Comparing Carlos Delgado And Big Papi

Ball8StatsJayson Stark says Hall of Fame voters owe Carlos Delgado an apology for his one-and-done year on the Hall of Fame ballot, saying he deserved better (even if Stark himself didn’t vote for Delgado).

He has a point, even if Delgado is a marginal case. Delgado is the type of player that certainly deserves a full and robust debate about his Hall of Fame merits.

Stark compares Delgado’s career to one David Ortiz, who certainly will get ample consideration when the time comes.

Here are the numbers, first for Ortiz:

Year G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
18 Yrs 2111 8851 1267 2159 547 18 466 1533 15 1162 1569 .285 .379 .547 .926 140 4140

And now Delgado:

Year G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
17 Yrs 2035 8657 1241 2038 483 18 473 1512 14 1109 1745 .280 .383 .546 .929 138 3976

When it comes to WAR, Ortiz is at 47.7 for his career. Delgado? 44.3.

Delgado was perhaps punished by antiquated BBWAA rules and clogged ballot, but Stark is right: He deserved better from the process and from voters.

4 comments

  • Delgado was raped. Stark`s an embarrassment. How do you say that and yet not vote for him yourself?!!! How many ignorant White ballot holders, made p*ssy justifications for non votes? If Delgado had played the majority of his career in America, for the Yankees, he`d be a 1st ballot HoF. I`ve had future voters like Christina Karl tell me that “defense isn`t as important a factor as it once was”, yet 1st basemen continue to get screwed over because of their position. And WAR discriminates against position. If Delgado had played another 18 months and hit 500 HR, he`d be a lock. Because he CHOSE not to accumulate, he`s been prejudiced against.

    An absolute farce.

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  • I was shocked when I heard. The HOF process needs to be looked at, since there were 4 players inducted this year, it left no votes for one of the best players of the 90s. As a Blue Jays fan he was the one guy day in day out where you were expecting a big hit with every at bat.

    On top of that, his career ended due to a hip injury, or he would have easily passed the 500 mark for HR.

    its ridiculous. Did it have something to do with his politics? Always went into the dugout during God bless America, in protest of war in general.

    Maybe an oversight like this is what the hof needs to wake up and realize the process needs updating.

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