For fun, if we extrapolate Bagwell’s absurd ’94 season out to a full set of games, here’s what we get:

162 Games Played

216 Hits

153 Runs

171 RBI

47 2Bs

57 HR

13.1 WAR(!) tied for 22nd all time with only Walter Johnson (2x) and Babe Ruth (2x) breaking or tieing that mark since 1900.

]]>172 – Pujols

171 – Dan Brouthers

164 – Johnny Mize

152 – Roger Connor

149 – Bagwell

147 – McCovey

…and the same list by WAR looks like this…

89.1 – Cap Anson

83.8 – Pujols

80.4 – Connor

79.9 – Bagwell

73.7 – Brouthers

66.5 – Mize

65.2 – McCovey

…then, yeah, you can certainly “argue” that Bagwell belongs in that discussion, especially since he exceeds one of the guys you just “argued” for – McCovey – in both measures.

]]>If Gar is not worthy of the Hall of Fame, then very few players are.

If he had put up the exact same numbers, as a DH, in say New York instead of Seattle, what do you think his vote total would be? A LOT higher than 32%!

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It’s the last part that is keeping guys like Neyer (2017 i think) and Klaw (2018) from voting.

]]>Consider Eddie Murray. Murray stuck around for four years of 95 OPS+ ball while he brought himself over the two magic numbers. Without those four years (of 0.0 bWAR), he finishes with 441 home runs and 2820 hits. Would he have gotten into the Hall if he retired after 1993? Maybe. Would he have gotten 85.3% of the vote on his first ballot? No way.

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