Gold Ink Test Introduction

While browsing the other blogs for HBD, I came across one post which discussed the HOF voting process and a quick test to see if a candidate was worthy of induction or not, based on what the blogger called the “gold-ink” test. In real life, HOF voters use the “black-ink” and “grey-ink” tests to consider a player’s eligibility. According to baseball-reference.com, the “black ink” test “measure[s] how often a player led the league in a variety of ‘important’ stats. This method penalizes more recent players as they have 14-16 teams per league, while the older players had just 8. To get a point you must lead the league in that category.” The grey-ink test is similar, but measures top-10-in-the-league performances.

As the other blogger pointed out, WIS does not keep detailed enough records to conduct the black and grey ink tests, so they devised the “gold-ink” test in which they calculated the average number of awards per player in their world’s HOF for both field players and pitchers and compared the candidate’s career accolades for a quick test. Since we are in the middle of HOF voting ourselves, I thought it might be an interesting experiment. The results are below, and I’ll follow this up with a look at each S31 candidate’s case for induction taking into account said results.

Player, Pos (inducted) # of Awards Awards Won
Jocko Leonard, LF (S17) 14 5 All Star, 4 MVP, 5 Silver Slugger
Joe Barker, RF (S17) 9 4 All Star, 2 Gold Glove, MVP, 2 Silver Slugger
Victor Flores, 1B (S20) 41 13 All Star, 4 MVP, 11 Gold Glove, 11 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring, 1 HR Derby Win
Sparky Houston, RF (S21) 26 10 All Star, 1 MVP, 1 Gold Glove, 12 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring, 1 All-Star MVP
Davey Beltran,1B (S22) 16 4 All Star, 3 MVP, 4 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings, 1 All-Star MVP, 2 HR Derby Wins
Mac Barkley, RF (S22) 4 2 All Star, 2 Silver Slugger
Tommy Coggin, 1B (S22) 8 4 All Star, 1 Gold Glove, 3 Silver Slugger
Hong-Jin Gong, 1B (S24) 7 4 All Star, 2 Silver Slugger, 1 All-Star MVP
Jerome Graham, 2B (S24) 22 11 All Star, 8 Silver Slugger, 3 WS Rings
Victor Torcato, 2B (S24) 15 8 All Star, 1 MVP, 3 Silver Slugger, 1 Gold Glove, 1 WS Ring, 1 HR Derby Win
Dan Cooper, LF (S25) 17 6 All Star, 1 MVP, 6 Silver Slugger, 3 Gold Glove, 1 WS Ring
Sammy Martinez, RF (S26) 8 3 All Star, 1 MVP, 1 Gold Glove, 3 Silver Slugger
Dean Becker, RF (S27) 19 7 All Star, 3 MVP, 7 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings
Marv Catalanotto, DH (S27) 8 2 All Star, 3 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring, 1 All-Star MVP, 1 HR Derby Win
Eddie Lombard, RF (S28) 16 7 All Star, ROY, 1 Gold Glove, 6 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings
Spud Fischer, 1B (S28) 22 8 All Star, 5 MVP, 3 Gold Glove, 5 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring
Alexander James, C (S29) 13 5 All Star, 7 Silver Slugger, 1 HR Derby Win
Emmanuel Reid, 1B (S29) 21 7 All Star, 5 MVP, ROY, 1 Gold Glove, 5 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings
Jamie Dong, 3B (S29) 10 5 All Star, 2 MVP, 1 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring, 1 HR Derby Win
Warren Weaver, LF (S29) 11 5 All Star, 2 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings, 2 HR Derby Wins
Hunter Beckett (S30) 9 5 All Star, 1 Gold Glove, 3 Silver Slugger
Alberto Manual, 2B (S31) 18 11 All Star, 1 MVP, 6 Silver Slugger
Fritz Allan, SS (S31) 20 8 All Star, 1 MVP, 3 Gold Gloves, 6 Silver Sluggers, 2 All-Star MVPs
Stan Garland, 1B (S31) 5 ROY, 3 Silver Sluggers, 1 World Series Ring
Mariano Sivilla, RF (S32) 19 9 All Star, 2 MVP, 6 Silver Slugger, 2 World Series Rings
Vince Key, DH (S33) 13 3 All Star, 7 Silver Slugger, 2 World Series Rings, 1 All-Star MVP
Bernie Maduro, RF (S33) 26 ROY, 10 All Star, 4 MVP, 8 Silver Slugger, 1 World Series Ring, 1 All-Star MVP, 1 Cycle
Davey Sheldon, LF (S34) 13
Derrek Donovan, 2B (S34) 3
Jonathan Hissey, RF (S34) 13
Donald Maduro, RF (S35) 9
Dean Scutaro, DH (S36) 6
Pitcher, Role (inducted) # of Awards Awards Won
Ted Franco, SP (S22) 11 7 All Star, 3 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Tino Chen, SP (S24) 9 7 All Star, ROY, 1 WS Ring
Felipe Nunez, SP (S28) 15 10 All Star, 4 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Albert Estrada, SP (S33)   13 10 All Star, 3 Cy Young
Joey Spivey, SP (S34) 10
Hector Morris, SP (S34) 17
Aurelio Machado (S35) 11
Hi Patterson, RP (S36) 9
Carlos Lugo, SP (S36) 11

Position Player Totals: 32 players, 461 Awards, 14.41 Awards per player = Gold-Ink Standard

Pitcher Totals: 9 players, 106 Awards, 11.78 Awards per player = Gold-Ink Standard

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