So, I’ve been thinking about my problem with letting Jim Rice into the Hall of Fame. And I’ve been thinking about my book. The two have nothing to do with each other, which sounds like a good excuse for a contest.
Here’s the deal. Listed below are 21 outfielders who are or were at one point eligible for enshrinement in Cooperstown. All have played within the last 50 years and two are in the Hall of Fame.
Your task, should you decide to accept it, is to identify — in the comments — a) the two HOFers and b) all 21 players. The first person to do so correctly will receive a copy of the Ducksnorts 2009 Baseball Annual. Your bosses can thank me later for killing your productivity on a Friday.
I’ll give you a couple hints to help get you started: a) Three of these guys patrolled the same outfield together for many years. b) Two had sons who went onto become big-league outfielders.
Bonus question: How do you choose just two of these guys for the Hall of Fame without slapping a brand name on ‘em? Finally, to be absolutely clear, none of this is meant as a knock against Rice; it’s a knock against the people who voted him into an institution that should be held to the highest possible standards.
|Statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.|
The position listed is the one most frequently played. The list is sorted by RBI in descending order because voting types seem to like RBI.
Leave your guesses in the comments. Use the format “letter designation in table, player name, HOF yes or no,” with each player on a separate line, e.g.:
A, Shawn Abner, no
B, Randell Byers, yes
C, Jerald Clark, no
Check out the winning answers if you are so inclined. And feel free to let me know in the comments what mechanism dictates which of these guys “belong” in the Hall of Fame.