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Larry Walker: Hall of Famer?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I understand why Chuck Klein took so long to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sure, he’d put up terrific numbers, but they took place with Klein playing his home games for years at the Baker Bowl, a very generous hitting environment. He retired in 1944, and without stats that can appropriately adjust raw numbers to reflect era and ballpark, it was impossible to know just how good Klein was for many years.

Well, that’s not true of Larry Walker, and here’s what we know: he was offensively superior to Klein, along with nearly everyone else to play right field, and his career was about 10 percent longer than Klein, a 1980 inductee. In fact, Walker is better than many right fielders in the Hall-to find right fielders superior to him, one needs to look at the Hall’s inner circle. Walker is an easy choice.

CHRIS PUMMER: It’s not clear that it would be a travesty should Walker not make it into the Hall of Fame. That’s even before anyone mentions Coors Field and whatever benefit Walker may have gained in playing there.

If a extreme Big Hall guy like me is on the fence about Walker’s candidacy, then it’s hard to say he has a slam-dunk case. Continue reading

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Derek Jeter and 3000 Hits

MIKE CUMMINGS: A couple Sundays ago, Derek Jeter collected the 2,874th hit of his career, one more than Babe Ruth and … uh oh. That can’t be right, can it? Babe Ruth started his career at 19, was a regular by 24, and played on until he was 40. He spent 22 seasons in the big leagues, hit 714 home runs, recorded 2,873 hits and is now generally considered one of the best — if not the best — players of all-time.

HOWARD MEGDAL: At the risk of disagreeing, I don’t see this as a tough call. Babe Ruth is a much better hitter than Derek Jeter, beyond even the home runs. But more importantly, I’m wondering exactly why 3,000 hits has remained the standard for the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

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Chone Figgins: Good Free Agent Bet?

CHRIS PUMMER: Teams in need of a third baseman with payroll room should be more than willing to take a chance on Figgins at his rumored asking price.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think the argument is pretty simple: Chone Figgins has a career OPS+ of 99, and is entering his age-32 season, making it likely that it will go down over the life of a contract that covers, say, his age 32-36 seasons. But at current level even, Figgins simply isn’t worth a 5 year/$50 million, no matter what position he plays.

HOWARD MEGDAL: fdsafdsa fdsafdsafsd. Continue reading

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