Should Mo have been the first unanimous player? Probably not, but only because it should have happened a while ago with some inner-circle legends (Ruth, Robinson, Gehrig, Mays, Mantle, Williams, etc.). He's a no-doubt, first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, and probably the only one from his line of work.
But he faced 268 batters per year. Halladay faced 3x as many. To put it into perspective, Here is a list of batters from last year who had roughly the same number of plate appearances as Mo's average batters-faced. By contrast, elite batters are putting up 650+ PAs per year.
In 103 less innings
I mean, take away that cutter and what have you got?
I’m kidding, of course. I doubt we’ll ever see another one like Mo again.
in any sport, especially considering how expansive it was - a body of work equivalent to well more than a full regular season. How he managed to find that higher postseason gear and consistently sustain it over that many years is beyond me.
Rivera has all-time best NYY postseason resume. Gehrig's OPS would be even higher had he not had an off Series in 1938, when he may've been in early stages of ALS.
As to other sports, it's pretty damned hard to compare T. Brady's postseason record (or that of a QB we had at ND in my day) to Rivera's. IIRC, MJ was NBA Finals MVP in all 6 of Bulls' title seasons, and he carried da Bulls to 2 conference finals against the Bad Boys before the title run.
Rivera had an awe-inspiring postseason record. How it compares to others' records involves considerable subjectivity.
He played both sides of the ball for the whole game. In that sense Rivera can’t compare. Jordan essentially dominated the NBA playoffs for the ‘90s. Even before the Bulls broke through against the Pistons, Detroit’s entire game plan was built around Jordan.
I can give you Gehrig for the World Series, but his playoff record (about 150 ABs) is not extensive enough to compare to what Rivera did in 140 innings across nearly 100 appearances. Of course it’s not at all Gehrig’s fault that there was only one playoff round then. Had he been given the opportunity to replicate what he did a few more times over across 700 plate appearances like Jeter, maybe he would have been able to maintain that same level of performance as we see with Rivera, but it’s highly unlikely.
If we are talking about most impressive individual cumulative playoff stat line, I’ll stand by my original answer of Rivera. He controlled the part of the game he could influence (9th and sometimes 8th from the mound) beyond what anyone has ever done in any sport. If we’re picking someone who controlled entire playoff seasons, then that opens up the conversation and I would go with Jordan. Sorry Bill Russell there were 9 teams in the NBA when you played.
earned run average in the postseason. That many innings is almost two seasons for a closer. Absolutely remarkable dominance.
in the postseason
name-your-second-best-reliever-season-of-all-time put together. Against the best teams the sport has to offer for two seasons.
Who are the closers not in the Hall who should be?
Hoffman missed out in his first two years of eligibility. Lee Smith just made it in.
Precisely because I'm biased against closers.
or televised. He was an outstanding closer. In his prime, his change-up was untouchable, and even past his prime, it was barely touchable. When the first bell tolled from Hell's Bells and bullpen door swung open, it was game over. His career totals are deserving of Cooperstown.
I think Hoffman was inducted into the Hall fairly - that is to say, I am glad he was evaluated on his own merits rather than directly compared to Rivera, or made to wait for Rivera.
That said, he is still miles behind Rivera in terms of dominance. There simply isn't anyone in Mariano's league.
I don't put him in the same class as Hoffman. As for Hoffman, 2 years isn't that long. He was going to get in sooner rather than later. He barely missed in his first 2 years. I would argue also that being a Padre for most of his career didn't help either.
Put it this way, I can't think of any closer not in the Hall right now who I would say is long overdue - unlike, say the DH bias where keeping Edgar out until two days ago was patently ridiculous. Hoffman waited 2 years, Edgar waited 15.
For the final time, almost certainly neither getting the 75% needed to gain induction, and you’ll have David Ortiz being voted on for the first time and likely getting the nod while also being the only one of those three to have failed a drug test.
Is there any indication he will be looked upon more favorably than Bonds, Clemens, etc?
But I think the fun-loving big papi persona will help him with voters.
but there just really aren't a lot of good candidates in the coming years. jeter next year, but not much besides that.
I mean, I guess the writers could just vote for one or two guys or nobody but I would guess some guys will pick up votes for Bonds now that the big names have all been elected. I would imagine that a guy like Larry Walker will be elected next year, possibly Curt Schilling as well.
The voters love doing stuff like that. RE2PECT, and whatnot.
Like you mentioned, there really isn't anyone noteworthy coming up in 2021, so Schilling and Walker will probably get in then.
not positive though
I thought I saw that next year was his 9th, but looks like this year was.
In that case, they better vote Schilling in next year, too, because if he's the only speaker in 2021 there's nothing stopping him from talking for an hour about chemtrails and gay frogs.
than the regular ballot.
Morgan will probably have a stroke, but many of the others knew who was taking what.
The 16-member Today’s Game Era Committee commissioned with the review of the 10-name ballot was comprised of Hall of Fame members Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Joe Morgan, John Schuerholz, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre; major league executives Al Avila, Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail and Jerry Reinsdorf; and veteran media members/historians Steve Hirdt, Tim Kurkjian and Claire Smith. Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark served as the non-voting chairman of the Today’s Baseball Era Committee.
Now that the seal has been broken, hopefully we don't have any jackasses who don't vote for obvious candidates just to keep some ridiculous legacy.
He'd get a lot more love if he was pitching now, when wins aren't the most important stat for a pitcher. And if he wasn't pitching in the same league as Pedro and Clemens.
He should not have been the first, but I’m glad he is. As classy a player as you could hope to cheer for.
The class he exudes, I suspect, is a big reason why he earned that honor.