Building A Hall of Fame Case For Lou Whitaker (Part 3, Modern Era Matchup)

whitaker and Tram.jpgSo far, we’ve examined Lou Whitaker’s resume in part one and how it stacks up against other Hall of Fame second basemen in part 2.  For the third part I’ll take a closer look at Hall of Fame second basemen during including slight before and after) Sweet Lou’s era.  The list includes Joe Morgan who played from ’63-’84, Rod Carew ’67-’85, Ryne Sandberg ’81-’97, Roberto Alomar ’88-’04, and Craig Biggio ’88-’00.

Please keep in mind for the counting stats, that Lou played 19 seasons, compared to Morgan 22, Biggio 20, Carew 19, Alomar 17, and Sandberg 16.

Batting Average (Career)
Morgan: .271
Carew: .328
Sandberg: .285
Alomar: .300
Biggio: .281
Average: .293
Whitaker: .276

On-Base Percentage
Morgan: .392
Carew: .393
Sandberg: .344
Alomar: .371
Biggio: .363
Average: .362
Whitaker: .363

Slugging Percentage 
Morgan: .427
Carew: .429
Sandberg: .452
Alomar: .443
Biggio: .433
Average: .436
Whitaker: .426

OPS
Morgan: .819
Carew: .822
Sandberg: .795
Alomar: .814
Biggio: .796
Average: .798
Whitaker: .789

Hits
Morgan: 2,517
Carew: 3,053
Sandberg: 2,386
Alomar: 2,724
Biggio: 3,060
Average: 2,748
Whitaker: 2,369

Home Runs 
Morgan: 268
Carew: 92
Sandberg: 282
Alomar: 210
Biggio: 291
Average: 229
Whitaker: 244

Doubles
Morgan: 449
Carew: 445
Sandberg: 403
Alomar: 504
Biggio: 668
Average: 494
Average w/o Biggio (668): 450
Whitaker: 420

Triples
Morgan: 96
Carew: 112
Sandberg: 76
Alomar: 80
Biggio: 55
Average: 84
Whitaker: 65

Runs Batted In
Morgan: 1,133
Carew: 1,015
Sandberg: 1,061
Alomar: 1,134
Biggio: 1,175
Average: 1,104
Whitaker: 1,084

Runs Scored 
Morgan: 1,650
Carew: 1,424
Sandberg: 1,318
Alomar: 1,508
Biggio: 1,844
Average: 1,549
Whitaker: 1,386

Stolen Bases
Morgan: 689
Carew: 353
Sandberg: 344
Alomar: 474
Biggio: 414
Average: 455
Whitaker: 143

WAR (Wins Above Replacement)
Morgan: 100.3
Carew: 81.1
Sandberg: 67.5
Alomar: 66.8
Biggio: 65.1
Average: 76.2
Whitaker: 74.9

WAR7 (Best 7 WAR Seasons)
Morgan: 59.2
Carew: 49.7
Sandberg: 46.8
Alomar: 42.8
Biggio: 41.6
Average: 48.2
Whitaker: 37.8

JAWS
Morgan: 79.7
Carew: 65.4
Sandberg: 67.2
Alomar: 54.8
Biggio: 53.4
Average: 62.1
Whitaker: 56.4

As you can see, Whitaker doesn’t lead in any category amongst the latest second base Hall of Famers, but outside of stolen bases, he isn’t exposed as someone who should not be considered or actually in the Hall.  Take in to account the Lou has a better WAR than Alomar and Biggio, as well as a better JAWS and competes in just about every stat category and one day I would hope that the Modern Era Committee nominates Whitaker and votes him in.

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