Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Why Andy Pettitte, Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson Are Worth Longer Consideration

There are only a few voting cycles left before I receive my first official BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. What did I reveal? My vote will be considered this time and it does not include some of the starting pitchers that I will highlight here. However, I’m always open to reconsideration, and I’m certainly open to discussion when the situation merits discussion.

As for the starting pitch and how the position is evolving, I believe there needs to be a discussion. It has now been six years since I wrote that a an entire generation of starting pitchers failed to make their mark in the Hall of Fame vote. Do you know how many people have joined since then through the BBWAA route? Two: Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina.

That is to say, nothing has really changed.

Looking ahead to the next few years, the only retired player I believe will be successful is CC Sabathia. Me hopeful, but certainly not confident, in opportunities belong to Jon Lester. Among the active players, there is a trio of the Hall of Fame for sure in Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Zack Greinke seems possible. That’s about it, though, isn’t it?

And with relief professionals becoming more and more prominent beyond things like opening goals, it’s easy to see the number of starting pitchers in the Hall of Fame continue to dwindle. The fact that it has been going in this direction since the appearance of the specified attacker. The pitchers of the 1980s are very little represented in the Hall of Fame and haven’t changed a bit since.

I don’t think it would be controversial to say that in any individual game the pitcher is the most important position on the field. And while the individual on the mound is constantly changing, do we really want to move to a place where those who perform the most important tasks on the field are least represented in the Hall of Fame? That seems not only.

All of this means that perhaps our standards for Hall of Fame pitchers need to be changed. It’s probably not as simple as bringing in Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens and getting a committee of vets to add Johan Santana and Kevin Brown. No, it looks like we need to start with the trio of arms on the ballot right now.

Mark Buehrle

Buehrle has never been considered a great pitcher and we can say so among the next two that we will see in the subheadings below.

However, we have done this many times. The Hall of Fame is not only the greats of the upper class, the elite, the insiders of all time. It’s not just Walter Johnson, Cy Young, and Tom Seaver. There are also Bob Lemon, Jim Bunning and Dazzy Vance varieties. This is not an insult. It is a statement of truth. Many people I meet on social media seem to believe it’s just Walter Johnson’s or should just be. That’s not just the way it was. It’s a museum, not a short list of elites.

Buehrle’s case for a museum appearance lies in his equine career. In 2001, at the age of 22, Buehrle threw 221 1/3 innings. In 2015, at the age of 36, he finished with 198 2/3 plays. He’s only lost 1 1/3 of innings in 200 and it’s the first time since 2000, he hasn’t hit the two-century mark. He’s done 14 consecutive 200-set campaigns.

In the Wild-card era (1995 to present), here are the pitchers with the most 200 games in all seasons:

1. Buehrle, 14 years old
2. Verlander, 12 years old
3. Greg Maddux, 11 years old
4. Six players tie for 10

Buehrle ends career 214-160 with 3.81 ERA (117 ERA +). He made five All-Star games and won four Golden Gloves. He won the World Series with 2005 White Sox. Above all, however, he was the biggest horse of his generation. He takes the ball every five days and provides such volume for his team, he ranks 97th in career innings and 65th in career pitcher WAR.

Andy Pettitte

Pettitte has a very old case. He’s won 256 games in his career, ranked 42nd all-time, and is above numerous Halls of Fame. He’s part of a joke eight teams won the pennant and won five World Series rings. In 44 post-season starts, he won 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA. He won the MVP of the ALCS.

Although he is no Buehrle, Pettitte is also a dark horse. In the more than 200-player leaderboard above, Pettitte is one of “six players to tie 10”. He was 91st in career innings and 63rd in pitcher WAR, beating Buehrle in both. He’s only been an All-Star three times, but he’s Cy Young’s favorite over Buehrle, runner-up once and top six five times. He also missed more shots, finishing with 2,448, ranking 46th in history.

Additionally, Pettitte is a career leader in post-season wins and innings thrown. He is fourth in attacks. Perhaps there are bonus points for playoff achievement here.

Tim Hudson

Hudson is a four-time All-Star with four Cy Young top-six finishes, including a runner-up in 2000. He’s not quite like Buehrle and Pettitte, but he did have eight 200-and-a-half seasons and has five games of at least 220. He has actually gone over 235 three times and in the wild card era, only Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia and Curt Schilling have had more such seasons.

Hudson has gone through over 3,000 plays (he’s 119th of all time) and 2,000 strikes (he’s 74th) and ranks 77th in career pitcher WAR.

He’s been a very good pitcher for a long time who has provided a lot of value and volume to his teams. He’s won 222-133 in his career, with a .625 win percentage meaning his teams have played like 101-winners throughout his career when he’s taken the helm. shadow. He played on seven different playoff teams, pitching in the penalty shootout for the 2014 World Series champions Giant.

As noted, I don’t have any of the three on my current ballot, but I’m open to changes. As we see the pitcher position begin to evolve, these three illustrate working horses are becoming a thing of the past, and I appreciate such pitchers as time goes on. Especially if pitchers in the designated hitter era continue to be short-changed in the Walk of Fame vote, these three are worth a longer look. Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Why Andy Pettitte, Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson Are Worth Longer Consideration

Charles Jones

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