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Cooperstown Cred is primarily focused on the credentials of current or potentially future candidates for the ultimate honor in sport, induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

As the Hall of Fame debate is by definition an exercise of comparative analysis, of course we also take a look at exising Hall of Fame members.

The content on Cooperstown Cred contains a blend of sabermetric and comparative analysis with old-school thinking. WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is not the be-all everything statistic but it’s important: it’s an indicator that points us towards further study. In the meantime, we still give a batter credit for his RBI and a starting pitcher for his Wins. Remember, it’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of WAR.

The articles here are designed to appeal to both the old-school fan but also those who like to take a deep dive into the numbers.

Most of the statistics on this site are the ones you grew up with but there are some new ones that we’ve embraced. In particular, OPS+ and ERA+ give us the ability to compare players from different ballparks and different eras across history. For the limited number of advanced metrics like those that we use, there’s often a link in the piece to explain and you can always look in the Glossary, many categories of which are featured in the sidebar on the right of the page.

The author, Chris Bodig, a longtime student of the Hall of Fame since first visiting at the age of 13 in 1980, is a former Producer for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and Coordinating Producer for Up Close.

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Featured Articles

2019 Hall of Fame Candidates

First Look at the 2019 BBWAA Ballot: First Time Candidates

Mariano Rivera: Inner Circle Hall of Famer

Mike Mussina: on the 2019 Hall of Fame Bubble

Roy Halladay (1977-2017): An Appreciation

First Look at the 2019 BBWAA Ballot: Returning Candidates

Edgar Martinez: On the Doorstep of the Hall of Fame

True Crime: Fred McGriff’s Disappearing Hall of Fame Chances

 

Omar Vizquel: the Eye Test vs. the WAR Test

The Twitter Candidate: the Case for Curt Schilling for Cooperstown

Larry Walker’s Hall of Fame Case and the Impact of Coors Field

Annual Conundrum: to Vote or Not to Vote for Bonds and Clemens

Why Jeff Kent gets lost in the Cooperstown shuffle.

WAR Test: Scott Rolen on the Hall of Fame Ballot

Why Gary Sheffield Remains far Away from the Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones: Best Defensive Center Fielder Ever?

Today’s Game (Veterans Committee) Candidates for 2019

Capsule Look at the 10 Candidates for the Today’s Game Ballot

Lee Smith’s Second Chance at the Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Case for Orel Hershiser

Is there a Hall of Fame Case for RBI Man Joe Carter?

Should Sweet Lou Piniella be in the Hall of Fame?

Davey Johnson’s Managerial Career and Cooperstown Credentials

Should the Famous George Steinbrenner be in the Hall of Fame?

Just Shy of 3,000 Hits and 400 HR, does Harold Baines Belong in the Hall of Fame?

Peak Performer: Does Albert Belle have a Hall of Fame Case?

Cooperstown not yet Thrilled by Will Clark

Charlie Manuel is on the Modern Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Articles about the Hall of Fame Class of 2018:

The Montreal Expos’ Special Place in Cooperstown

Glorious Day in Cooperstown: Six New Members are Inducted into the Hall

Jim Thome: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

Vladimir Guerrero: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

Chipper Jones: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

Trevor Hoffman: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

Jack Morris: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

Alan Trammell: 10 Hall of Fame Moments

20 Facts about the Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Chipper Jones Joins the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame Dynasty

Vladimir Guerrero: the third Dominican Dandy and why he chose an Angels logo for his Cooperstown cap

Jim Thome: Natural Home Run Slugger in the PED Era

Trevor Hoffman: why he makes the cut as a Cooperstown Closer

Vladimir Guerrero: Ready for the Hall of Fame Call (an in-depth analysis of his career)

Why Jack Morris Absolutely Deserves his Hall of Fame Plaque

Finally, it’s Time for Trammell in Cooperstown

Ford C. Frick Award Winner Bob Costas’ Greatest Game Calls

Future Candidates

Adrian Beltre: Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Max Scherzer’s Career Best Season Puts Him Closer to Cooperstown

Is CC Sabathia a Hall of Famer?

Justin Verlander’s 200th Win and Hall of Fame Potential

Chase Utley: Career Ending, Cooperstown Debate Beginning

Craig Kimbrel: Fastest to 300 Saves

Appreciating Albert Pujols’ Hall of Fame Career

Ichiro Suzuki’s Uniquely Superb Career

Joe Mauer: 2,000 Hit Man, Future Hall of Famer?

David Wright: Cooperstown Cred for Mr. Met

David Ortiz’ Greatest October Hits

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: N.L. East (featuring Scherzer, Harper, Wright, Freeman)

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: A.L. East (featuring Sabathia, Stanton, Pedroia, Sale)

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: N.L. Central (featuring Votto, Molina, Lester)

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: A.L. Central (featuring Cabrera, Mauer, Kluber)

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: N.L. West (featuring Kershaw, Utley, Greinke, Posey, Bumgarner)

Future Hall of Fame Candidates: A.L. West (featuring Pujols, Trout, Ichiro, Cano, Beltre, Verlander)

The Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

Tim Raines: Finally a Hall of Famer and where he ranks, steal for steal, among the sport’s greatest stolen base artists

Jeff Bagwell joins Craig Biggio in Cooperstown: one of the Hall’s few one-team duos

Ivan the Great: in the Hall of Fame on his first try, remembering the brilliance of Ivan Rodriguez

The History of Relief Pitching Series:

Part One (1871-1945): when Hall of Fame Starters doubled as Closers (featuring Three Finger Brown, Ed Walsh, Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander)

Part Two (1946-1968): the Emergence of the Bullpen Specialist (featuring Hoyt Wilhelm and non-Hall of Famer Allie Reynolds)

Part Three (1969-1987): the Golden Age of the True Fireman (featuring Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, and Bruce Sutter and non-Hall of Famers Lee Smith, Dan Quisenberry, Sparky Lyle and others)

Part Four (1988-Present): the Era of the One-Inning Closer (featuring Dennis Eckersley, John Smoltz, and non-Hall of Famers Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner and others)

Part Five: the Famous Firemen of October (featuring Mariano Rivera, Rollie Fingers, and Randy Johnson)

Part Six: Comparing Closers Across Eras (featuring Mariano Rivera, Goose Gossage, and others)

Part Seven: The Cooperstown Closer Debate (which firemen should be in the Hall of Fame)