Gold Ink Test: S38

Each season, I look at the number of awards each HOF nominee won over the course of his career. I have dubbed this segment the “Gold Ink Test.” For those of you who need a refresher or are new and didn’t read the entire explanation (at the link above) here is the CliffNotes version: I have determined the average number of awards won by field players who are in the HOF (currently 14.41, rounded to 14) and pitchers (currently 11.82, rounded to 12). If a nominee won equally as many or more than the average then it is my belief that he earned his way into the Hall himself and I am very vocal in my support of these players. However, they do come behind players who earn what I refer to as “milestone votes” for things such as 3,000 career hits, 600 career HR, 300 career wins etc. Let’s look at this year’s potential class:

Carlos Alvarez, CF…6 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star
  • 2 Silver Slugger

Cesar Aparicio, C…11 of 14

Career Awards:

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

When I first joined FYC Aparicio was a part of the Beaver Poacher’s best run in franchise history where they won 100+ contests in five straight seasons (S25-29) including the only World Series victory in the team’s history. He hit .300 or better in four of those five seasons (and .296 in the fifth) and also OPS’d over .900 in all five. His career totals in those areas were .314 and .949 and he also maintained a .994 FLD% behind the plate. I’m seriously considering voting for him.

Rod Bailey,CF…1 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Gold Glove

Ray Cook,CF…5 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 3 All Star
  • 2 Silver Sluggers

This year is at least the third in a row where I’ve noted that Cook’s best case for the HOF was his power as a CF. However, he wasn’t enough of a defensive presence in CF to make his power truly impressive.

Orlando Cruz,3B…3 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 2 Gold Glove

Rudy Damon,RF…7 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 5 All Star
  • 1 Silver Slugger
  • 1 Home Run Derby Win

Rudy Damon had his fair share of success against my teams and had a very solid overall career, but the Hall might be stretching it. That being said, he’s got a stronger case than a lot of guys with 482 HR, 299 SB and a .986 FLD% in right field.

Roy Fordham, 2B…8 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 3 All Star
  • 3 Gold Gloves
  • 2 Silver Slugger

I could maybe see him sneaking in during a weak draft class, but the jury is still out on whether or not S38’s class will be weak or not.

Rich Garcia, C…2 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 All Star
  • 1 Silver Slugger

Juan Jimenez, RF…1 of 14    

Career Awards:

  • 1 Cycle

Jamey King,RF…12 of 14

Career Awards:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • 6 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 3 Silver Slugger
  • 1 World Series Ring

King has put in the best performance thus far on the Gold Ink Test, and that combined with 401 HR, 283 SB and a .294 lifetime average while maintaining a .983 FLD% in right could be enough to push him to the top of the stack this season.

Doug Kraemer, 3B…4 of 14

Career Awards:

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

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…but three other people did in S37]

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

Last season I wrote “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.” Well, looking at the list, Santana & Walcutt are both going to be on the ballot again so that means at least two spots are filled in on my ballot that don’t say “Martin.”

Del Park, LF…1 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Silver Slugger

Sticky Perkins, 1B…1 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 1 Silver Slugger

Evan Pratt,3B…11 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star
  • 4 Gold Glove
  • 3 Silver Slugger

Pratt was part of a lot of very successful teams, so I am pretty surprised both his award total and career numbers aren’t better. That being said, I don’t think his numbers quite justify election into virtual Cooperstown. I do understand the nomination though, dillon.

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

Last season at this point I observed that “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.” He ended up with 10 votes (his best performance yet)…it’s looking like he might be in a position to get the last six this year.

Mike Walcutt, LF…13 of 14

Career Awards:

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

Walcutt was a pair votes shy of the Hall last season, and he certainly deserves to be there. Let’s get him over the threshold this year.

Chance Ward, C…2 of 14

Career Awards:

  • 2 All Star

Damian White,C…22 of 14

Career Awards:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • 10 All Star
  • 2 Gold Glove
  • 6 Silver Slugger
  • 4 World Series Rings

This is what you call a slam dunk. The awards speak for themselves and really need no further explanation, but consider this for a second: he only played for one franchise his entire career. If he can accomplish that by sticking with one team I don’t know what else he’d have to do to earn his ticket to Cooperstown.

Jolbert Alicea, RP…4 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 4 All Star

Rodrigo Castro,SP…9 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 5 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 1 Silver Slugger
  • 2 World Series Rings

Castro is getting a milestone vote due to his 3,045 career strikeouts. That puts me at four votes and leaves me with just one.

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.” → Written last season, but still true. That makes five worthy candidates this season…hopefully more won’t show up.

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

Luis Mercedes,SP…16 of 12

Career Awards:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • 2 Cy Youngs
  • 8 All Star
  • 1 Gold Glove
  • 5 World Series Rings

Even though I’ve already said I will be voting for five other guys, Mercedes is a must. He passes the GIT, has five rings, a career ERA of under 3.00 as a starting pitcher, over 200 wins and a WHIP that doesn’t put him too far behind the top five all time.

Bey Perkins, RP…9 of 12

Career Awards:

  • 8 All Star
  • 1 Fireman of the Year

Daryl Reid,SP…9 of 12

Career Awards:

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

“With this incredibly stacked pitching class I think he’ll have to wait a year.” One year later, it looks like he’ll have to wait another year.

Stump Stein, RP…21 of 12

Career Awards:

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

I understand that he was a closer, but I really don’t understand how that undermines his accomplishments…he’d be the most decorated pitcher (SP or RP) in the Hall so it makes very good sense that he belongs there. He got exactly sixteen votes last year, but let’s make sure he’s in this season!

 

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