Ted Dinch - Cobb Times Herald
In our continuing series, HoF or Not?, we are looking today at the players who man 1B. With the obvious observation that 1B isn't a position for the defensively gifted, it's all about the offensive numbers put up by these players that will determine if they are Hall of Fame material. Let's look at our candidates and see who makes the cut.
Francisco Tavarez - Retired
Qualifications: 3 All Star appearances, 2 Silver Sluggers, Only player in Cobb history to bat over .400 in a season, career OPS of 1.005
Detriments: Only three seasons played in his prime
HoF or Not: HoF - Tavarez was *the* elite 1B for the first three seasons in Cobb World. He was still a productive player at the age of 36, when he bat .295 with an OV rating of 44. If only we could have seen what his career would have been if he had stats for when he was young.
Orber Olivo - Helena Hellraisers
Qualifications: 4 All Star appearances, 1 Silver Slugger, 394 HR's, 1051 RBI's, .304 BA, 1.023 OPS
HoF or Not: HoF - Olivo is one of the greatest clutch hitters in Cobb history, with 46% of his RBI's coming with 2 outs. He has been a rock in the Helena lineup and is currently 3rd all time in HR's, he is a lock.
Joseph Pan - New York Pick Pockets
Qualifications: 2 All Star appearances, 1 Silver Slugger, 228 HR's
Detriments: Only 574 RBI's, durability a question mark throughout career
HoF or Not: NOT - Pan has shown flashes of brilliance in his career, but always seems to be capable of much more than he is delivering. When it is all said and done he may put up HoF numbers, but at the moment he doesn't compare to the likes of Olivo and Tavarez.
Josh Price - Omaha Sluggers
Qualifications: 2 All Star appearances, 2 Silver Sluggers, .349 BA, 1.132 OPS
Detriments: Power #'s are good but not great, still young with fragile health
HoF or Not: HoF - Price is putting up absolutely insane numbers at the plate in a still young career. Barring injury he is on a pace to have one of the highest career OPS' in the history of Cobb World.
Kip Zeile - Chicago Sabercats
Qualifications: 3 All Star appearances, 1 Silver Slugger, 319 HR's, 901 RBI's, 1.009 OPS
Detriments: 769 K's, Surly demeanor may put off some HoF voters
HoF or Not? HoF - Ultimately Zeile's numbers will overcome his personal baggage and he should make the hall. He is a crusher and has put up consistently excellent stats since he made the bigs.
Ben Harris - Sioux Falls Corn Cleats
Qualifications: 1 All Star appearance, 111 HR's in three seasons
Detriments: OPS of .898, numbers weak compared to other elite 1B's
HoF or Not: NOT - Harris is one of the most naturally gifted hitters in the league, but hasn't been able to put it all together for the monster season that many think he is capable of. He is still young, but when compared to the other 1B's in his generation he isn't getting it done.
Milt Serafini - Wichita Wankers
Qualifications: 1 All Star appearance, 1 Silver Slugger, 1 ROY, .356 BA, 1.044 OPS in first full season of ML play
Detriments: Only one full season of ML play
HoF or Not: NOT - Serafini was awesome in his first full year for Wichita. But he needs to keep it up to be considered for the Hall, as one season does not a career make. But he has major potential, and his status could very well change in the future.
On the Radar, but not yet ready for the discussion: Samuel Kennedy- Charlotte Dogs, Ernest McConnell - NY Pick Pockets (Move to RF puts him in OF discussion), Spud Jodie - Retired, and Woody Olerud - Jackson Pollocks.