Half-Baked Hall: 2002

The Sandman breezes in with 100% of the vote just as he did in real life a few months ago.  Todd Helton also brings it home with 81% of the vote, becoming the first Rockie to be bestowed with HBH honors.

Meanwhile, the late Roy Halladay just misses election with 69% of the vote and will be back later (on a ballot).

Not making the cut were Andy Pettitte (2 votes), Miguel Tejada (2 votes), Roy Oswalt (1 vote) and shutouts for Placido Polanco and Lance Berkman.

2002 Ballot

The cake is a lie

  • Tim Raines (93%, 13 Votes)
  • None of them! (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Chuck Finley (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Justice (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chuck Knoblauch (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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12 thoughts on “Half-Baked Hall: 2002”

  1. If Knoblauch were a more affable fellow, I'd probably vote for him just because he was on a HOF track with the Twins before the Yankees ruined him. I remember after Puckett retired, Bob Casey needed a player to announce in the same excitement he would announce Kirby, and it never quite worked. It sounded a lot like, "Chuck! Knob-lawwwwwwwhhhghghgh!"

    The thing I remember the most about Chuck Finley is the White Sox walk-up music guy who played a Whitesnake song after news broke of him being assaulted by his wife Tawny Kitaen.

    Tim Raines owes his HOF status to Jonah Keri--he even said so as much--and Keri has been charged with assaulting his wife. When we vote him into the half-baked hall, Raines can feel good about his advocates.

      1. Speaking of assault, Tawny Kitaen. That's what I find most memorable about Finley (since I remember it).

    1. 84.7 % success rate and everyone knew he was going. His rookie season in 1981 was ridiculous. 71 stolen bases in 88 games and only caught 11 times. Full season equates to about 130 stolen bases.

      1. Third best baserunning value all-time. The top-three all played at the same time. The leaderboard is dominated by players that began that careers in the late 70s to 80s.

  2. Justice: 129 OPS+ for his career, but only 49.6 rWAR. Lots of nagging injuries. No.

    Finley had a better career than I remembered. 57.9 rWAR (69th all-time for pitchers). 9 seasons with 200+ innings. 99th all-time in WPA. He's a no, but has some consideration merit.

      1. He missed the playoffs the first two years of his career. After that he made it every season from 1991 to 2002 despite playing for four teams in that span. I'm sure other players have longer streaks but that had to be pretty fun for him.

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