|1||*Chipper Jones||410 (97.2)||1||3b||93‑12||149.0||24||2|
|2||*Vladimir Guerrero||392 (92.9)||2||rf||96‑11||128.3||33||3|
|3||*Jim Thome||379 (89.8)||1||1b dh||91‑12||146.7||27||2|
|4||*Trevor Hoffman||337 (79.9)||3||pi cp||93‑10||129.4||32||1|
|5||Edgar Martinez||297 (70.4)||9||dh||87‑04||77.5||139||10|
|6||Mike Mussina||268 (63.5)||5||pi sp||91‑08||155.6||23||14|
|7||Roger Clemens||242 (57.3)||6||pi sp||84‑07||164.8||13||10|
|8||Barry Bonds||238 (56.4)||6||lf||86‑07||153.2||22||2|
|9||Curt Schilling||216 (51.2)||6||pi sp||88‑07||194.1||4||4|
|10||Omar Vizquel||156 (37.0)||1||ss||89‑12||42.2||416||10|
|11||Larry Walker||144 (34.1)||8||rf||89‑05||100.1||81||10|
|12||Fred McGriff||98 (23.2)||9||1b||86‑04||57.7||257||41|
|13||Manny Ramirez||93 (22.0)||2||lf||93‑11||167.2||11||1|
|14||Jeff Kent||61 (14.5)||5||2b||92‑08||109.7||58||1|
|15||Gary Sheffield||47 (11.1)||4||lf||88‑09||124.1||39||4|
|15||Billy Wagner||47 (11.1)||3||pi cp||95‑10||108.7||59||3|
|17||Scott Rolen||43 (10.2)||1||3b||96‑12||97.6||84||5|
|18||Sammy Sosa||33 (7.8)||6||rf||89‑07||113.2||53||6|
|19||Andruw Jones||31 (7.3)||1||cf||96‑12||96.5||86||12|
|20||†Johan Santana||10 (2.4)||1||pi sp||00‑12||166.6||12||9|
|20||†Jamie Moyer||10 (2.4)||1||pi sp||86‑12||104.0||69||45|
|22||†Johnny Damon||8 (1.9)||1||lf||95‑12||63.0||210||43|
|23||†Hideki Matsui||4 (0.9)||1||lf||03‑12||54.8||278||56|
|24||†Chris Carpenter||2 (0.5)||1||pi sp||97‑12||113.3||51||34|
|24||†Kerry Wood||2 (0.5)||1||pi sp||98‑12||92.4||97||56|
|26||†Carlos Lee||1 (0.2)||1||lf||99‑12||85.5||113||23|
|26||†Livan Hernandez||1 (0.2)||1||pi sp||96‑12||76.7||145||77|
|28||†Kevin Millwood||0||1||pi sp||97‑12||108.3||61||40|
|28||†Carlos Zambrano||0||1||pi sp||01‑12||85.2||114||65|
|28||†Jason Isringhausen||0||1||pi cp||95‑12||62.4||219||12|
|28||†Brad Lidge||0||1||pi cp||02‑12||54.4||282||17|
† Player to be removed the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019 because he did not receive 5 percent of the vote to remain on subsequent year's ballots.
Note: Some Hall eligible candidates had careers that, in part, preceded the era of Box-Toppers player tracking, which began in 1995. However, 17 of the 33 players listed here began their career in 1995 or later, so their entire career was tracked by Box-Toppers.
Jones, Guerrero, Thome, Hoffman elected to Hall of Fame; Schilling, Kent, Santana among notable 2018 snubs
Four players—Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman—were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday.
The four received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and will be inducted in the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July.
Top 100 ‘All-Time’ PlayersHere are the 100 players with the most career Box-Toppers points since record keeping began in 1995. Players are listed in order of their career Box-Toppers point total. Also shown is their Box-Toppers point total for 2017 and their career ranking in Box-Toppers points at the end of the 2016 season.
|1||Johnson, randy||pi sp||retired||278.8||1|
|2||Martinez, Pedro J.||pi sp||retired||244.8||2|
|3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||206.8||23.1||6|
|4||schilling, curt||pi sp||retired||194.1||3|
|5||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||192.7||7.7||5|
|6||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh||ana al||187.8||5.5||7|
|8||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||176.2||20.1||15|
|9||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||171.4||2.7||9|
|10||Halladay, Roy 1178||pi sp||retired||170.7||8|
|12||Santana, Johan 1448||pi sp||free agent||166.6||11|
|13||clemens, roger||pi sp||retired||164.8||12|
|14||smoltz, john||pi sp||retired||160.9||13|
|15||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||retired||157.0||14|
|16||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||156.7||25.0||31|
|17||mussina, Mike||pi sp||retired||155.6||16|
|18||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||154.0||14.7||28|
|19||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||153.9||10.7||26|
|20||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||153.4||9.4||25|
|21||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||min al||153.2||4.7||20|
|23||maddux, greg||pi sp||retired||151.7||18|
|25||Vazquez, Javier 1146||pi sp||retired||148.3||21|
|26||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||146.9||2.0||24|
|27||thome, jim||1b dh||retired||146.7||22|
|29||Peavy, Jake 1635||pi sp||free agent||141.8||27|
|30||pettitte, andy||pi sp||retired||138.5||29|
|32||hoffman, trevor||pi cp||retired||129.4||32|
|34||Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||retired||127.8||34|
|35||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||retired||127.8||35|
|36||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||127.2||6.0||39|
|37||Oswalt, Roy 1469||pi sp||retired||127.2||36|
|38||rivera, mariano||pi cp||retired||126.4||37|
|40||Lee, Cliff 1798||pi sp||free agent||119.1||40|
|42||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||117.5||5.5||52|
|43||Zito, Barry 1415||pi sp||retired||117.4||42|
|44||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||retired||116.7||43|
|45||Helton, Todd 1060||1b||retired||116.4||44|
|46||Hunter, Torii 1190||cf||retired||115.9||45|
|47||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||115.8||4.5||53|
|48||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||free agent||115.0||46|
|49||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||retired||114.9||47|
|50||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||113.4||16.1||83|
|51||Carpenter, Chris||pi sp||retired||113.3||48|
|52||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||retired||113.2||49|
|54||brown, kevin j.||pi sp||retired||112.8||51|
|55||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||111.5||25.1||108|
|56||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||110.9||4.7||59|
|57||glavine, tom||pi sp||retired||110.6||54|
|59||Wagner, Billy||pi cp||retired||108.7||54|
|60||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh||hou al||108.6||3.7||64|
|61||Millwood, Kevin||pi sp||retired||108.3||57|
|62||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||retired||108.1||58|
|63||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||107.7||2.0||62|
|64||thomas, frank||dh 1b||retired||106.2||60|
|65||Ramirez, Aramis 1364||3b||retired||105.8||61|
|66||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||105.4||22.5||114|
|67||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||hou al||105.2||2.0||66|
|68||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||lad nl||105.1||63|
|69||moyer, jamie||pi sp||retired||104.0||65|
|71||griffey, ken jr.||cf||retired||102.2||68|
|72||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||101.8||2.0||75|
|73||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||chi al||101.4||2.0||77|
|74||wakefield, tim||pi sp||retired||101.4||69|
|75||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||retired||101.3||70|
|76||schmidt, jason||pi sp||retired||101.2||71|
|77||Holliday, Matt 1836||dh 1b lf||nyy al||100.8||3.0||80|
|78||Cain, Matt 2081||pi sp||sf nl||100.7||1.0||76|
|79||Konerko, Paul 1107||1b||retired||100.7||72|
|83||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||col nl||98.7||79|
|85||Wolf, Randy 1235||pi sp||retired||97.4||82|
|87||Gonzalez, Gio 2626||pi sp||dc nl||96.2||9.7||106|
|90||nomo, hideo||pi sp||retired||95.5||87|
|91||Dempster, Ryan 1109||pi sp||retired||95.2||88|
|93||Dunn, Adam 1512||lf||retired||94.3||90|
|95||Lilly, Ted 1452||pi sp||retired||93.3||92|
|97||Wood, Kerry||pi sp||retired||92.4||94|
|98||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||91.7||3.5||100|
|99||Glaus, Troy 1132||3b||retired||91.6||95|
|100||Lowe, Derek||pi sp||retired||91.5||96|
What are those numbers after players' names?
All four players selected for induction are among the overall top 35 players in career Box-Toppers points (tracking began in 1995). The three batters—Jones, Guerrero and Thome—rank among the top 10 batters in career Box-Toppers points since tracking began in 1995 and among the top three at their positions. Hoffman, the lone pitcher among the four, ranks first among closing pitchers in career Box-Toppers points since tracking began in 1995.
But overlooked Wednesday in voting were players who are among career overall Box-Toppers points leaders or leaders at their position. Most conspicuously absent was pitcher Curt Schilling who earned 194.1 career Box-Toppers points from 1995 through 2007, the fourth-highest total since 1995. Also not voted in was Jeff Kent, who leads all second basemen since 1995 with 109.7 Box-Toppers points.
Also not voted in were the usual suspects who have been ostracized for their association with performing enhancing drugs, including Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez.
In addition, pitcher Johan Santana, who dominated in Box-Toppers points in the mid-2000s and who ranks 12th among all players in career Box-Toppers points since tracking began, was not elected in his first year of eligibility and in fact, did not receive enough votes to return to the ballot in 2019.
Here’s a look at the four players elected:
Jones, who played his entire career for the Atlanta Braves, received the most Hall of Fame votes (410, 97.2 percent of all writers) in his first year on the ballot. While Jones’ career pre-dates the advent of Box-Toppers tracking, he only played in eight Major League games prior to 1995 and examining those games, he would not have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors in any of them. (Jones played in the eight games in 1993 and was injured and sat out the 1994 season.) In other words, the 149.0 Box-Toppers points he earned since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, actually fully constitutes his career total.
Jones’ career Box-Toppers point total ranks 24th among all players, fifth among all batters and second among third basemen since tracking started in 1995. (At third base, Jones ranks behind only Alex Rodriguez with 187.0). Jones is the highest-ranked batter who never led his league's batters in Box-Toppers points in a single season. In his best season—2001—he had 16.7 Box-Toppers points, finishing behind NL batting leader Todd Helton of the Rockies, who had 17.0.
Jones had five seasons with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points. He finished in the overall top 10 in 2001 (in ninth place) and ranked among the top 10 NL batters four times.
Jones was voted NL Most Valuable Player in 1999, a year in which he had 9.7 Box-Toppers points, second among NL third basemen. He’s an eight-time All-Star, was a member the Braves’ 1995 World Series championship team, twice won the Silver Slugger Award and was the Majors’ batting champion in 2008.
Guerrero, who played from 1996 to 2011 for the Expos, Angels, Rangers and Orioles, received the second-most Hall of Fame votes (392, 92.9 percent of the writers) in his second year on the ballot—last year he received 71.7 percent of the vote, falling just short of the needed 75 percent.
Guerrero is the first player voted into the Hall of Fame who played his entire career after the advent of Box-Toppers tracking. Guerrero began his career in 1996, the year after tracking began.
He earned 128.3 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks 33rd among all players, 10th among all batters and third among all outfielders since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. His ranking at third among all outfielders would qualify him for a starting spot on Box-Toppers “All-Time” All-Star team, as he trails only Manny Ramirez (167.2) and Barry Bonds (153.2) in career points since 1995. Both of those players finished lower on the 2018 Hall ballot than Guerrero, with neither receiving enough votes for election.
Guerrero’s best season was 2004 on the Angels when he had 14.4 Box-Toppers points, which ranked second among American League batters, behind Gary Sheffield of the Yankees (16.2), who also fell short of being elected to the Hall in 2018. Guerrero was also voted AL Most Valuable Player in 2004.
Guerrero ranked among the top 10 AL batters in Box-Toppers points in four seasons and among the top 10 NL batters (with the Expos) three seasons. He had six seasons with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points.
Guerrero is a nine-time All-Star and an eight-tine winner of the Silver Slugger.
Thome, who played from 1991 to 2012 for the Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Twins, Dodgers and Orioles, received the third-most Hall of Fame votes (379, 89.9 percent of the writers) in his first year on the ballot.
Thome has 146.7 career Box-Toppers points since 1995 when tracking began, which ranks 27th among all players in that span, seventh among all batters and second among first basemen, behind only Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who just passed him in 2017 and now has 146.9 points.
However, Thome’s career pre-dates Box-Toppers. If Thome’s career from 1991 through 1994 were tracked, rough projections put his actual career Box-Toppers point total at 154, which would put him ahead of both Cabrera and Chipper Jones.
Box-Toppers lists Thome as both first basemen and designated hitter, since he spent a lot of time in the DH role late in his career. Thome also ranks second among designated hitters in career Box-Toppers points behind Albert Pujols of the Angels (187.8).
Thome’s best season tracked by Box-Toppers was 1996 with the Indians, when he had 16.2 Box-Toppers points, ranked sixth among all players and third among AL batters. He ranked among the top 10 in batters in Box-Toppers points five times—three times in the American League and twice in the National League with the Phillies. Thome had 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points in a season five times.
Thome was a five-time All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996 and led the NL in home runs in 2003.
Hoffman, who played from 1993 to 2010 for the Padres, Brewers and Marlins, received the fourth-most votes (337, 79.9 percent of the voting writers) in his third year of eligibility. Hoffman narrowly missed induction in 2017, falling just five votes shy of the 75 percent needed for election.
Hoffman has 129.4 Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranking 32nd among all players and first among all closing pitchers (ahead of Mariano Rivera with 126.4). Hoffmann began his career in 1993, prior to the 1995 advent of Box-Toppers tracking. If his entire career were tracked, rough projections put his career total at about 135 Box-Toppers points (only increasing his lead on Rivera, who would still have 126.4).
While Hoffman leads all closing pitchers in Box-Toppers points, he ranks 23rd among all pitchers in Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked between Andy Pettitte (138.5) and Jered Weaver (127.8). Of the top 100 pitchers in career points since 1995, seven are closing pitchers.
Hoffman’s best season tracked by Box-Toppers was 1996 when he had 14.7 Box-Toppers points, which ranked fifth among all NL pitchers (including starters). (Separate classifications for closing and middle relief pitchers were not kept by Box-Toppers until 1998.)
Hoffman is a seven-time All-Star and led the NL in saves in two seasons. His 601 career saves stood as a record until it was broken by Rivera, who still holds it with 652 saves; Hoffman still ranks second.
Here is a look at players who missed the cut:
In his sixth year of eligibility, Schilling received 51.2 percent of the vote, gaining from the 45.0 percent he received in 2017, but still below the 52.3 percent he received in 2016. Schilling played from 1988 to 2007 and had 194.1 Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked fourth on the “all-time” list (also fourth among all pitchers).
He is the highest-ranked Hall-eligible player not to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Two players ahead of him in Box-Toppers rankings are Hall-of-Famers—pitchers Randy Johnson (278.8 Box-Toppers points) and Pedro Martinez (244.8). Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, still active, passed Schilling in career Box-Toppers points in 2017 and now ranks third “all-time” with 206.8.
In his fifth year of eligibility, Kent received 14.5 percent of the vote, down from the 16.7 percent he had last year. Kent has 109.7 Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked 58th among all players and first among second basemen. Kent’s consistent low vote total could be explained because he was not known as a great defensive player. But Kent didn’t just lead all second basemen in Box-Toppers points during his career, he dominated them. And 10 years after his retirement, no other second baseman has come close—Robinson Cano of the Mariners currently ranks second among all second basemen in Box-Toppers points since 1995 with 79.4, 30.3 points behind Kent.
In his ninth year of eligibility, Martinez had 70.4 percent of the vote, falling 20 votes short of the 75 percent needed for election to the Hall. However, his percentage is up from the 58.6 percent he received in 2017. Martinez has just one more year of eligibility remaining on the writers’ Hall ballot.
Martinez had 77.5 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 139th among all players and 10th among designated hitters. (Martinez began his career in 1987 and so would likely have about 100 total career Box-Toppers points, based on rough projections.)
In his fifth year of eligibility, Mussina received 63.5 percent of the votes, up from the 51.8 percent he received in 2017 and the 43.0 percent he received in 2016. Mussina has 155.6 career Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked 23rd among all players and 14th among all pitchers. If his entire career from 1991 were tracked, rough projections put Mussina’s actual career Box-Toppers point total at 193.
Five players associated with steroids who otherwise might have been shoo-ins to the Hall of Fame were again denied induction:
- Roger Clemens, in his sixth year of eligibility, received 57.3 percent of the vote, up from the 54.1 percent he received in 2017 and the 45.2 percent he received in 2016. His career began in 1984 and he earned 164.8 Box-Toppers points from 1995 to 2007, 13th among all players and 10th among all pitchers. (If his entire career were tracked, projections put his Box-Toppers point total at about 320.)
- Barry Bonds, in his sixth year of eligibility, received 56.4 percent of the vote, up from the 53.8 percent he received in 2017 and the 44.3 percent he received in 2016. His career began in 1986 and he earned 153.2 Box-Toppers points from 1995 to 2007, 22nd among all players and second among all outfielders. (If his entire career were tracked, projections put his Box-Toppers point total at about 230.)
- Manny Ramirez, in his second year of eligibility, received 22.0 percent of the vote, down from the 23.8 percent he received in 2017. Ramirez had 167.2 career Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked 11th among all players and first among outfielders. (Ramirez began his career in 1993, prior to Box-Toppers tracking. If his entire career were tracked, rough projections put his career total at about 173.)
- Gary Sheffield, in his fourth year of eligibility, received 11.1 percent of the vote, down from the 13.3 percent he received in 2017 and down from the 11.6 percent he received in 2016. Sheffield has 124.1 career Box-Toppers points since 1995, ranked 39th among all players and fourth among all outfielders. If his entire career from 1988 to 2009 were tracked, he would have roughly 155 career Box-Toppers points.
- Sammy Sosa, in his sixth year of eligibility, received 7.8 percent of the vote, down from the 8.6 percent he received in 2017 but up from the 7.0 percent he received in 2016. His career began in 1989 and he earned 113.2 Box-Toppers points from 1995 to 2007, 53rd among all players and sixth among all outfielders. If his entire career were tracked, projections put his Box-Toppers point total at about 135.
The biggest Hall of Fame snub among players on the ballot for the first year in 2018, based on Box-Toppers statistics, belongs to pitcher Johan Santana.
Johan SantanaHere are Johan Santana's Box-Toppers statistics. The third column shows his Box-Toppers points (BTP) per season. The final column shows his All-Star Selections, his Box-Toppers key season rankings and his standing in Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Award voting.
|2004||min al||26.8||BTP‑1, CYA‑1, MVP‑6|
|2005||min al||24.1||AS, BTP‑1, CYA‑3|
|2006||min al||25.7||AS, BTP‑1, CYA‑1, MVP‑7|
|2007||min al||18.1||AS, CYA‑5, BTP‑4, BTP‑AL pi‑1|
|2008||nym nl||15.4||BTP‑9, BTP‑NL pi‑5, CYA‑3, MVP‑14|
AS All-star selection
BTP Finish among all players in Box-Toppers points
BTP-AL pi Finish among all AL pitchers in BTP
BTP-NL pi Finish among all NL pitchers in BTP
CYA Finish in league Cy Young Award voting
MVP Finish in league Most Valuable Player Award voting
Source: Information for player awards comes from Baseball-Reference.com
Santana received just 10 Hall of Fame votes, only 2.4 percent of the writers, below the 5 percent threshold to remain eligible to return to the ballot next year.
But Santana ranks among the top 10 pitchers in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when tracking began, led all players in Box-Toppers points for three straight seasons and led all AL players for four straight seasons.
The case against Santana going into the Hall of Fame may be that his career was relatively short and he had injuries that kept him from playing. And though his success was overwhelming and dominant, it lasted just a few short years. And perhaps writers view his repeated comeback attempts in recent years as unseemly.
At 38, he is still listed as a free agent and has consistently attempted to return to baseball. He last played a Major League game in 2012 with the Mets, a year in which he had 10.7 Box-Toppers points. But he has since been signed by the Orioles and Blue Jays but never appeared in a game. Santana has said recently he wants to continue his pitching career.
In 2014, Box-Toppers profiled 14 players whose careers had ended or had appeared to end. Santana is the only one of them who is still trying to mount a comeback.
Santana has 166.6 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks 12th among all players and ninth among all pitchers since 1995, when tracking began. Because he’s listed as a free agent, he ranks fifth among all active pitchers in career points.
Santana played from 2000 to 2012 with the Twins and the Mets. His greatest success came from 2004 to 2007 with the Twins. He led all players in Box-Toppers points for three straight seasons (2004 to 2006), something only one other player has done (Randy Johnson led players for five straight years from 1998 to 2002). He led all AL players for four straight years (2004 to 2007). He won two Cy Young Awards in 2004 and 2006 but probably should have won four straight (2004 to 2007).
Here’s a look at Santana’s dominant seasons:
- 2004—26.8 Box-Toppers points, led all players, won AL Cy Young Award, finished sixth in AL Most Valuable Player Award voting.
- 2005—24.1 Box-Toppers points, led all players, finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.
- 2006—25.7 Box-Toppers points, led all players, won AL Cy Young Award, finished seventh in AL Most Valuable Player Award voting.
- 2007—18.1 Box-Toppers points, led all AL players, ranked fourth among all players, finished fifth in AL Cy Young Award voting.
Santana moved to the Mets in 2008 and while he still had 10 or more Box-Toppers points in each of the four seasons he appeared with them, he never matched his success he had with the Twins. However, in 2008, he had 15.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked ninth among all players, fifth among NL pitchers and third in NL Cy Young Award voting.
Santana had 20 or more Box-Toppers points for three straight years, the fifth-longest streak of consecutive seasons with 20 or more points in Box-Toppers tracking history. He had nine straight years of 10 or more Box-Toppers points (2002-2010) and 10 total seasons with 10 or more points (2002-2010 and 2012).
Santana is a four-time All-Star, led the Majors in wins in 2006, led in earned run average and strikeouts three times and pitched a no-hitter with the Mets in 2012.
Writer Bill Baer compared Santana’s career to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Both played 12 seasons, both were shortened by injury, both had very similar regular season numbers. Koufax was elected to the Hall in his first try and is considered one of the all-time great pitchers, despite his injury-shortened career. Baer deems Koufax’s career as better than Santana’s—but not by much.
While Santana will not appear on next year’s writers ballot for the Hall, there are still other ways he can be enshrined. He could be voted in as early as December by a subcommittee that considers players for induction who appeared after 1988. This year, a similar subcommittee voted to induct two players who had been passed over by writers.
And if Santana is able to comeback and appears in a Major League game, his Hall of Fame clock would be reset and he would be eligible for Hall of Fame voting by the baseball writers again as soon as 2024.
First year of eligibility
There were 19 players who were in their first year of Hall eligibility, having played at least 10 seasons and been retired for five. Two received the 75 percent vote needed for induction (Jones and Thome). Only three others received at least 5 percent of the vote to be eligible for the 2019 ballot—Omar Vizquel, Scott Rolen and Andruw Jones. Fourteen others did not receive the requisite 5 percent of the vote and so will not return to the 2019 ballot. Of those, only eight received votes—Johan Santana, Jamie Moyer, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Chris Carpenter, Kerry Wood, Carlos Lee and Livan Hernandez. Six players received no votes—Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano, Jason Isringhausen, Aubrey Huff, Brad Lidge and Orlando Hudson.
For the first time, all candidates on the writers’ ballot played the majority of their careers in the Box-Toppers era from 1995 on. (The candidate who played the largest percentage of his career before Box-Toppers tracking is Fred McGriff, who played nine seasons prior to tracking from 1986 to 1994 and 10 seasons from 1995 to 2004, while tracking was in effect.)
Seventeen of the 33 players on the ballot began their careers in 1995 or after, meaning their entire careers were tracked by Box-Toppers. However, 13 of those players did not receive enough votes to return to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019. There are 15 players from the 2018 ballot who will return in 2019. Of those, 12 began their careers prior to 1995.
Adding up all the seasons all 33 players on the ballot were active results in 575 player seasons, an average of 17.4 seasons per player. Of those 575 player seasons, 95 took place prior to Box-Toppers tracking in 1995. That means 83.5 percent of all these players’ careers were tracked by Box-Toppers.
Morris and Trammell also to be inducted in 2018
In addition, two other players were voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in December by the Modern Baseball Era Committee. Pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell were selected and will be inducted alongside the four players chosen by the writers this week.
The Modern Baseball Era Committee is made up of 16 voters, including eight Hall of Famers, five baseball executives and three media members or historians. They select from a group of 10 candidates who participated in the game during baseball’s “modern era,” from 1970 to 1987.
Morris played from 1977 to 1994 for the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians. However, he retired the year before Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.
Trammell played for the Tigers from 1977 to 1996. While Box-Toppers wasn’t around to track his play from 1977 to 1994, Trammell did earn 3.5 Box-Toppers points in 1995. He earned no points in his final season, 1996.
In December 2018, a separate Hall of Fame subcommittee will vote on candidates to induct in 2019. That subcommittee will consider participants from “today’s” game, 1988 or later.
About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.
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Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. Players earn Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.