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Hot Corner gets Cold Shoulder from HOF

Posted by John Autin
The Hall of Fame voters have been harder on third basemen than on most other positions, whether measured by Games, Wins Above Replacement, or a hybrid of the two.
All figures are for 1893-2005 and not active in 2011:

2,000 Games Played at a Position:

2,000 GTotalHOFHOF%
3B10440%
Pos. not 3B915055%

The six players with 2,000 games at 3B who are not in the HOF:

PlayerWAR/posFromToGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
Ron Santo66.4196019742243939681431138225436567342133111081343.277.362.464.826
Graig Nettles61.61967198827001022689861193222532828390131410881209.248.329.421.750
Buddy Bell60.819721989240510009899511512514425562011106836776.279.341.406.747
Gary Gaetti37.919812000250798178951113022804433936013416341602.255.308.434.741
Tim Wallach31.41980199622128908809990820854323626011256491307.257.316.416.732
Eddie Yost30.31944196221099175734612151863337561396831614920.254.394.371.765
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/9/2011.


50 Wins Above Replacement (and 50% of games at a position):

50 WARTotalHOFHOF%
3B17741%
Pos. not 3B1187866%

The ten 3Bs with at least 50 WAR who are not in the HOF:

PlayerWAR/posFromToGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
Ron Santo66.4196019742243939681431138225436567342133111081343.277.362.464.826
Graig Nettles61.61967198827001022689861193222532828390131410881209.248.329.421.750
Buddy Bell60.819721989240510009899511512514425562011106836776.279.341.406.747
Sal Bando60.61966198120198288706098217902893824210391031923.254.352.408.760
Ken Boyer58.419551969203482687455110421433186828211417131017.287.349.462.810
Darrell Evans57.31969198926871073789731344222332936414135416051410.248.361.431.792
Robin Ventura55.5198920042079827170641006188533814294118210751179.267.362.444.806
Stan Hack54.8193219471938850672781239219336381576421092466.301.394.397.791
Bob Elliott52.31939195319788190714110642061382941701195967604.289.375.440.815
Ron Cey52.019711987207383447162977186832821316113910121235.261.354.445.799
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/9/2011.


1,500 Games & 3.5 WAR per 162 G:

Virtually half of all such players have made the HOF (98 of 201). Here's a breakdown of those with 1,500 games at a specific position:

3.5 WAR per 162 GTotalHOFHOF%
3B19737%
Pos. not 3B1347858%

The twelve players with at least 1,500 games at 3B and 3.5 WAR per 162 G, who are not in the HOF:

PlayerWAR/posGFromToPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
Ron Santo66.4224319601974939681431138225436567342133111081343.277.362.464.826
Graig Nettles61.62700196719881022689861193222532828390131410881209.248.329.421.750
Buddy Bell60.824051972198910009899511512514425562011106836776.279.341.406.747
Sal Bando60.62019196619818288706098217902893824210391031923.254.352.408.760
Ken Boyer58.420341955196982687455110421433186828211417131017.287.349.462.810
Robin Ventura55.5207919892004827170641006188533814294118210751179.267.362.444.806
Stan Hack54.8193819321947850672781239219336381576421092466.301.394.397.791
Ron Cey52.020731971198783447162977186832821316113910121235.261.354.445.799
Matt Williams43.91866198720037595700099718783383537812184691363.268.317.489.805
Larry Gardner43.019231908192476856688867193130112927934654289.289.355.384.739
Doug DeCinces39.216491973198765345809778150531229237879618904.259.329.445.774
Harlond Clift34.71582193419456894573010701558309621788291070713.272.390.441.831
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/9/2011.

Notes:
-- I did not exclude from the numbers anyone who met the search criteria, such as those who made the HOF as managers or those declared ineligible for the HOF. I know of 3 who fit one of these descriptions (Miller Huggins, Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson), but I did not want to spend a lot of time perusing the search results.
-- I used the time parameters of "1893-2005 and not active in 2011" in order to include as many retired players as possible while excluding most players who have not yet appeared on a HOF ballot; however, some very long career, high-WAR players fall between those cracks (Barry Bonds, Junior Griffey).
-- I don't have much use for the Play Index HOF filters "Yes, or on ballot" and "No, but on ballot," because they exclude players who are not on the ballot because they didn't get 5% of the vote in their first year (Lou Whitaker).

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