Joe Thomas Fan Club
- May 3, 2008
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Agree.The whole "first ballot HoF" thing is dumb to me anyways.
I get that MLB doesn't want a crowded field going in and wants each member to be able to shine. So they cap it at 5 guys a year so no one gets overshadowed. And if theres a year where more than 5 guys are HOF worthy, then at least one gets bumped to the next year. If that is what it takes to keep the ceremonies special, that's fine, IMO.
I also get that as time goes on, we understand more about the game and a player who you didn't think was worthy actually really had a strong case all along. Knowledge changes, so opinions change. That's also fine.
But the idea of "he deserves to be in the HOF but not right away" makes no sense. You either are a HOF or you aren't.
Anyways, I also agree that Jeter was really good, and his main attribute was being good for an absurdly long amount of time.
Here's his rank for bWAR amongst his own teammates, starting in 96
He had 18 full seasons (discount 95 and 13 when he played about 30 games total). In 10 of them, he wasn't even top 5 on his own team. He finished in the top 10 in the AL 4 times (1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th). For comparison, Mike Trout has finished 1st or 2nd in WAR in the AL every full year of his career (8 years), save one year he finished a lowly 6th (he had a 6.6 WAR that year, which is his worst buy a full win, but is the same as Jeter's 3rd best year. Trout's worst year out of 8 is equal to Jeter's 3rd best year out 18).
So I 100% agree with the notion that Jeter was really good player for an extremely long period of time, but was never great for more than a handful of years.