New York Yankee Andy Pettitte’s Hall Of Fame Case

With the Hall of Fame results released on Tuesday, January 21st, the New York Yankees have an icon inducted into the Hall of Famer for the second year in a row. The buzz in New York seems to be surrounding Jeter however, is he the only Yankee that should’ve gone in? Fellow Core Four member, 3x All-Star, and 5x World Series Champion Andy Pettitte have a very strong case for Cooperstown.

Getting Over The PEDs

When Andy Pettitte is mentioned, the first thing that shoots his case down is the use of Growth Hormones for an elbow injury in 2002. This can deter voters from putting Pettitte on their ballot, however, the context of how it was used is important. Pettitte using the growth hormone is very different from Mark McGwire or Jose Canseco who used PEDs while playing throughout their career. Pettitte’s use was in the hopes of recovering faster, there is no report of him using it to improve his on-field performance. His growth hormone use shouldn’t dampen his Hall of Fame case, especially with how rampant PED use was. The MLB let this problem happen, and if voters could cast votes for Andy Pettitte in Cy Young races and All-Star games, then they would be hypocritical to not vote for him into the Hall of Fame.

Well Above HOFer Standard

When looking at player value, fWAR (Fangraphs Wins Above Replacement), can show how valuable a player was in their era. When you think Hall of Famer you think of greatness, and Andy Pettitte’s fWAR shows that. With a 68.2 fWAR, he ranks 32nd amongst all pitchers in MLB history. Right now in the Hall of Fame are 83 pitchers, meaning Pettitte is above a lot of Hall of Fame arms right now. He’s ahead of HOFers such as Tom Glavine, Jim Palmer, and Roy Halladay, all of whom are deserving candidates. With WAR being a major factor in a player’s value and greatness, it’s hard to believe he could be ahead of so many HOFers, yet not be in the Cooperstown.

Postseason Hero

With 276.2 postseason innings and an MLB best 19 wins, Pettite is one of the best postseason arms of all time. Despite most of his outings coming in the Steroid Era, he still was able to post a 3.81 ERA. He was a stellar postseason arm and with 5 World Series Championships he was a hero in October. Andy Pettitte’s postseason dominance has to play a factor in his case for the Hall of Fame. The Yankees’ rotation was anchored by their longtime ace for years and was instrumental for those championship squads.

No Awards, No Induction?

really despise this argument about the number of awards a player gets. Nolan Ryan, Mike Mussina, and Juan Marichal: What do they have in common? 0 Cy Youngs, yet they are still Hall of Famers and some of the game’s best arms ever. You don’t need Cy Youngs to be a Hall of Famer. What about his mere 3 All-Star appearances? Ferguson Jenkins, Robin Yount, and Bert Blyleven are all Hall of Famers with 3 or fewer All-Star appearances. Care to tell me how suddenly it’s an issue for Pettitte? Awards can’t tell the whole story of a player as no matter how many they have, it’s overrated.

Will He Get In? A Message to the BBWAA

Most likely no, the MLB voters still refuse to vote arguably all-time greats Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds in. This means Andy Pettitte being merely tied to growth hormones will keep him out. They need to move past the PEDs, as the MLB not only took a blind eye to it but these same voters cast votes for these players to win awards and praises even as it was clear as day that they were on PEDs. There were no drug tests for these substances, and therefore no accountability. When everyone is doing it, the only way to compete and provide for a family is to do the same. Let Pettitte in and allow him to join Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter in the Hall of Fame. Not only is he one of the greatest LHP in MLB history, but he was a generational talent.

BREAKING: Derek Jeter Elected To The Hall Of Fame

New York Yankees, Derek Jeter

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was just one vote shy of being unanimous, 396 of 397 voters voted for him

Out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jeter played 20 seasons in the MLB. He won the rookie of the year award in 1995, his first full season. He won five silver slugger awards and five gold gloves.

Jeter won the Yankees five World Series rings in his time in pinstripes. He won the World Series MVP and All-Star game MVP in 2000. Jeter was an all-star an incredible 14 times. The only flaw in his Hall of Fame career is the fact that he never won a league MVP award.

Over his career, he had 12,602 plate appearances and 11,195 at-bats. He got hits in 3,465 at-bats with a career average of .310. Jeter drove in 1311 runs and hit 260 home runs. One of those home runs was his 3,000th career hit, the second player to ever do that. Wade Boggs was the first, and Alex Rodriguez would later become the third.

Jeter’s slugging was .440, his OBP was .377, and his OPS was .817 over his career. He drew 1082 walks.  On defense, Jeter had a .976 fielding percentage with 254 career errors. He rolled 1408 double plays.  Jeter also stole 358 career bases, as he was one of the fastest players in the MLB earlier in his career.

All of these stats combine to a career 72.4 WAR for the captain. He’s 88th all-time in career WAR.

Larry Walker was also elected to the Hall of Fame.

Congrats to Derek Jeter on a historic career. This nomination is incredibly well-deserved.

 

 

Why This is the Biggest Year for New York Yankees in Cooperstown

New York Yankees, Derek Jeter

You don’t have to ask New York Yankees fans, pretty much all of baseball (outside of Boston) knows that Derek Jeter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Will he become the second unanimous inductee into the hall, following his teammate Mariano Rivera? Only time will truly tell.

But it’s big because the Modern Baseball Era Committee (formerly the Veterans Committee) has an opportunity to induct the one Yankee EVERYONE agrees should have been in the Hall of Fame long before now. And by everybody, even Boston fans think he should have been inducted.

So, Who is the Modern Baseball Era Committee?

The Modern Baseball Era committee is part of what used to be the Veterans Committee. The Modern Baseball Era committee looks to induct players, umpires, executives, and managers from between 1970 through 1987. These include players who have fallen off the ballot for the Writers ballot, the ballot that determines who does and doesn’t get into the Hall of Fame in the first place.

So, if Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds miss getting in on the primary Writers ballot, the Today’s Game committee could ensure that those three get into the Hall of Fame. Bobby Cox was one of these inductees by committee.

So Who’s the One Yankee Who Should’ve Been In By Now?

His name is Thurman Munson.

A quick rundown of Munson’s career. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1970, MVP in 1976, 3 gold glove awards, 2 World Series championships, was a 7-time All-Star, and batted .357 in the postseason. 

Defensively, Munson was one of the best catchers ever. Sporting a career caught stealing a percentage of 44%, a career .982 fielding percentage, and had a range factor of 5.5 (again, as a catcher). Comparatively, Munson’s caught stealing was 21% higher than Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, and 2% lower than Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriquez. 

He puts up a good case offensively as well. Not great, but compared to some other Hall of Famers, he’s right there as a shoe it. His career slash line was .292/.346/.410. His career WAR is 46.1. It’s not great, but it’s higher than Lou Brock, a baseball Hall of Famer. Joe Gordon was inducted into the Hall of Fame via the different committees with a career .262 batting average, with just a meager 1,530 hits. Munson had 20 more hits in his 11-year career. And yea, he’s had better offensive numbers than Roger Bresnahan.

So Why Isn’t He in the Hall Yet?

It’s hard to tell. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, you need to have played at least 10 years in the league. But… according to the the Hall, playing 1 game in the season counts as a year. So, realistically, Munson has played 11 years. Not to mention rules were made to give an exception to those who die during the season (Roberto Clemente). So, by technicality, every possible reason should have been inducted by the Hall of Fame already when he was still on the ballot. But, he isn’t. 

Modern Baseball Era committee, do the right thing. Induct Thurman Munson into the Hall of Fame.

New York Yankees: Legend Mariano Rivera to be inducted into Hall of Fame

New York Yankees legend, Mariano Rivera, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. “Mo” had an unbelievable career with the Yankees, and is credited to a lot of the club’s past success. Unsurprisingly, he was voted first ballot with an astounding 425 votes. Congratulations Mo!

River’s career is nothing short of special. A 13 time All-Star and a nine-time MVP candidate (Baseball Reference), Rivera goes down as the best closer in Major League Baseball history.  He holds the all-time record of 652 games saved and 952 games finished.

“Mo” isn’t known for the high-heat. His nasty cut fastball devastated hitters. According to Fan Graphs, Rivera threw his cutter 60.8% during his career. He threw it 80%+ from 2008 to 2013, where it was thrown 92.9% of the time in 2009. Take a look at this chart, some of his statistics are jaw-dropping.

Dominance in the postseason

As phenomenal as he was in the regular season, he is mostly remembered for his dominance in the playoffs. His unbelievable postseason 0.70 ERA among 16 years is nothing short of legendary. The most dominance Mo displayed was in the 1999 postseason and World Series. In three appearances in the World Series, he went 1-0 with two saves while only allowing four baserunners. Because of his dominance, Rivera earned the MVP award for that World Series.

Among all the monumental records and statistics Rivera posted, the most impressive one: more people have walked the moon (12) than men who have scored against Mariano Rivera in the postseason (11). That ridiculous stat sums up Rivera’s postseason career in one sentence.

Another Yankee legend and soon-to-be Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter, had this to say about his teammate in a blog post on his website, The Player’ Tribune: “The thing I respect most about Mo is that what you see is what you get. A lot of people I’ve met over the years, they’ve asked me what Mariano Rivera is like off the field. And I’ll tell you what I tell them – which is that he’s pretty much the same person you watched for all those years on the mound.”