Can you spot the five guys NOT in the Hall of Fame? It's easy, I separated 'em for ya. :) Here's the full post about guys elected to the Hall of Fame primarily for their defense. Guys like Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Bobby Wallace, John Ward, and Bid McPhee stand up as definite HOFers, with many others worthy of debate (and a couple aren't worth any debate at all). I almost made it through the whole post without comparing some HOFers to our friends Bill Dahlen, Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, Alan Trammell, and Ron Santo. Almost.
Yes, it's the beginning of the MYSTERY WAR GRAPHS series at Driveline Mechanics. Above, you can see a comparison of the careers of two guys still in baseball according to WAR, ordered by best-to-worst seasons according to wins above replacement. Click the link to find the answer to this thrilling mystery!
My Hardball Times debut is up, sporting this lovely graph (thanks, Mr. Quick). I discussed four players from 2008, all of which produced like an average player over a full season (~2.3 WAR), but in very different ways. Akinori Iwamura seemingly had no strengths and no weaknesses, Carlos Gomez was a hole at the plate but a stud in the field, Jermaine Dye was the antithesis of Gomez, and Jerry Hairston, Jr. was more impressive than everyone when he played but only racked up 300 plate appearances. Average, average, average, average. But not similar at all. For those interested, I'll be contributing a piece to THT every two weeks -- enough to matter, but not enough to distract from BtB.