Top 3 former Atlanta Braves not in the Hall of Fame

With the 2023 Hall of Fame announcement accomplished. Three notable former Atlanta Braves had been represented on the poll in Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield, and Billy Wagner. What higher time to have a look at former Braves with the finest careers which can be not enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Fortunately, Fred McGriff is not on this listing as a result of he was elected by committee in December of final yr.

So, earlier than we get into the former Braves with the finest careers which can be not in the Hall of Fame, we have to set some parameters.

First, we are going to not be itemizing gamers which can be nonetheless eligible through poll. All the gamers on the poll at the very least mathematically have an opportunity of making it.

Next, we’re solely going to listing gamers that had been half of the Atlanta Braves. This listing will not essentially be gamers that spent most of their profession in Atlanta, however they needed to have performed for Atlanta.

There are arguments for nice gamers that performed for the franchise earlier than it was in Atlanta. Players like Tommy Bond of the Boston Red Stockings, Bill Dahlen of the Boston Doves, and Charlie Buffinton of the Boston Beaneaters who all are in the high 180 gamers all-time in phrases of Wins Above Replacement will not be talked about. However, it’s extremely beneficial that you just have a look at their profiles, as all of them had unbelievable careers.

Also, there are various totally different traces of thought on who must be a Hall of Famer. Some favor a small corridor, some favor a bigger corridor. Some consider it must be primarily based on how a participant performs in comparability to different gamers at their main place, whereas others consider it must be how they carried out in comparability to the total league. Some issue in character, some do not, and a few simply cherry decide to justify why their childhood favourite participant must be in.

With this in thoughts, we’re purely taking a look at three gamers who had the finest careers statistically, whereas we pass over all the relaxation.

Kenny Lofton

Kenny Lofton solely performed 120 video games for the Atlanta Braves, however when he was a Brave he had a big impact. In 1997 he had a slash line of .333/.409/.428 with a 125 wRC+ (25.0 % higher than league common). He completed that season with a 5.2 fWAR.

For his profession, Lofton was very constant. He was by no means actually an influence menace with solely 130 HR over 17 seasons and 9235 plate appearances, however he nonetheless maintained a wRC+ of 109. In truth, his wRC+ was above league common for 14 of his 17 seasons.

Defensively, Lofton ended his profession with a defensive WAR of 15.5. For reference, that’s 107th all-time amongst all positions. Andruw Jones has the most dWAR of any outfielder with 24.4 dWAR.

Lofton ended his profession with 62.4 fWAR and 68.4 bWAR. Accumulating WAR (though it’s not an ideal metric) generally is a good measure as a result of it helps have a look at how a lot worth a participant introduced throughout a whole profession. It particularly helps to have a look at gamers like Lofton whose worth was far past simply offense.

In phrases of bWAR over a profession, Lofton ranks 117th all-time amongst all positions, amongst all eras. This contains pitchers from the Walter Johnson period who would begin 42 video games in a season and make aid appearances whereas having full video games in a big fraction of their begins. Among place gamers Lofton ranks 78th all-time.

Somehow, Lofton was solely on the BBWAA poll for one yr in 2013, receiving a vote on solely 3.2 % of ballots with 5.0 % wanted to stay on the poll. To this present day, it’s nonetheless one of the larger tragedies in the historical past of Hall of Fame voting that Lofton was not given extra respect to at the very least be on the poll for a couple of extra years at a minimal.

Graig Nettles

Some Atlanta Braves followers might have forgotten that Graig Nettles performed for the Atlanta Braves as a result of it was the 21St yr of his profession, and it was not a memorable one. In 1987, Nettles had a slash line of .209/.294/.350 which equated to a horrible wRC+ of 61.

(*3*)This might elevate some eyebrows as to why Nettles would even be talked about. However, Nettles, like Lofton had a protracted profession persistently being above common. In 10228 profession plate appearances spanning over 22 seasons, Nettles ended his profession with a slash line of .248/.329/.421 with a wRC+ of 111 and 390 HRs. His slash line was handicapped by his final three seasons along with his wRC+ by no means being over 86, so it does make his total 111 that rather more spectacular.

In phrases of protection, Nettles graded effectively in phrases of dWAR. Over 22 seasons he accrued 21.4. This ranks him 42n.d all-time. For reference, Scott Rolen is correct behind him in 45th with 21.2. It could appear apparent, however Fangraphs and Statcast did not observe protection with gamers from this period to the degree of granularity that they do now. That being stated, Nettles was nonetheless excellent defensively primarily based on the information that we now have.

In phrases of total output, Nettles ended his profession with 68.0 bWAR, and 65.7 fWAR. This would rank him 83rd all-time in bWAR, and twelfthth amongst 3rd basemen For what it’s price there are 15 3rd basemen in the Hall of Fame. This is not to say Nettles ought to or ought to not be in, only a level of reference as to how strong his profession was.

Nettles ended up staying on the BBWAA poll for 4 years from 1994-1997 receiving the most help in 1994 being on 8.3 % of the ballots, and finally falling off the poll when he was on 4.7 % in 1997.

As will be seen with each Lofton and Nettles, voters throughout this time-frame did not care a lot about protection apart from Gold Gloves, which had been extraordinarily flawed throughout that point (that could be a complete different article in itself).

Darrell Evans

Braves followers are in all probability much more acquainted of Darrell Evans who began off his profession enjoying for Atlanta for 9 seasons, whereas being the full-time beginning 3rd baseman for six and a half of these seasons.

Evans introduced nice play for the Braves with a slash line of .246/.368/.426 which equates to a wRC+ of 121 over 3522 plate appearances. He additionally had 131 HRs throughout that time-frame as effectively.

1973 was an particularly good yr for Evans in which he hit .281/.403/.556 with a wRC+ of 158, 41 HRs, main the league in walks, and an total fWAR of 9.7. Somehow, he got here in 18th in MVP voting whereas Pete Rose received the award with a 140 wRC+ and seven.3 fWAR all as a result of he may hit a bunch of singles.

Over his total profession, Evans produced a slash line of .248/.361/.431 which equates to a 120 wRC+, with 414 HRs over 10737 plate appearances and 21 seasons.

Evans was by no means a strong defender. For his total profession he had a dWAR of 0.2. He was clearly a primary participant, however he was excellent at it. It actually is a thriller why he did not get extra love in the accolades enviornment. He was solely an All-Star twice, and solely bought MVP down votes 4 instances. To be truthful, the Silver Slugger award did not begin till 1980, so he would in all probability have acquired a couple of of these awards. This lack of accolades possible harm him when it got here to HoF voting.

In phrases of total efficiency, Evans ended his profession with 61.1 fWAR and 58.8 bWAR. This would place him 129th all-time amongst all gamers, and 20th amongst all 3rd basemen Again, there are various totally different traces of thought as to what makes a HoFer, however statistically Evans had a really strong profession, and arguably a high three profession amongst former Braves who’re not in the HoF.

Honorable Mention – Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy is an absolute legend in Braves Country. Many followers might get offended that Murphy is not in the high three resulting from arguments that he received MVP twice, or another metric. It is actually semantics at this level, however from an total statistical standpoint, he comes up simply quick of the different three gamers.

This is not to say that Dale Murphy was not an incredible participant. He had a really strong profession and rightfully so is in the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame.

Murphy ended his profession with a slash line of .265/.346/.469 which equates to a 119 wRC+ and 398 HRs over 9040 plate appearances spanning 17 seasons. These are clearly unbelievable numbers.

Murphy’s kryptonite, which is the fundamental purpose he’s an honorable point out, is his profession protection. Murphy performed CF in the MLB, so he was by much better at protection than the common human. However, in opposition to his friends he does not grade effectively. He ended his profession with a dWAR of -6.8.

From an total standpoint, he ended his profession with an fWAR of 44.4 and bWAR of 46.5 which might rank him tied for 241St all-time.

Murphy stayed on the BBWAA poll or all 15 years he was eligible from 1999-2013 with 2000 being the yr the place he appeared on the most ballots at 23.2 %.

Again, the different three gamers barely edged him out primarily based on the parameters set. There is certainly an argument to be made that he belongs amongst the high 3 former Atlanta Braves not to be in the HoF.

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