The Walker Files: Hall of Fame Monitor Slam Dunk

Larry Walker

Larry Walker is in his eighth year on the Hall of Fame ballot who has yet to receive more than 25 percent support, but in virtually any monitoring system you will find he had a Hall of Fame career. In Bill James’ Hall of Fame monitor, a 100 point total means a good possibility a player will be inducted, and a point total of 130 makes the player a virtual cinch. Walker has a Hall of Fame Monitor rating of 148.

Hall of Fame Monitor Totals for the 18 position players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot:

Player Points
Barry Bonds 340
Manny Ramirez 226
Vladimir Guerrero 209
Sammy Sosa 202
Chipper Jones 181
Gary Sheffield 158
Jim Thome 156
Larry Walker 148
Edgar Martinez 132
Jeff Kent 123
Omar Vizquel 120
Andruw Jones 109
Fred McGriff 100
Scott Rolen 99
Johnny Damon 90
Carlos Lee 78
Hideki Matsui 36
Orlando Hudson 20

Source: Baseball-reference.com

 

How the point totals are obtained:

 

  • For Batting Average, 2.5 points for each season over .300, 5.0 for over .350, 15 for over .400. Seasons are not double-counted. I require 100 games in a season to qualify for this bonus.
  • For hits, 5 points for each season of 200 or more hits.
  • 3 points for each season of 100 RBI’s and 3 points for each season of 100 runs.
  • 10 points for 50 home runs, 4 points for 40 HR, and 2 points for 30 HR.
  • 2 points for 45 doubles and 1 point for 35 doubles.
  • 8 points for each MVP award and 3 for each AllStar Game, and 1 point for a Rookie of the Year award.
  • 2 points for a gold glove at C, SS, or 2B, and 1 point for any other gold glove.
  • 6 points if they were the regular SS or C on a WS winning team, 5 points for 2B or CF, 3 for 3B, 2 for LF or RF, and 1 for 1B. I don’t have the OF distribution, so I give 3 points for OF (requires at least 82 games as the position).
  • 5 points if they were the regular SS or C on a Pennant-winning (but not WS winning) team, 3 points for 2B or CF, 1 for 3B. I don’t have the OF distribution, so I give 1 points for OF (requires at least 82 games as the position).
  • 2 points if they were the regular SS or C on a Division winning team (but not WS or LCS winning), 1 points for 2B, CF, or 3B. I don’t have the OF distribution, so I give 1 points for OF (requires at least 82 games as the position).
  • 6 points for leading the league in BA, 4 for HR or RBI, 3 for runs scored, 2 for hits or SB, and 1 for doubles and triples.
  • 50 points for 3,500 career hits, 40 for 3,000, 15 for 2,500, and 4 for 2,000.
  • 30 points for 600 career home runs, 20 for 500, 10 for 400, and 3 for 300.
  • 24 points for a lifetime BA over .330, 16 if over .315, and 8 if over .300.
  • For tough defensive positions, 60 for 1800 games as a catcher, 45 for 1,600 games, 30 for 1,400, and 15 for 1,200 games caught.
  • 30 points for 2100 games at 2B or SS, or 15 for 1,800 games.
  • 15 points for 2,000 games at 3B.
  • An additional 15 points if the player has more than 2,500 games played at 2B, SS, or 3B.
  • Award 15 points if the player’s batting average is over .275 and they have 1,500 or more games as a 2B, SS or C.
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