Gold Ink Test – Season 37

Here is the yearly look at the Hall of Fame candidates from the perspective of Career Awards. For those who are new to the Gold Ink Test, the basic idea is that I compare all candidates with current Hall members using the number of individual awards as the benchmark. A full explanation of my methods is available at the link above and the results for this year are below. In the interest of time/simplicity, I am only going to do write-ups on guys that I see have received votes or that I nominated, and will add them as necessary rather than doing a writeup for every single person. The current standards are 14 awards per position player and 12 per pitcher:

 

Ray Cook, CF…5 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 3 All Star
  • 2 Silver Sluggers

 

There is no doubting the fact that Cook was a very solid ML contributor in his day. That being said, I have never really seen anything that jumps out and says “HOF worthy” among his career accomplishments, other than maybe 433 HR by a CF, but that alone doesn’t do it for me.

 

Rich Garcia, C…2 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 1 Silver Slugger

 

Juan Jimenez, RF…1 of 14    

Career Awards:

  • 1 Cycle

 

Jack Leon, 2B…7 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star
  • 3 Gold Glove

 

I nominated Leon for his speed and his defense, but mostly his speed because I was pretty sure that SB total is pretty high on the all-time list. After checking the Record Book, it turns out he was a little over 100 off the top 5, so I wouldn’t be offended if he gets totally ignored but also haven’t totally ruled out voting for him either. [Note: I didn’t vote for him]

 

Diego Lind, LF…3 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 2 Gold Glove

 

Cooper Martin, 1B…8 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Rookie of the Year
  • 2 All Star
  • 2 Silver Slugger
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 1 World Series Ring
  • 1 Cycle

 

Michael Martin, C…12 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 9 All Star
  • 3 Silver Slugger

 

A case could certainly be made for Martin, but Santana’s offensive numbers were better and he played the majority of his career at SS. Walcutt’s numbers were quite similar, but he too played a harder defensive position (3B) and got more awards. In a just world, Santana/Walcutt get elected this season and Martin goes in the next time there is a similar field. However, if people disagree with me on either Santana or Walcutt and prefer Martin I would have no trouble changing that vote.

 

Del Park, LF…1 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Silver Slugger

 

Sticky Perkins, 1B…1 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Silver Slugger

 

Alex Santana, RF…13 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 7 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 3 Silver Slugger
  • 1 World Series Ring
  • 1 All-Star MVP

 

Santana tied Walcutt for the best performance by a position player on the Gold Ink Test this season, and I have been lobbying on his behalf for a couple of seasons at this point and with not a lot of competition from position players this year it seems like this may be his best shot at election.

 

Hootie Sobkowiak, 1B…4 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 2 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 1 Silver Slugger  

 

Mike Walcutt, LF…13 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 6 All-Star
  • 2 Silver Slugger
  • 3 World Series Rings
  • 2 Cycles

 

I wrote last year that Walcutt is a future HOFer, but that it wouldn’t happen last season (and it didn’t, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation). There is a glut of qualified pitching candidates this season, but a bit of a thin crop of position players, placing Walcutt at the top of that list.

 

Chance Ward, C…2 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 2 All Star

 

Jolbert Alicea, RP…4 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star

 

Jordan Coles, SP…3 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 1 Fireman of the Year

 

Harry Concepcion, SP…2 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 1 World Series Ring

 

Hal Engle, SP…5 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 5 All Star

 

Jesus Flores, RP…12 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 9 All Star
  • 3 Fireman of the Year

 

Flores is one of the best closers in FYC history, and now that Hi Patterson has opened the door to relievers in the Hall I think that Flores should get some serious consideration. His 582 saves put him 4th all-time, and are just six fewer than what got Patterson in last season. His WHIP and ERA are also among the lowest of all the candidates this season.

 

Kevin Holdridge,SP… 6 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star
  • 1 Silver Slugger
  • 1 No Hitter

 

PT Kydd, SP…5 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 5 All Star

 

Neifi Mercado, SP…5 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 3 All Star
  • 1 Silver Slugger
  • 1 World Series Ring

 

Bey Perkins, RP…9 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 8 All Star
  • 1 Fireman of the Year

Willis Quinn, SP…17 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 9 All Star
  • 4 Cy Young
  • 2 No Hitters
  • 2 World Series Rings

 

Quinn has tied Hector Morris for the most awards of a HOF member or candidate for pitchers. His 4 Cy Youngs alone should be enough to get him in, but if it wasn’t here are a couple more numbers to consider: 2nd all-time IP, 4th all-time in Wins, #3 all-time in strikeouts…in short: a must-have in the HOF.

 

Howard Ramsey, RP…8 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star
  • 3 Fireman of the Year
  • 1 World Series Ring

 

Daryl Reid,SP…9 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 5 All Star
  • 2 Cy Young
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 1 World Series Ring

 

Much like Walcutt last year, I believe Reid to be a future HOFer, and he would almost certainly have gotten one of my votes in any other season. However, with this incredibly stacked pitching class I think he’ll have to wait a year.

 

Stump Stein, RP…21 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 11 All Star
  • 6 Fireman of the Year
  • 4 World Series Rings

 

Stein is far and away the most qualified pitcher that has been up for HOF candidacy, bringing awards, statistics and rings to the table to make his case. He’s 5th all-time in both saves and save percentage (88.8%), is tied for the most Rings I can remember an individual winning in FYC, and has 11 All-Star appearances plus 6 FOYs to go with all that.

 

Jimmie Tarraga, SP…7 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 6 All Star
  • 1 World Series Ring

 

Tarraga rounds out the most qualified field of pitching HOF candidates I’ve seen anywhere in HBD, and will get one of my five votes. He ranks 3rd in IP, 5th in wins and 2nd in strikeouts. To put that in perspective, he occupies the same place on FYC all-time lists as Pud Galvin, Walter Johnson and Randy Johnson in those categories for MLB. All three of those MLB greats are in Cooperstown, so I see no reason for Tarraga to miss out on virtual Cooperstown.

 

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