be a part of the starting rotation the next few seasons.

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This spring, the Royals plan to give Davis every chance to make the starting rotation as their 3-4-5 starter. From 2009-2011, Davis started 64 games for the Tampa Bay Rays. But last year, Davis stayed in the bullpen, appearing in 54 games. During Spring Training, the Rays gave Davis a shot as their fifth starter, but he lost out to Jeff Niemann. And when Niemann went down with a broken ankle, the Rays promoted Alex Cobb to the starting rotation, leaving Davis in the bullpen.

So is Davis a better starter, or a better reliever? Let’s see what the stats say:

Year ERA G GS IP ER WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 3.72 6 6 36.1 15 1.266 8.2 0.5 3.2 8.9 2.77
2010 4.07 29 29 168.0 76 1.351 8.8 1.3 3.3 6.1 1.82
2011 4.45 29 29 184.0 91 1.375 9.3 1.1 3.1 5.1 1.67
2012 2.43 54 0 70.1 19 1.095 6.1 0.6 3.7 11.1 3.00
4 Yrs 3.94 118 64 458.2 201 1.315 8.6 1.1 3.3 6.7 2.04
162 Game Avg. 3.94 44 24 171 75 1.315 8.6 1.1 3.3 6.7 2.04
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/20/2013.

Davis prefers a starting role, but his stats say he’s a better reliever. He had a much lower ERA, and over nine innings gave up fewer hits and struck out more batters. However, he did walk more batters over nine innings, which isn’t good if you’re a reliever. And with the Rays talented starting rotation last year, Davis stayed in the bullpen.

But how does Davis as a starter compare to the 2012 Royals starting rotation? Here’s the stats of the top five Royals starters:

Rk ERA G GS IP ER WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1 Bruce Chen* 5.07 34 34 191.2 108 1.367 10.1 1.5 2.2 6.6 2.98
2 Luke Hochevar 5.73 32 32 185.1 118 1.419 9.8 1.3 3.0 7.0 2.36
3 Luis Mendoza 4.23 30 25 166.0 78 1.416 9.5 0.8 3.2 5.6 1.76
4 Jeremy Guthrie 3.16 14 14 91.0 32 1.132 8.3 0.9 1.9 5.5 2.95
5 Will Smith* 5.32 16 16 89.2 53 1.606 11.1 1.2 3.3 5.9 1.79
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/20/2013.

If you take Davis’ worst year, 2011, he had a better ERA than the Royals rotation, save Jeremy Guthrie and Luis Mendoza. The Royals rotation had more SO/9 than the 2011 Davis and except for Mendoza and Will Smith, the Royals rotation had a better BB/9 ratio than the 2011 Davis. If Davis was in the Royals starting rotation last year, he would likely be the number three starter behind Guthrie and Mendoza.

So what does this mean? Well, Davis is a good middle of the rotation starter, but is a better reliever. If Bruce Chen and Mendoza regress, Luke Hochevar pitches like Luke Hochevar and Davis pitches like he did in 2010, he’ll be in the starting rotation. But if Chen, Mendoza or Hochevar have a great Spring Training, Davis might end up in the bullpen.

But that’s not likely, despite what happens this spring. The Royals will give Davis every opportunity to make the starting rotation, just to show the Shields/Davis trade wasn’t a bust like some Royals fans and pundits think it is. If Shields and Davis are starters, the trade doesn’t look bad. The team got two quality starters to improve their rotation. But if Shields is a starter and Davis is a reliever, then the trade looks like the Royals got an ace for only two years and another bullpen arm in an already strong bullpen. Not bad, but not that good either.

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Cooperstown Choices: Mike Stanton

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 Mike Stanton

 

Mike Stanton
Stanton’s 19 year career would lead him to eight major league teams, most notably the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.  In 2001, he would be selected to the American League roster for the All Star Game.

Year Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1989 ATL 0 1 1.50 20 10 7 24.0 17 4 4 8 27 245 10.1
1990 ATL 0 3 18.00 7 4 2 7.0 16 16 14 4 7 24 9.0
1991 ATL 5 5 2.88 74 20 7 78.0 62 27 25 21 54 136 6.2
1992 ATL 5 4 4.10 65 23 8 63.2 59 32 29 20 44 90 6.2
1993 ATL 4 6 4.67 63 41 27 52.0 51 35 27 29 43 86 7.4
1994 ATL 3 1 3.55 49 15 3 45.2 41 18 18 26 35 120 6.9
1995 TOT 2 1 4.24 48 22 1 40.1 48 23 19 14 23 109 5.1
1995 ATL 1 1 5.59 26 10 1 19.1 31 14 12 6 13 77 6.1
1995 BOS 1 0 3.00 22 12 0 21.0 17 9 7 8 10 164 4.3
1996 TOT 4 4 3.66 81 28 1 78.2 78 32 32 27 60 141 6.9
1996 BOS 4 3 3.83 59 19 1 56.1 58 24 24 23 46 132 7.3
1996 TEX 0 1 3.22 22 9 0 22.1 20 8 8 4 14 165 5.6
1997 NYY 6 1 2.57 64 15 3 66.2 50 19 19 34 70 176 9.5
1998 NYY 4 1 5.47 67 26 6 79.0 71 51 48 26 69 81 7.9
1999 NYY 2 2 4.33 73 10 0 62.1 71 30 30 18 59 109 8.5
2000 NYY 2 3 4.10 69 20 0 68.0 68 32 31 24 75 118 9.9
2001 NYY 9 4 2.58 76 16 0 80.1 80 25 23 29 78 175 8.7
2002 NYY 7 1 3.00 79 25 6 78.0 73 29 26 28 44 148 5.1
2003 NYM 2 7 4.57 50 24 5 45.1 37 25 23 19 34 93 6.8
2004 NYM 2 6 3.16 83 19 0 77.0 70 32 27 33 58 136 6.8
2005 TOT 3 3 4.64 59 12 0 42.2 49 24 22 15 27 91 5.7
2005 TOT 1 2 6.60 29 6 0 15.0 18 11 11 6 13 68 7.8
2005 NYY 1 2 7.07 28 6 0 14.0 17 11 11 6 12 61 7.7
2005 WSN 2 1 3.58 30 6 0 27.2 31 13 11 9 14 115 4.6
2005 BOS 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 9.0
2006 TOT 7 7 3.99 82 22 8 67.2 70 30 30 27 48 110 6.4
2006 WSN 3 5 4.47 56 7 0 44.1 47 22 22 21 30 96 6.1
2006 SFG 4 2 3.09 26 15 8 23.1 23 8 8 6 18 148 6.9
2007 CIN 1 3 5.93 69 11 0 57.2 75 39 38 18 40 78 6.2
19 Yrs 68 63 3.92 1178 363 84 1114.0 1086 523 485 420 895 112 7.2
162 Game Avg. 4 4 3.92 68 21 5 64 63 30 28 24 52 112 7.2
W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
ATL (7 yrs) 18 21 4.01 304 123 55 289.2 277 146 129 114 223 99 6.9
NYY (7 yrs) 31 14 3.77 456 118 15 448.1 430 197 188 165 407 121 8.2
BOS (3 yrs) 5 3 3.56 82 31 1 78.1 76 33 31 31 57 142 6.5
NYM (2 yrs) 4 13 3.68 133 43 5 122.1 107 57 50 52 92 116 6.8
WSN (2 yrs) 5 6 4.13 86 13 0 72.0 78 35 33 30 44 103 5.5
SFG (1 yr) 4 2 3.09 26 15 8 23.1 23 8 8 6 18 148 6.9
TEX (1 yr) 0 1 3.22 22 9 0 22.1 20 8 8 4 14 165 5.6
CIN (1 yr) 1 3 5.93 69 11 0 57.2 75 39 38 18 40 78 6.2
NL (12 yrs) 32 45 4.11 618 205 68 565.0 560 285 258 220 417 101 6.6
AL (9 yrs) 36 18 3.72 560 158 16 549.0 526 238 227 200 478 125 7.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Stanton, while starting his career as a closer, established himself in the thankless role of being one of the best setup men in baseball.  His longevity, durability and stability in the bullpen has him as one of the best players to do what he did.

Why He Should Not Get In
Unfortunately, what he did was something that most writers brush aside.  He does not have the key numbers in wins, strikeouts, or saves to warrant his place in Cooperstown.  A pitcher in the middle of a baseball game that did not start or close the game, makes it hard to qualify his place in history.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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Cooperstown Choices: Roger Clemens

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 Roger Clemens


Roger Clemens
One of the most discussed names on this year’s ballot will be that of the Texas fireballer, Roger Clemens.

His 24-year career would yield 11 All Star nominations, seven Cy Young Awards, a Most Valuable Player Award and countless moments that many fans will never forget.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1984 BOS 9 4 4.32 21 20 5 1 133.1 146 67 64 29 126 97 8.5
1985 BOS 7 5 3.29 15 15 3 1 98.1 83 38 36 37 74 130 6.8
1986 BOS 24 4 2.48 33 33 10 1 254.0 179 77 70 67 238 169 8.4
1987 BOS 20 9 2.97 36 36 18 7 281.2 248 100 93 83 256 154 8.2
1988 BOS 18 12 2.93 35 35 14 8 264.0 217 93 86 62 291 141 9.9
1989 BOS 17 11 3.13 35 35 8 3 253.1 215 101 88 93 230 132 8.2
1990 BOS 21 6 1.93 31 31 7 4 228.1 193 59 49 54 209 211 8.2
1991 BOS 18 10 2.62 35 35 13 4 271.1 219 93 79 65 241 165 8.0
1992 BOS 18 11 2.41 32 32 11 5 246.2 203 80 66 62 208 174 7.6
1993 BOS 11 14 4.46 29 29 2 1 191.2 175 99 95 67 160 104 7.5
1994 BOS 9 7 2.85 24 24 3 1 170.2 124 62 54 71 168 176 8.9
1995 BOS 10 5 4.18 23 23 0 0 140.0 141 70 65 60 132 117 8.5
1996 BOS 10 13 3.63 34 34 6 2 242.2 216 106 98 106 257 139 9.5
1997 TOR 21 7 2.05 34 34 9 3 264.0 204 65 60 68 292 222 10.0
1998 TOR 20 6 2.65 33 33 5 3 234.2 169 78 69 88 271 174 10.4
1999 NYY 14 10 4.60 30 30 1 1 187.2 185 101 96 90 163 102 7.8
2000 NYY 13 8 3.70 32 32 1 0 204.1 184 96 84 84 188 131 8.3
2001 NYY 20 3 3.51 33 33 0 0 220.1 205 94 86 72 213 128 8.7
2002 NYY 13 6 4.35 29 29 0 0 180.0 172 94 87 63 192 102 9.6
2003 NYY 17 9 3.91 33 33 1 1 211.2 199 99 92 58 190 113 8.1
2004 HOU 18 4 2.98 33 33 0 0 214.1 169 76 71 79 218 145 9.2
2005 HOU 13 8 1.87 32 32 1 0 211.1 151 51 44 62 185 226 7.9
2006 HOU 7 6 2.30 19 19 0 0 113.1 89 34 29 29 102 194 8.1
2007 NYY 6 6 4.18 18 17 0 0 99.0 99 52 46 31 68 108 6.2
24 Yrs 354 184 3.12 709 707 118 46 4916.2 4185 1885 1707 1580 4672 143 8.6
162 Game Avg. 17 9 3.12 34 34 6 2 236 201 91 82 76 224 143 8.6
W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
BOS (13 yrs) 192 111 3.06 383 382 100 38 2776.0 2359 1045 943 856 2590 144 8.4
NYY (6 yrs) 83 42 4.01 175 174 3 2 1103.0 1044 536 491 398 1014 114 8.3
HOU (3 yrs) 38 18 2.40 84 84 1 0 539.0 409 161 144 170 505 180 8.4
TOR (2 yrs) 41 13 2.33 67 67 14 6 498.2 373 143 129 156 563 196 10.2
AL (21 yrs) 316 166 3.21 625 623 117 46 4377.2 3776 1724 1563 1410 4167 139 8.6
NL (3 yrs) 38 18 2.40 84 84 1 0 539.0 409 161 144 170 505 180 8.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
The list here is long and showcases a pure Hall Of Famer.  354 wins, 7 Cy Young Awards, 4,672 strikeouts, four seasons with more than 20 wins, two seasons with an ERA below 2.00, and a career ERA of 3.12.  His average wins in a 162 game season would be 17 and he would average 224 strikeouts.  The numbers show a unamious, first ballot hall of fame candidate.

Why He Should Not Get In
Short and sweet, steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.  There is a large amount of suspicion around Clemens and it will keep many voters from putting him into Cooperstown.  His career and his numbers speak for themselves.  His recent actions and suspicions taint all that he has accomplished, however.

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Cooperstown Choices: David Wells

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 David Wells

 

David Wells
The man known as “Boomer” would spend a remarkable 21 years with nine different major league teams.  During his long career, he would be selected to three All Star rosters and finish third in the Cy Young Award voting on two seperate occassions.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1987 TOR 4 3 3.99 18 2 0 0 29.1 37 14 13 12 32 115 9.8
1988 TOR 3 5 4.62 41 0 0 0 64.1 65 36 33 31 56 85 7.8
1989 TOR 7 4 2.40 54 0 0 0 86.1 66 25 23 28 78 153 8.1
1990 TOR 11 6 3.14 43 25 0 0 189.0 165 72 66 45 115 131 5.5
1991 TOR 15 10 3.72 40 28 2 0 198.1 188 88 82 49 106 114 4.8
1992 TOR 7 9 5.40 41 14 0 0 120.0 138 84 72 36 62 76 4.7
1993 DET 11 9 4.19 32 30 0 0 187.0 183 93 87 42 139 103 6.7
1994 DET 5 7 3.96 16 16 5 1 111.1 113 54 49 24 71 123 5.7
1995 TOT 16 8 3.24 29 29 6 0 203.0 194 88 73 53 133 141 5.9
1995 DET 10 3 3.04 18 18 3 0 130.1 120 54 44 37 83 159 5.7
1995 CIN 6 5 3.59 11 11 3 0 72.2 74 34 29 16 50 115 6.2
1996 BAL 11 14 5.14 34 34 3 0 224.1 247 132 128 51 130 97 5.2
1997 NYY 16 10 4.21 32 32 5 2 218.0 239 109 102 45 156 107 6.4
1998 NYY 18 4 3.49 30 30 8 5 214.1 195 86 83 29 163 127 6.8
1999 TOR 17 10 4.82 34 34 7 1 231.2 246 132 124 62 169 101 6.6
2000 TOR 20 8 4.11 35 35 9 1 229.2 266 115 105 31 166 123 6.5
2001 CHW 5 7 4.47 16 16 1 0 100.2 120 55 50 21 59 104 5.3
2002 NYY 19 7 3.75 31 31 2 1 206.1 210 100 86 45 137 118 6.0
2003 NYY 15 7 4.14 31 30 4 1 213.0 242 101 98 20 101 106 4.3
2004 SDP 12 8 3.73 31 31 0 0 195.2 203 85 81 20 101 104 4.6
2005 BOS 15 7 4.45 30 30 2 0 184.0 220 95 91 21 107 102 5.2
2006 TOT 3 5 4.42 13 13 0 0 75.1 97 41 37 12 38 102 4.5
2006 BOS 2 3 4.98 8 8 0 0 47.0 64 30 26 8 24 96 4.6
2006 SDP 1 2 3.49 5 5 0 0 28.1 33 11 11 4 14 117 4.4
2007 TOT 9 9 5.43 29 29 0 0 157.1 201 97 95 42 82 76 4.7
2007 SDP 5 8 5.54 22 22 0 0 118.2 156 74 73 33 63 72 4.8
2007 LAD 4 1 5.12 7 7 0 0 38.2 45 23 22 9 19 87 4.4
21 Yrs 239 157 4.13 660 489 54 12 3439.0 3635 1702 1578 719 2201 108 5.8
162 Game Avg. 14 9 4.13 39 29 3 1 204 215 101 93 43 130 108 5.8
W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
TOR (8 yrs) 84 55 4.06 306 138 18 2 1148.2 1171 566 518 294 784 110 6.1
NYY (4 yrs) 68 28 3.90 124 123 19 9 851.2 886 396 369 139 557 114 5.9
SDP (3 yrs) 18 18 4.33 58 58 0 0 342.2 392 170 165 57 178 91 4.7
DET (3 yrs) 26 19 3.78 66 64 8 1 428.2 416 201 180 103 293 122 6.2
BOS (2 yrs) 17 10 4.56 38 38 2 0 231.0 284 125 117 29 131 101 5.1
LAD (1 yr) 4 1 5.12 7 7 0 0 38.2 45 23 22 9 19 87 4.4
CIN (1 yr) 6 5 3.59 11 11 3 0 72.2 74 34 29 16 50 115 6.2
BAL (1 yr) 11 14 5.14 34 34 3 0 224.1 247 132 128 51 130 97 5.2
CHW (1 yr) 5 7 4.47 16 16 1 0 100.2 120 55 50 21 59 104 5.3
AL (19 yrs) 211 133 4.11 584 413 51 12 2985.0 3124 1475 1362 637 1954 110 5.9
NL (4 yrs) 28 24 4.28 76 76 3 0 454.0 511 227 216 82 247 94 4.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Boomer’s career numbers fall just short of the typical yardsticks we use for Cooperstown enshrinement, but that’s not to say he wasn’t a solid player.  While he only got to the coveted 20-win plateua once, he did find himself real close to it on multiple occassions.  He spent a good portion of his career pitching for losing ball clubs, which took an impact on his numbers.

Why He Should Not Get In
Losing clubs or not, Wells is not a Hall Of Famer.  His win total (239), strikeout total (2,201), strikeouts per nine innings (5.8) and earned run average (4.13) do not put him on par with his peers in Cooperstown.  Wells was a good, not great, pitcher.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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Cooperstown Choices: Roberto Hernandez

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 Roberto Hernandez

 

Roberto Hernandez
Ten teams would host Hernandez as a relief pitcher over his 17 year career.  He would be selected as an All Star in 1996 with the White Sox and 1999 with Tampa Bay.

Year Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1991 CHW 1 0 7.80 9 1 0 15.0 18 15 13 7 6 52 3.6
1992 CHW 7 3 1.65 43 27 12 71.0 45 15 13 20 68 236 8.6
1993 CHW 3 4 2.29 70 67 38 78.2 66 21 20 20 71 185 8.1
1994 CHW 4 4 4.91 45 43 14 47.2 44 29 26 19 50 96 9.4
1995 CHW 3 7 3.92 60 57 32 59.2 63 30 26 28 84 115 12.7
1996 CHW 6 5 1.91 72 61 38 84.2 65 21 18 38 85 249 9.0
1997 TOT 10 3 2.45 74 50 31 80.2 67 24 22 38 82 176 9.1
1997 CHW 5 1 2.44 46 43 27 48.0 38 15 13 24 47 181 8.8
1997 SFG 5 2 2.48 28 7 4 32.2 29 9 9 14 35 168 9.6
1998 TBD 2 6 4.04 67 58 26 71.1 55 33 32 41 55 118 6.9
1999 TBD 2 3 3.07 72 66 43 73.1 68 27 25 33 69 161 8.5
2000 TBD 4 7 3.19 68 58 32 73.1 76 33 26 23 61 155 7.5
2001 KCR 5 6 4.12 63 55 28 67.2 69 34 31 26 46 117 6.1
2002 KCR 1 3 4.33 53 42 26 52.0 62 29 25 12 39 115 6.8
2003 ATL 5 3 4.35 66 12 0 60.0 61 36 29 43 45 99 6.8
2004 PHI 3 5 4.76 63 11 0 56.2 66 39 30 29 44 95 7.0
2005 NYM 8 6 2.58 67 20 4 69.2 57 20 20 28 61 160 7.9
2006 TOT 0 3 3.11 68 19 2 63.2 61 32 22 32 48 144 6.8
2006 PIT 0 3 2.93 46 14 2 43.0 46 24 14 24 33 153 6.9
2006 NYM 0 0 3.48 22 5 0 20.2 15 8 8 8 15 127 6.5
2007 TOT 3 3 6.41 50 20 0 46.1 59 37 33 25 31 71 6.0
2007 CLE 3 1 6.23 28 8 0 26.0 33 21 18 16 18 73 6.2
2007 LAD 0 2 6.64 22 12 0 20.1 26 16 15 9 13 68 5.8
17 Yrs 67 71 3.45 1010 667 326 1071.1 1002 475 411 462 945 131 7.9
162 Game Avg. 4 5 3.45 68 45 22 72 67 32 28 31 63 131 7.9
W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
CHW (7 yrs) 29 24 2.87 345 299 161 404.2 339 146 129 156 411 153 9.1
TBD (3 yrs) 8 16 3.43 207 182 101 218.0 199 93 83 97 185 143 7.6
KCR (2 yrs) 6 9 4.21 116 97 54 119.2 131 63 56 38 85 116 6.4
NYM (2 yrs) 8 6 2.79 89 25 4 90.1 72 28 28 36 76 150 7.6
PIT (1 yr) 0 3 2.93 46 14 2 43.0 46 24 14 24 33 153 6.9
SFG (1 yr) 5 2 2.48 28 7 4 32.2 29 9 9 14 35 168 9.6
PHI (1 yr) 3 5 4.76 63 11 0 56.2 66 39 30 29 44 95 7.0
ATL (1 yr) 5 3 4.35 66 12 0 60.0 61 36 29 43 45 99 6.8
LAD (1 yr) 0 2 6.64 22 12 0 20.1 26 16 15 9 13 68 5.8
CLE (1 yr) 3 1 6.23 28 8 0 26.0 33 21 18 16 18 73 6.2
AL (13 yrs) 46 50 3.35 696 586 316 768.1 702 323 286 307 699 138 8.2
NL (6 yrs) 21 21 3.71 314 81 10 303.0 300 152 125 155 246 117 7.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
The question of Hernandez reaching the Hall Of Fame comes down to a question of how to judge his career.  When you spend your entire career as a relief pitcher, and over half of it as a reliever that is not closing games, it becomes increasingly hard to judge your worth.  He has over 300 saves in his career and an impressive 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings, but will it be enough?

Why He Should Not Get In
In short, relief pitchers that are not closers simply don’t find their way to Cooperstown.  While Hernandez’s numbers were sufficient to make him a sought after arm for many years, it is hard to see his credentials ever ending with “Hall Of Famer”.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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Cooperstown Choices: Curt Schilling

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 Curt Schilling

 

Curt Schilling
The epitome of the term “big game pitcher”, Curt Schilling was the pitcher that helped the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox to World Championships.  His 20 year career was highlighted with six all star appearances and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting three times.  He also finished in the top 15 of the Most Valuable Player voting four times in his career.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1988 BAL 0 3 9.82 4 4 0 0 14.2 22 19 16 10 4 41 2.5
1989 BAL 0 1 6.23 5 1 0 0 8.2 10 6 6 3 6 63 6.2
1990 BAL 1 2 2.54 35 0 0 0 46.0 38 13 13 19 32 151 6.3
1991 HOU 3 5 3.81 56 0 0 0 75.2 79 35 32 39 71 92 8.4
1992 PHI 14 11 2.35 42 26 10 4 226.1 165 67 59 59 147 150 5.8
1993 PHI 16 7 4.02 34 34 7 2 235.1 234 114 105 57 186 99 7.1
1994 PHI 2 8 4.48 13 13 1 0 82.1 87 42 41 28 58 96 6.3
1995 PHI 7 5 3.57 17 17 1 0 116.0 96 52 46 26 114 118 8.8
1996 PHI 9 10 3.19 26 26 8 2 183.1 149 69 65 50 182 134 8.9
1997 PHI 17 11 2.97 35 35 7 2 254.1 208 96 84 58 319 143 11.3
1998 PHI 15 14 3.25 35 35 15 2 268.2 236 101 97 61 300 134 10.0
1999 PHI 15 6 3.54 24 24 8 1 180.1 159 74 71 44 152 136 7.6
2000 TOT 11 12 3.81 29 29 8 2 210.1 204 90 89 45 168 124 7.2
2000 PHI 6 6 3.91 16 16 4 1 112.2 110 49 49 32 96 120 7.7
2000 ARI 5 6 3.69 13 13 4 1 97.2 94 41 40 13 72 130 6.6
2001 ARI 22 6 2.98 35 35 6 1 256.2 237 86 85 39 293 157 10.3
2002 ARI 23 7 3.23 36 35 5 1 259.1 218 95 93 33 316 140 11.0
2003 ARI 8 9 2.95 24 24 3 2 168.0 144 58 55 32 194 159 10.4
2004 BOS 21 6 3.26 32 32 3 0 226.2 206 84 82 35 203 148 8.1
2005 BOS 8 8 5.69 32 11 0 0 93.1 121 59 59 22 87 80 8.4
2006 BOS 15 7 3.97 31 31 0 0 204.0 220 90 90 28 183 120 8.1
2007 BOS 9 8 3.87 24 24 1 1 151.0 165 68 65 23 101 123 6.0
20 Yrs 216 146 3.46 569 436 83 20 3261.0 2998 1318 1253 711 3116 127 8.6
162 Game Avg. 15 10 3.46 38 30 6 1 221 203 89 85 48 211 127 8.6
W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
PHI (9 yrs) 101 78 3.35 242 226 61 14 1659.1 1444 664 617 415 1554 126 8.4
ARI (4 yrs) 58 28 3.14 108 107 18 5 781.2 693 280 273 117 875 148 10.1
BOS (4 yrs) 53 29 3.95 119 98 4 1 675.0 712 301 296 108 574 120 7.7
BAL (3 yrs) 1 6 4.54 44 5 0 0 69.1 70 38 35 32 42 85 5.5
HOU (1 yr) 3 5 3.81 56 0 0 0 75.2 79 35 32 39 71 92 8.4
NL (13 yrs) 162 111 3.30 406 333 79 19 2516.2 2216 979 922 571 2500 131 8.9
AL (7 yrs) 54 35 4.00 163 103 4 1 744.1 782 339 331 140 616 117 7.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Schilling’s case is one that is defined by his performance in big games and the postseason.  While most of his regular season stats put him as a borderline hall of famer, his postseason numbers are seldom rivaled.  With a 11-2 record, a 2.23 earned run average, an average of over 7 innings per start, a WHIP below one and a strikeout per nine innings over eight, his postseason prowess will have many clamoring for his induction based on the postseason alone.

Why He Should Not Get In
Yes, he was a huge pitcher in the postseason and had monumental success on the biggest stage.  That being said, he does not have the hardware to back up his claim to Cooperstown.  Finishing second multiple times for the Cy Young Award simply makes him the second best pitcher during those seasons.  According to Baseball-Reference, he ranks as a slighly above the average hall of fame pitcher (according to the Jaffe WAR Score System).  However, advanced statistics have yet to play a large influence on hall of fame voters.

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Cooperstown Choices: Aaron Sele

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 Aaron Sele

 

Aaron Sele
The fifteen year career of Aaron Sele would see him pitch for six teams.  He would finish third in the 1993 Rookie Of The Year voting and be selected for the All Star roster in 1998 and 2000.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER SO ERA+ SO/9
1993 BOS 7 2 2.74 18 18 0 0 111.2 100 42 34 93 170 7.5
1994 BOS 8 7 3.83 22 22 0 0 143.1 140 68 61 105 131 6.6
1995 BOS 3 1 3.06 6 6 0 0 32.1 32 14 11 21 160 5.8
1996 BOS 7 11 5.32 29 29 0 0 157.1 192 110 93 137 95 7.8
1997 BOS 13 12 5.38 33 33 0 0 177.1 196 115 106 122 87 6.2
1998 TEX 19 11 4.23 33 33 0 0 212.2 239 116 100 167 113 7.1
1999 TEX 18 9 4.79 33 33 0 0 205.0 244 115 109 186 106 8.2
2000 SEA 17 10 4.51 34 34 0 0 211.2 221 110 106 137 102 5.8
2001 SEA 15 5 3.60 34 33 0 0 215.0 216 93 86 114 115 4.8
2002 ANA 8 9 4.89 26 26 0 0 160.0 190 92 87 82 91 4.6
2003 ANA 7 11 5.77 25 25 0 0 121.2 135 82 78 53 76 3.9
2004 ANA 9 4 5.05 28 24 1 0 132.0 163 84 74 51 88 3.5
2005 SEA 6 12 5.66 21 21 0 0 116.0 147 76 73 53 74 4.1
2006 LAD 8 6 4.53 28 15 4 0 103.1 120 57 52 57 100 5.0
2007 NYM 3 2 5.37 34 0 10 0 53.2 78 34 32 29 81 4.9
15 Yrs 148 112 4.61 404 352 15 0 2153.0 2413 1208 1102 1407 100 5.9
162 Game Avg. 13 10 4.61 36 32 1 0 194 217 109 99 127 100 5.9
BOS (5 yrs) 38 33 4.41 108 108 0 0 622.0 660 349 305 478 110 6.9
ANA (3 yrs) 24 24 5.20 79 75 1 0 413.2 488 258 239 186 85 4.0
SEA (3 yrs) 38 27 4.39 89 88 0 0 542.2 584 279 265 304 98 5.0
TEX (2 yrs) 37 20 4.50 66 66 0 0 417.2 483 231 209 353 110 7.6
NYM (1 yr) 3 2 5.37 34 0 10 0 53.2 78 34 32 29 81 4.9
LAD (1 yr) 8 6 4.53 28 15 4 0 103.1 120 57 52 57 100 5.0
AL (13 yrs) 137 104 4.59 342 337 1 0 1996.0 2215 1117 1018 1321 101 6.0
NL (2 yrs) 11 8 4.82 62 15 14 0 157.0 198 91 84 86 92 4.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Sele appeared to have a bright future ahead of him when he burst onto the scene, and for a stretch of about five years, it looked like he would develop into a top of the rotation starter.

Why He Should Not Get In
Five years does not make a career and leaves Sele well short of any of the Hall Of Fame numbers he would need.  He never quite realized his potential and that will keep him from the halls of Cooperstown.

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Cooperstown Choices: Jose Mesa

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 Jose Mesa

 

Jose Mesa
Mesa’s 19 year major league career spanned eight teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians.  While in Cleveland he would be selected to two All Star rosters, finish second in the 1995 Cy Young Award voting and fourth in the 1995 Most Valuable Player voting.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1987 BAL 1 3 6.03 6 5 0 0 31.1 38 23 21 15 17 73 4.9
1990 BAL 3 2 3.86 7 7 0 0 46.2 37 20 20 27 24 99 4.6
1991 BAL 6 11 5.97 23 23 0 0 123.2 151 86 82 62 64 67 4.7
1992 TOT 7 12 4.59 28 27 1 0 160.2 169 86 82 70 62 86 3.5
1992 BAL 3 8 5.19 13 12 1 0 67.2 77 41 39 27 22 77 2.9
1992 CLE 4 4 4.16 15 15 0 0 93.0 92 45 43 43 40 94 3.9
1993 CLE 10 12 4.92 34 33 0 0 208.2 232 122 114 62 118 88 5.1
1994 CLE 7 5 3.82 51 0 22 2 73.0 71 33 31 26 63 123 7.8
1995 CLE 3 0 1.13 62 0 57 46 64.0 49 9 8 17 58 418 8.2
1996 CLE 2 7 3.73 69 0 60 39 72.1 69 32 30 28 64 130 8.0
1997 CLE 4 4 2.40 66 0 38 16 82.1 83 28 22 28 69 195 7.5
1998 TOT 8 7 4.57 76 0 36 1 84.2 91 50 43 38 63 99 6.7
1998 CLE 3 4 5.17 44 0 18 1 54.0 61 36 31 20 35 92 5.8
1998 SFG 5 3 3.52 32 0 18 0 30.2 30 14 12 18 28 116 8.2
1999 SEA 3 6 4.98 68 0 60 33 68.2 84 42 38 40 42 100 5.5
2000 SEA 4 6 5.36 66 0 29 1 80.2 89 48 48 41 84 86 9.4
2001 PHI 3 3 2.34 71 0 59 42 69.1 65 26 18 20 59 182 7.7
2002 PHI 4 6 2.97 74 0 64 45 75.2 65 26 25 39 64 131 7.6
2003 PHI 5 7 6.52 61 0 47 24 58.0 71 44 42 31 45 62 7.0
2004 PIT 5 2 3.25 70 0 65 43 69.1 78 26 25 20 37 132 4.8
2005 PIT 2 8 4.76 55 0 48 27 56.2 61 30 30 26 37 88 5.9
2006 COL 1 5 3.86 79 0 26 1 72.1 73 32 31 36 39 128 4.9
2007 TOT 2 3 7.11 56 0 21 1 50.2 53 48 40 25 29 65 5.2
2007 DET 1 1 12.34 16 0 8 0 11.2 19 16 16 6 9 38 6.9
2007 PHI 1 2 5.54 40 0 13 1 39.0 34 32 24 19 20 83 4.6
19 Yrs 80 109 4.36 1022 95 633 321 1548.2 1629 811 750 651 1038 100 6.0
162 Game Avg. 5 7 4.36 62 6 39 20 94 99 49 46 40 63 100 6.0
W L ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
CLE (7 yrs) 33 36 3.88 341 48 195 104 647.1 657 305 279 224 447 116 6.2
PHI (4 yrs) 13 18 4.05 246 0 183 112 242.0 235 128 109 109 188 102 7.0
BAL (4 yrs) 13 24 5.41 49 47 1 0 269.1 303 170 162 131 127 74 4.2
PIT (2 yrs) 7 10 3.93 125 0 113 70 126.0 139 56 55 46 74 108 5.3
SEA (2 yrs) 7 12 5.18 134 0 89 34 149.1 173 90 86 81 126 92 7.6
COL (1 yr) 1 5 3.86 79 0 26 1 72.1 73 32 31 36 39 128 4.9
SFG (1 yr) 5 3 3.52 32 0 18 0 30.2 30 14 12 18 28 116 8.2
DET (1 yr) 1 1 12.34 16 0 8 0 11.2 19 16 16 6 9 38 6.9
AL (13 yrs) 54 73 4.53 540 95 293 138 1077.2 1152 581 543 442 709 97 5.9
NL (8 yrs) 26 36 3.96 482 0 340 183 471.0 477 230 207 209 329 108 6.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
His 321 saves ranks him 14th in major league baseball over his career.  For a good portion of his career, he was considered one of the best closers in baseball.

Why He Should Not Get In
Closers are still not getting into the Hall Of Fame easily and Mesa would have a hill to climb to get there.  With players ahead of him with more than 400 saves, he will be hard pressed to force his way in to Cooperstown.

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Cooperstown Choices: Woody Williams

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 Woody Williams



Woody Williams
After 15 years and four uniforms in the major leagues, Woody Williams retired from baseball in 2007.  His lone All Star selection came in 2003 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1993 TOR 3 1 4.38 30 0 0 0 37.0 40 18 18 22 24 100 5.8
1994 TOR 1 3 3.64 38 0 0 0 59.1 44 24 24 33 56 133 8.5
1995 TOR 1 2 3.69 23 3 0 0 53.2 44 23 22 28 41 129 6.9
1996 TOR 4 5 4.73 12 10 1 0 59.0 64 33 31 21 43 106 6.6
1997 TOR 9 14 4.35 31 31 0 0 194.2 201 98 94 66 124 104 5.7
1998 TOR 10 9 4.46 32 32 1 1 209.2 196 112 104 81 151 103 6.5
1999 SDP 12 12 4.41 33 33 0 0 208.1 213 106 102 73 137 96 5.9
2000 SDP 10 8 3.75 23 23 4 0 168.0 152 74 70 54 111 114 5.9
2001 TOT 15 9 4.05 34 34 3 1 220.0 224 110 99 56 154 101 6.3
2001 SDP 8 8 4.97 23 23 0 0 145.0 170 88 80 37 102 80 6.3
2001 STL 7 1 2.28 11 11 3 1 75.0 54 22 19 19 52 190 6.2
2002 STL 9 4 2.53 17 17 1 0 103.1 84 30 29 25 76 159 6.6
2003 STL 18 9 3.87 34 33 0 0 220.2 220 101 95 55 153 106 6.2
2004 STL 11 8 4.18 31 31 0 0 189.2 193 93 88 58 131 101 6.2
2005 SDP 9 12 4.85 28 28 0 0 159.2 174 92 86 51 106 80 6.0
2006 SDP 12 5 3.65 25 24 0 0 145.1 152 68 59 35 72 111 4.5
2007 HOU 8 15 5.27 33 31 0 0 188.0 216 114 110 53 101 84 4.8
15 Yrs 132 116 4.19 424 330 10 2 2216.1 2217 1096 1031 711 1480 103 6.0
162 Game Avg. 12 10 4.19 38 30 1 0 200 200 99 93 64 133 103 6.0
W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
TOR (6 yrs) 28 34 4.30 166 76 2 1 613.1 589 308 293 251 439 108 6.4
SDP (5 yrs) 51 45 4.32 132 131 4 0 826.1 861 428 397 250 528 95 5.8
STL (4 yrs) 45 22 3.53 93 92 4 1 588.2 551 246 231 157 412 118 6.3
HOU (1 yr) 8 15 5.27 33 31 0 0 188.0 216 114 110 53 101 84 4.8
NL (9 yrs) 104 82 4.14 258 254 8 1 1603.0 1628 788 738 460 1041 100 5.8
AL (6 yrs) 28 34 4.30 166 76 2 1 613.1 589 308 293 251 439 108 6.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Woody Williams was a fairly unremarkable player over the course of his career who would flash moments of brilliance.

Why He Should Not Get In
He simply does not have the overall numbers to warrant inclusion in the Hall Of Fame.

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Cardinals Get Their LOOGY

The St. Louis Cardinals have been looking for a left handed relief pitcher this off season.  Today, they got their man.

Cards sign Choate to 3 years, $75 million contract

Randy Choate is a 37-year old left handed relief pitcher that has pitched for five teams in his twelve year major league career, spanning back to his rookie season in 2000 with the New York Yankees.

Choate is a true LOOGY (Left-handed One Out GuY) and exactly what the Cardinals were looking for.  He has lead the league in appearances two of the last three seasons with 85 in 2010 and 80 in 2012.  As the term suggests, however, many appearances do not lead to a ton of innings.  Choate threw just 38.2 innings last season.

Tough against lefties, he has held them to a .201 batting average over his career while compiling a 3.52 strikeout to walk ratio as well.

He split time last year between Florida and the Dodgers, having been part of the Hanley Ramirez trade.

Here’s a quick look at his career statistics, as well as his 2012 splits, courtesy of Baseball Reference:

Year Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2000 NYY 0 1 4.76 22 6 0 17.0 14 10 9 3 8 0 12 1 75 103 1.294 7.4 4.2 6.4 1.50
2001 NYY 3 1 3.35 37 13 0 48.1 34 21 18 0 27 2 35 9 207 135 1.262 6.3 5.0 6.5 1.30
2002 NYY 0 0 6.04 18 11 0 22.1 18 18 15 1 15 0 17 3 101 74 1.478 7.3 6.0 6.9 1.13
2003 NYY 0 0 7.36 5 2 0 3.2 7 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 16 65 2.182 17.2 2.5 0.0 0.00
2004 ARI 2 4 4.62 74 17 0 50.2 52 26 26 1 28 11 49 5 232 100 1.579 9.2 5.0 8.7 1.75
2005 ARI 0 0 9.00 8 0 0 7.0 8 7 7 0 5 1 4 1 35 51 1.857 10.3 6.4 5.1 0.80
2006 ARI 0 1 3.94 30 3 0 16.0 21 9 7 0 3 0 12 3 75 122 1.500 11.8 1.7 6.8 4.00
2007 ARI 0 0 2 0 0 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2009 TBR 1 0 3.47 61 13 5 36.1 28 15 14 4 11 3 28 0 142 126 1.073 6.9 2.7 6.9 2.55
2010 TBR 4 3 4.23 85 8 0 44.2 41 23 21 3 17 5 40 3 187 93 1.299 8.3 3.4 8.1 2.35
2011 FLA 1 1 1.82 54 6 0 24.2 13 7 5 3 13 5 31 2 103 217 1.054 4.7 4.7 11.3 2.38
2012 TOT 0 0 3.03 80 4 1 38.2 29 18 13 1 18 3 38 5 168 131 1.216 6.8 4.2 8.8 2.11
2012 MIA 0 0 2.49 44 4 1 25.1 16 11 7 0 9 0 27 3 104 161 0.987 5.7 3.2 9.6 3.00
2012 LAD 0 0 4.05 36 0 0 13.1 13 7 6 1 9 3 11 2 64 96 1.650 8.8 6.1 7.4 1.22
12 Yrs 11 11 4.02 476 83 6 309.1 268 157 138 16 146 30 266 32 1344 109 1.338 7.8 4.2 7.7 1.82
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/5/2012.

Career Splits:

I Split G R H 2B 3B HR BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP IBB BAbip tOPS+
vs RHB as LHP 272 74 134 30 1 9 88 62 0.70 .279 .404 .401 .806 22 15 25 .303 141
vs LHB as LHP 446 85 134 33 1 7 58 204 3.52 .201 .278 .284 .563 13 17 5 .273 68
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Generated 12/5/2012.

2012 Splits:

Split G R H 2B 3B HR BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP IBB BAbip tOPS+
vs RHB as LHP 38 3 13 1 0 0 9 8 0.89 .325 .471 .350 .821 14 1 2 1 .406 188
vs LHB as LHP 72 13 16 3 0 1 9 30 3.33 .158 .243 .218 .461 22 2 3 2 .208 63
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Generated 12/5/2012.

The Cardinals will turn their focus to the middle infield now, where there appear to be shopping for an upgrade at second base or a long term answer at shortstop.

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