Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Is He a Hall of Famer?

Last year we talked about a bunch of guys who were borderline Hall of Fame candidates. With his home run last night, giving him home runs with 10 different teams, I couldn't help but think about whether Kenny Lofton was a potential Hall of Famer.

Here are his stats.

He has about 2,300 hits right now, over 600 stolen bases, and a lifetime OBP of .372. He's a 6 time All-Star, four time gold glover, received MVP votes in four different seasons, and was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year (to Pat Listach, of all people). Despite 10 post-season appearances, Kenny hasn't won any rings (and his teams only advanced to the World Series twice).

Kiki Cuyler is the only Hall of Famer on his most similar players list (his career ended in 1938). Ken Griffey (the dad) is Kenny's most similar comparable.

Based on the stats, Kenny isn't a Hall of Famer. I hope he gets some votes. Based on how many teams he's played for, it's tough to say what cap he'd wear in the Hall. It's probably not an issue anyway. He has been a lot of fun to watch though. And he's been a guy for a long time that was a good guy to build a team around. He might not have ever been the MVP/statistical leader of a team, but he's been a really good table setter with some pop (about an average SLG percentage for his career -- not bad for a leadoff guy).

2 comments:

wiggins said...

I've always liked Lofton. Back when I payed attention to the O's he scared the hell out of me as an Indian. I remember some sick HR he stole from Chris Hoiles at the wall. He used to be crazy good...

Mike said...

It's funny you say that about stealing homers. That's one of the first things I think of with him playing against the Sox.