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Hall of Fame Poll: Billy Wagner

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Billy Wagner’s on the Hall of Fame ballot for the ninth time. He was on 68.1% of the ballots last year, a nice jump from 51.0% the year before. He has been climbing slowly; he was only at 10.5% in his first year. Billy has two more chances to jump that last 7%.

He pitched for five teams in his 16-year career, spending most of it with the Houston Astros.

Wagner sits sixth on the all-time saves list. He made seven All-Star teams, won one Reliever of the Year award, and got MVP votes twice and Cy Young votes twice.

He pitched in 853 games and had a 2.31 ERA (terrific career number) with 422 saves. He averaged 11.9 strikeouts per 9 innings (an excellent career number).

Billy pitched in the playoffs seven times but never made it to the World Series. He has terrible numbers in 14 playoff games, a 10.03 ERA, allowing 21 hits in 11.2 innings.

Comparing him to Trevor Hoffman, who is in the Hall, Wagner has about 150 fewer innings, almost half a run-better ERA, and he has about 60 more strikeouts (in the 150 fewer innings) with 7 fewer walks (in 150 fewer innings). Hoffman’s argument over Wagner is all the save count (601 for Hoffman, 422 for Wagner). Wagner had 69 blown saves for an 86% save percentage. Hoffman 76 for an 89% save percentage. So the difference in the Writers’ vote is all the save total.

If Hoffman deserves to be in, Wagner does. But then, if we go by that sort of scale, Harold Baines would be the gateway drug to dozens of undeserving Hall of Famers.

You can see his career number here.


Would you vote Billy Wagner into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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