HALL OF FAME VOTING
Leading Vote Receivers on Previous Ballots:Derrek Coleridge (10 votes S30)
In 15 ML seasons, he was a 7 time All-Star, 5 time Fireman of the Year and a World Series Champion.
G 783 SV 550 K 655 OAV .254 WHIP 1.34 ERA 3.83
Notes: There is one statistic on Derrek's line that stands out above all the rest, that's the 550 saves. That number is good for #1 all-time. The OAV, ERA and WHIP seem high for a player of his caliber, but consider that 6 of his seasons were played in the HBD 'juice' era. Derrek owns a career RAR of 5.6 and a WAR of 0.6 (keep in mind that these numbers are run with SPs included), solid numbers for a CP during his 15 seasons.
Stump Matheson (8 votes S32)
In 18 ML seasons, he was an 8 time All-Star, 2 time Fireman of the Year and a World Series Champion.
G 1199 SV 453 K 1404 OAV .221 WHIP 1.17 ERA 3.05
Notes: While Matheson falls short of Coleridge by almost 50 saves, the other numbers on his line are much better. Stump has almost 750 more K's, a WHIP .17 lower and an ERA almost .80 lower. His saber-stats are also much better. Matheson's career RAR is 15.5 and his WAR is 1.7, absolutely amazing statistics over almost the same time frame as Coleridge. If you're deciding between the two, let these numbers influence your opinion.
Gio Hernandez (10 votes S32)
In 18 ML seasons, he was a 4 time All-Star, 1 Gold Glove, 1 No Hitter and 1 Silver Slugger.
G 589 W 237 L 174 K 3163 OAV .253 WHIP 1.27 ERA3.63
Notes: With over 3800 IP, Gio set the standard for durability over his 18 seasons. Somehow, he was never awarded a Cy Young, which is almost as unbelievable as his career saber-stats. A 51.4 RAR and a 5.4 WAR paired with the 3,163 K's should give Gio serious consideration for your ballot. Gio all-time is 3rd in Ks, 5th in Quality Starts (345) and 5th is Shutouts with 19. It is notable that as great as Gio was during his time, there were other SPs statistically superior.
Carlos Valdes (4 votes S29)
In 19 ML seasons, he was an 8 time All-Star, 2 time Fireman of the Year and 3 time World Series Champion.
G 1163 SV 447 K 1535 OAV .242 WHIP 1.18 ERA 3.28
Notes: Carlos dominated at the end of games for the almost 2 HBD decades, his 447 saves may be almost 100 behind Coleridge but his other numbers are outstanding. Despite playing half his career in the 'juice' era, Mr. Valdes had a career ERA a point and a half better than league average over that time. Carlos also sits #4 all-time in K to Walk ratio @ 3.54. His career RAR stands at 16.9 with his WAR at 1.8, great numbers for a CP during his playing days.
Alex Torres (8 votes S32)
In 16 ML seasons, he was a 7 time All-Star, 2 time Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and 2 time World Series Champion.
G 498 W 202 L 115 K 2761 OAV .231 WHIP 1.20 ERA 3.25
Notes: Alex was an excellent SP in his 16 seasons, despite not cracking the top 5 in any major statistical category. His saber-stats do surpass those of Gio, with a career RAR of 52.5 and a 5.7 WAR. His 2 Cy-Young's and his ROY along with his saber-stats should be enough to make you think with your votes. I would say that of the 6 on this list, he may fall just short.
Graham Oliver (3 votes S32)
In 15 ML seasons, he was a 4 time All-Star, 3 time Silver Slugger and a World Champion.
AB 6194 H 2011 HR 247 RBI 1016 AVG .325 OPS .917
Notes: While the HR and RBI numbers may not jump off the page for Mr. Oliver, take a close look at the AVG and OPS. The AVG is only .10 points off of #5 all-time and the OPS is good for top ten all-time. Graham played seasons 12 through 27 (15 seasons), during that time he was above the league average 12 seasons in SLG and OBP. He carried a 143 OPS+, a 6.3 WAR and 60.1 RAR during his career. These are eye-popping HBD numbers and is the reason Graham Oliver should get your vote.
First Season Nominees:Donte Zoltan
In 17 ML seasons, he was a 3 time All-Star and a 2 time World Series Champion.
G 544 W 212 L 137 K 2277 OAV .243 WHIP 1.25 ERA 3.60
In 19 ML seasons, he was a 6 time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner.
G 577 W 248 L 157 K 2391 OAV .247 WHIP 1.29 ERA 3.96
In 17 ML seasons, he was a 6 time All-Star, 2 time Fireman of the Year and a 3 time World Series Champion.
G 1127 SV 295 K 727 OAV .224 WHIP 1.09 ERA 2.93
Notes: While I did not run WAR and RAR for first time nominees, Alfonso is the career leader in ERA with his excellent mark of 2.93, enough to make you consider him this season.