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Hall of Fame Poll: Magglio Ordonez

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I was going to skip Magglio  Ordonez, but he had a better career than I thought (if not quite a Hall of Fame career.

Maggilio played 15 seasons, hitting .309/.369/.502 with 294 home runs in 1848 games. He had a 42.7 bWAR.

He played 8 seasons with the White Sox and 7 with the Tigers. He played mostly right field, with a few games  in center (he wasn't very good defensively).

Not counting his last season, he never hit worse than .282 in a season. Ignoring his first two seasons, and his last, he  didn't have a OBP under .349 and never slugged under .415 until his last year.

His best season was 2007, hitting .363/.434/.595 with 28 home runs and 54 doubles.

He drove in 100 runs 7 times. He was named to 6 All-Star teams, had MVP votes 5 times (finishing 2nd in 207), had 3 Silver Slugger awards and finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting in 1998.

I really didn't think he was that good of a player.

Matt W tells us:

A lot of debate about the Hall of Fame relates to comparing a candidate against others elected and excluded. The chart below shows all players who played the majority of their career after 1945 (excluding active players, and those on the ballot or yet to hit the ballot) according to how long they played and how productive they were. TRC+ is wRC+, just for all runs rather than just batting runs. This is not meant to be definitive, but a high level starting point showing how players with similarly productive and lasting careers have fared.


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