Hey baseball fans!
Matt Nadel of Baseball with Matt here with the last part of my Who Should Be In The Hall of Fame series for More Than A Fan. Don’t worry, though, because you could all still view my newest series on More Than A Fan, ML”what would”B, which I hope I can do for a very long time. So, without further ado, here are the people who began their careers in the ‘90s (and a couple of them began in late 1980s but I forgot them in the last post) and belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Enjoy:
Jeff Bagwell (1991-2005 Houston Astros)
Probably one of the only bright spots on Houston’s roster in the 1990s, Jeff was pretty darn good. A four-time All-Star, Bagpipes hit .297 lifetime, with 449 homers and 1,529 RBIs. He also won Rookie of the Year in ’91 and MVP in the strike-shortened 1994 season. He also got to play in a World Series, the first in Astros history, in 2005, Jeff’s last year in the bigs. They lost to Chicago in a sweep, but does that really affect the fact that Bagwell belongs in the Hall?
Albert Belle (1989-2000 Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles)
Although not the best with the media, in just a 12-year career, he had some awesome numbers; 381 homers and 1,239 RBIs. AMAZING!!!! He also won the A. L. pennant with Cleveland in 1995, but lost in the World Series to Atlanta. It didn’t really matter that the season was only 144 games; Belle hit 50 homers! Like I said before, he was not a peach of a guy with the media, but I still think he belongs in Cooperstown.
Edgar Martinez (1987-2004 Seattle Mariners)
Let me get something straight here: the guy after whom is named the award that goes to the best DH in baseball after every season is not in the Hall of Fame? That is messed up. Anyway, there’s a reason why the best DH in baseball gets awarded the Edgar Martinez Award. The reason is simple: he is the best DH ever. No question. He batted .312 lifetime, hit 309 career homers, and had 1,261 RBIs. He also went to five All-Star Games, but sadly never got to a World Series. I don’t know why he is not in the Hall of Fame; best DH ever and the BBWAA hasn’t noticed. Smooth move, BBWAA.
Bernie Williams (1991-2006 New York Yankees)
Thank god Bernie hit the walk-off shot in Game One of the 1996 ALCS against Baltimore after Derek Jeter hit a homer with the help of a 12-year old kid, or else we might be looking at only 23 Yankee Championships (since that win sparked the Yankees’ dynasty). In his great Yankee career, he went to five All-Star Games, won four World Series, and was just plain cool. His .297 career batting average ranks 15th on the all-time Yankee list. He also hit 287 homers and 1,257 RBIs. He won the batting title in 1998 with a .339 batting average, plus four Gold Gloves. To top it all off, Bernie is now a very famous musician. If he’s not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, at least put him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his guitar playing.
Thank you for reading. Remember: although this is my last part of this series, you can always check back in a couple of days for ML”what would”B. Hope you liked the post!