Friday, July 17, 2009

Bobby Abreu: Hall of Famer?

Surprisingly, there is only 1 instance of a player putting up these numbers in a season, ever:

30 HR, 40 SB, 40 2B, 100 BB

It was Bobby Abreu in 2004, who finished 23rd in the MVP voting on a 2nd place Phillies team.

Barry Bonds equaled him several times (1991, 1996) on the stolen bases, homers and walks, but never on doubles.

Abreu's numbers from 2004
30 HR, 40 SB, 47 2B, 127 BB, along with 117 Runs, .301 BA and 105 RBI

It is understandable that the MVP voting rewarded the players with huge home run and RBI totals, but for having a really good, all-around game, Abreu has had one of the more productive and unappreciated careers in recent history.

He is the only player in Major League History with these numbers:
.300 BA, 200 HR, 300 SB, .400 OBP.
The only other players who were close were Willie Mays, Rickie Henderson and Barry Bonds.

Can Abreu make it into the Hall of Fame?
I wouldn't have thought so before, but they are very impressive numbers. Generally, steady production across many offensive categories will not be enough. The voters want to be blown away and see MVP awards, and that's not him. The way things are going, though, there might not be too many decent options left when he comes up years from now.

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