HALL OF FAME CASE FOR JEFF KENT

 

With the recent selection of Craig Biggio for the Hall there are now 18 second basemen (not counting Rod Carew who played more time at other positions than second base) in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Jeff Kent retired after the 2008 season.  A great deal of difference exists between the game played over a hundred years ago and today, but if you compare the career numbers of Biggio and Kent with just those who have played in the last fifty years (Fox, Mazeroski, Morgan, Schoendienst and Sandberg) a strong case can be made for Kent to be an early inductee into Cooperstown.  Compare the numbers for the 18 second basemen already there with the numbers of Jeff Kent:

 

   Years Played

 

Eddie Collins                 25

Rogers Hornsby            23

Joe Morgan                  22

Nap Lahore                  21

Craig Biggio                 20

Nellie Fox                    19

Charlie Gehringer         19

Frankie Frisch              19

Red Schoendienst         19

Bid McPhee                 18

Johnny Evers                18
Jeff Kent                    17

Bill Mazeroski              17

Ryne Sandberg            16

Billy Herman                15

Bobby Doerr               14

Tony Lazzeri                 14

Joe Gordon                  11

Jackie Robinson           10

 

      Batting Average

 

Rogers Hornsby           .358

Nap Lajoie                   .338

Eddie Collins                .333

Charlie Gehringer          .320

Frankie Frisch              .316

Jackie Robinson           .311

Billy Herman                .304

Tony Lazzeri                .292

Jeff Kent                    .290

Red Schoendienst        .289

Nellie Fox                    .288

Bobby Doerr               .288

Ryne Sandberg            .285

Craig Biggio                 .281

Joe Morgan                  .271

Bid McPhee                 .271

Johnny Evers                .270

Joe Gordon                  .268

Bill Mazeroski              .260

 

            Runs

 

Craig Biggio                 1844

Eddie Collins                1821

Charlie Gehringer          1774

Bid McPhee                 1678

Joe Morgan                  1650

Rogers Hornsby           1579

Frankie Frisch              1532

Nap Lajoie                  1504
Jeff Kent                    1320

Ryne Sandberg            1318

Nellie Fox                    1279

Red Schoendienst         1223

Billy Herman                 1163

Bobby Doerr                1094

Tony Lazzeri                   986

Jackie Robinson             947

Johnny Evers                  919

Joe Gordon                    914

Bill Mazeroski                769

 

Games

 

Craig Biggio                 2850

Eddie Collins                2826

Joe Morgan                  2649

Nap Lajoie                   2480

Nellie Fox                    2367

Charlie Gehringer          2323

Frankie Frisch              2311
Jeff Kent                    2298

Rogers Hornsby           2259

Red Schoendienst         2216

Ryne Sandberg            2164

Bill Mazeroski              2163

Bid McPhee                 2135

Billy Herman                1922

Bobby Doerr                1865

Johnny Evers                1784

Tony Lazzeri                 1740

Joe Gordon                  1566

Jackie Robinson           1382

 

  On Base Percentage

 

Rogers Hornsby           .434

Eddie Collins                .424

Jackie Robinson           .409

Charlie Gehringer          .404

Joe Morgan                  .392

Nap Lajoie                   .380

Tony Lazzeri                 .380

Frankie Frisch              .369

Billy Herman                 .367

Craig Biggio                 .363

Bobby Doerr                .362

Joe Gordon                  .357

Jeff Kent                    .356

Johnny Evers                .356

Bid McPhee                 .355

Nellie Fox                    .348

Ryne Sandberg             .344

Red Schoendienst         .337

Bill Mazeroski              .299

 

             RBIs

 

Nap Lajoie                   1599

Rogers Hornsby           1584

Jeff Kent                    1518

Charlie Gehringer         1427

Eddie Collins                1300

Bobby Doerr                1247

Frankie Frisch              1244

Tony Lazzeri                 1191

Craig Biggio                 1175

Bid McPhee                 1067

Joe Morgan                  1133

Ryne Sandberg             1061

Joe Gordon                    975

Bill Mazeroski                853

Billy Herman                   839

Nellie Fox                      790

Red Schoendienst           773

Jackie Robinson             734

Johnny Evers                  538

 

At Bats

 

Craig Biggio                 10876

Eddie Collins                  9949

Nap Lajoie                     9589

Joe Morgan                    9277

Nellie Fox                      9232

Frankie Frisch                9112

Charlie Gehringer            8860
Jeff Kent                      8498

Red Schoendienst           8479

Ryne Sandberg               8385

Bid McPhee                   8291

Rogers Hornsby             8173

Bill Mazeroski                7755

Billy Herman                   7707

Bobby Doerr                  7093

Tony Lazzeri                   6297

Johnny Evers                  6137

Joe Gordon                    5707

Jackie Robinson             4877

 

      Home Runs

 

Jeff Kent                    377

Rogers Hornsby           301

Craig Biggio                 291

Ryne Sandberg             282

Joe Morgan                  268

Joe Gordon                  253

Bobby Doerr                223

Charlie Gehringer          184

Tony Lazzeri                 178

Bill Mazeroski              138

Jackie Robinson           137

Frankie Frisch              105

Red Schoendienst           84

Nap Lajoie                     83

Bid McPhee                   53

Billy Herman                   47

Eddie Collins                  47

Nellie Fox                      35

Johnny Evers                  12

 

             Hits

 

Eddie Collins                3315

Nap Lajoie                   3242

Craig Biggio                 3060

Rogers Hornsby           2930

Frankie Frisch              2880

Charlie Gehringer          2839

Nellie Fox                    2663

Joe Morgan                  2517
Jeff Kent                    2461

Red Schoendienst         2449

Ryne Sandberg             2386

Billy Herman                 2345

Bid McPhee                 2250

Bobby Doerr                2042

Bill Mazeroski              2016

Tony Lazzeri                 1840

Johnny Evers                1659

Joe Gordon                  1530

Jackie Robinson           1518

 

          Slugging

 

Rogers Hornsby           .577

Jeff Kent                    .500

Charlie Gehringer          .480

Jackie Robinson           .474

Nap Lajoie                   .467

Tony Lazzeri                 .467

Joe Gordon                  .466

Bobby Doerr                .461

Ryne Sandberg             .452

Craig Biggio                 .433

Frankie Frisch              .432

Eddie Collins                .429

Joe Morgan                  .427

Billy Herman                 .407

Red Schoendienst         .387

Bid McPhee                 .372

Bill Mazeroski              .367

Nellie Fox                    .363

Johnny Evers                .334

 

The fielding stats are for time at second base only.  With the exception of Bobby Doerr, every player on the list played at some other position than second base sometime during their career, with Jackie Robinson playing nearly as much at a variety of other positions than second, and Craig Biggio putting in appreciable time as a catcher and outfielder.  However, only time at second base is shown below:

         Put Outs

 

Bid McPhee                 6545

Eddie Collins                6526

Nellie Fox                    6090

Joe Morgan                  5742

Nap Lajoie                   5496

Charlie Gehringer          5369

Bill Mazeroski              4974

Bobby Doerr                4928

Billy Herman                 4780

Red Schoendienst         4616

Frankie Frisch              4348
Jeff Kent                    4015

Craig Biggio                 3992

Ryne Sandberg            3807

Johnny Evers                3758

Joe Gordon                  3600

Tony Lazzeri                 3351

Rogers Hornsby           3206

Jackie Robinson           1877

 

     Double Plays

 

Bill Mazeroski              1706

Nellie Fox                    1619

Bobby Doerr                1507

Joe Morgan                  1505

Charlie Gehringer          1444

Red Schoendienst         1368
Jeff Kent                    1262

Eddie Collins                1215

Bid McPhee                 1186

Billy Herman                 1177

Joe Gordon                  1160

Ryne Sandberg             1158

Craig Biggio                 1152

Frankie Frisch              1062

Nap Lajoie                   1050

Rogers Hornsby             893

Tony Lazzeri                   808

Johnny Evers                  688

Jackie Robinson             607

         Assists

 

Eddie Collins                7630

Charlie Gehringer          7068

Joe Morgan                  6967

Bid McPhee                 6905

Bill Mazeroski              6685

Nellie Fox                    6373

Ryne Sandberg             6363

Nap Lajoie                   6262

Frankie Frisch              6026

Bobby Doerr                5710

Billy Herman                 5681
Jeff Kent                    5575

Craig Biggio                 5450

Red Schoendienst        5243

Rogers Hornsby           5166

Johnny Evers                5124

Joe Gordon                  4706

Tony Lazzeri                 4445

Jackie Robinson           2047

 

        Errors

 

Jackie Robinson             68

Ryne Sandberg            109

Craig Biggio                 156

Red Schoendienst        170

Jeff Kent                    194

Bill Mazeroski              204

Nellie Fox                    209

Bobby Doerr               214

Joe Morgan                 244

Joe Gordon                 260

Tony Lazzeri                263

Frankie Frisch              280

Rogers Hornsby           307

Charlie Gehringer         309

Billy Herman                354

Johnny Evers                423

Eddie Collins                435

Nap Lajoie                   451

Bid McPhee                 791

 

 Fielding Percentage

 

Ryne Sandberg            .989

Nellie Fox                    .984

Craig Biggio                 .984

Red Schoendienst         .983

Bill Mazeroski              .983

Jackie Robinson           .983

Joe Morgan                  .981

Jeff Kent                    .980

Bobby Doerr                .980

Charlie Gehringer          .976

Frankie Frisch              .974

Joe Gordon                  .971

Eddie Collins                .970

Tony Lazzeri                 .967

Billy Herman                 .967

Rogers Hornsby           .965

Nap Lajoie                   .963

Johnny Evers                .955

Bid McPhee                 .944

 

This comparison brought to you by Bill Lee, The Baseball Undertaker (http://www.baseballundertaker.com), with numbers taken from http://www.baseball-reference.com and http://www.baseball-almanac.com.