Dreams came true for Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez yesterday. They were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
All three had long, great careers filled with great accomplishments.
Pudge Rodriguez won the 1999 AL MVP as well as 13 Gold Gloves in his 20 year career. Bagwell won the NL MVP in 1994 and was a 4-time All-Star. Raines was a 7-time All-Star and led the majors in stolen bases four times.
So, who’s the least deserving of the accomplishment?
Let’s go ahead and take Pudge out of it. He was a 14-time All-Star and had the most hits (2,844) of the group.
Raines had a long career, but the second half was marred by injury, forcing him to make a nomadic trip through a lot of different teams. He only hit 170 home runs, but he was a lead-off guy, so we’ll give him a break there. He stole 90 bases in one year, and scored a bunch of runs.
Bagwell had a monster year in the strike shortened 1994 season. He hit .368 with a .750 SLG, 39 HRs, and 116 RBIs in 110 games. It was enough to earn him an unanimous NL MVP. He also hit 449 HRs in his career and hit .297.
I like Tim Raines, but he earns the distinction here. Still, least deserving hall of famer is like saying you’re the poorest billionaire.
If someone makes it on their 10th ballot, should they really be in?