Friday, December 3, 2010

R.I.P. Ron Santo (#@$% the BBWA)

So the best player to never be voted in to the HOF (sorry Dale Murphy, but you're alive) died today, Ron Santo was 70. Santo is remembered for being one of the best Cubs players in history and one of the better 3B of all time both on offense and defense. He was a passionate announcer who often committed the faux pas of rooting for the Cubs in the booth. I'm sure the city of Chicago is mourning him right now. Rest easy, Ron.

So, since I really hate most baseball writers, let's prove what fucking idiots they are. Let's compare Brooks Robinson to Ron Santo.

Brooks Robinson
Year Age R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1955 18 0 2 0 0 1 0 .091 .091 .091 .182 -49
1956 19 5 10 4 1 1 1 .227 .244 .386 .631 71
1957 20 13 28 6 2 14 7 .239 .286 .359 .645 81
1958 21 31 110 16 3 32 31 .238 .292 .305 .597 69
1959 22 29 89 15 4 24 17 .284 .325 .383 .709 97
1960 23 74 175 27 14 88 35 .294 .329 .440 .769 108 AS,MVP-3,GG
1961 24 89 192 38 7 61 47 .287 .334 .397 .730 98 AS,MVP-19,GG
1962 25 77 192 29 23 86 42 .303 .342 .486 .828 126 AS,MVP-9,GG
1963 26 67 148 26 11 67 46 .251 .305 .365 .670 91 AS,GG
1964 27 82 194 35 28 118 51 .317 .368 .521 .889 145 AS,MVP-1,GG
1965 28 81 166 25 18 80 47 .297 .351 .445 .797 124 AS,MVP-3,GG
1966 29 91 167 35 23 100 56 .269 .333 .444 .776 123 AS,MVP-2,GG
1967 30 88 164 25 22 77 54 .269 .328 .434 .763 124 AS,GG
1968 31 65 154 36 17 75 44 .253 .304 .416 .720 116 AS,MVP-17,GG
1969 32 73 140 21 23 84 56 .234 .298 .395 .693 92 AS,MVP-23,GG
1970 33 84 168 31 18 94 53 .276 .335 .429 .764 109 AS,MVP-7,GG
1971 34 67 160 21 20 92 63 .272 .341 .413 .754 114 AS,MVP-4,GG
1972 35 48 139 23 8 64 43 .250 .303 .342 .644 90 AS,MVP-26,GG
1973 36 53 141 17 9 72 55 .257 .326 .344 .670 90 AS,GG
1974 37 46 159 27 7 59 56 .288 .353 .374 .728 113 AS,MVP-12,GG
1975 38 50 97 15 6 53 44 .201 .267 .274 .541 58 GG
1976 39 16 46 8 3 11 8 .211 .240 .307 .548 64
1977 40 3 7 2 1 4 4 .149 .212 .255 .467 30
23 Seasons 1232 2848 482 268 1357 860 .267 .322 .401 .723 104
162 Game Avg. 69 159 27 15 76 48 .267 .322 .401 .723 104
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/3/2010.


Ron Santo
Year Age R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1960 20 44 87 24 9 44 31 .251 .311 .409 .720 96 RoY-4
1961 21 84 164 32 23 83 73 .284 .362 .479 .842 121
1962 22 44 137 20 17 83 65 .227 .302 .358 .659 74
1963 23 79 187 29 25 99 42 .297 .339 .481 .820 128 AS,MVP-8
1964 24 94 185 33 30 114 86 .313 .398 .564 .962 164 AS,MVP-8,GG
1965 25 88 173 30 33 101 88 .285 .378 .510 .888 146 AS,MVP-18,GG
1966 26 93 175 21 30 94 95 .312 .412 .538 .950 161 AS,MVP-12,GG
1967 27 107 176 23 31 98 96 .300 .395 .512 .906 153 MVP-4,GG
1968 28 86 142 17 26 98 96 .246 .354 .421 .775 126 AS,MVP-24,GG
1969 29 97 166 18 29 123 96 .289 .384 .485 .869 131 AS,MVP-5
1970 30 83 148 30 26 114 92 .267 .369 .476 .844 115
1971 31 77 148 22 21 88 79 .267 .354 .423 .778 109 AS
1972 32 68 140 25 17 74 69 .302 .391 .487 .878 139 AS
1973 33 65 143 29 20 77 63 .267 .348 .440 .788 112 AS
1974 34 29 83 12 5 41 37 .221 .293 .299 .591 69
15 Seasons 1138 2254 365 342 1331 1108 .277 .362 .464 .826 125
162 Game Avg. 82 163 26 25 96 80 .277 .362 .464 .826 125
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/3/2010.

While Santo doesn't have the totals that Robinson does (because he didn't play as long), he has a better 162 game average for: RBI, HR, R, H, BB, .AVG, OPS and OPS+. Santo's career was good for 66.4 WAR in 15 seasons, Robinson was good for 69.1 in 23 seasons. In 8 more seasons, Robinson only put up 2.7 more WAR. Robinson did finish top 3 in the AL MVP race in 1964-66 (winning it in 1964) but those weren't his best seasons. Robinson posted WAR below 5 in 65 and 66, and while that is All-Star level quality, there were 7 guys with more WAR in 65, and 8 more in 66. For his career Robinson posted 3 seasons with WAR above 7.0 and a total of 5 seasons with a WAR over 5.0 with his best season being 1964 with a WAR of 8.1 and an OPS+ of 145.

Santo had 4 seasons with WAR above 7 and 11 seasons with a WAR of above 5, his best season was 1967 in which he posted a WAR of 10.2 and an OPS+ of 153. Santo finished in the top 8 of MVP voting 4 times (Robinson did it 6 times).

There are no UZR ratings for these players, but Brooks Robinson is 27.3 WAR for his career at D, Santo is only 1.1 but Santo is clearly the better offensive player. Santo needs to be in the hall.

Why is Santo not in the hall? Because baseball writers are old, pompous assholes.

For the record:
Rickey Henderson, the greatest leadoff hitter of all time and the SB king, didn't get 100% of the vote to get into the HOF. Seriously? Who doesn't think Henderson belongs? Can we take their vote away? I really don't have a solution to this problem, I just wanted to share my hatred of the BBWA.

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