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The Hall of Fame Vote Review Continues
by Asher B. Chancey, Baseball Evolution
January 27, 2006

Eppa Rixey

On the topic of Eppa Rixey, I may have to accuse Keith of using certain statistics only when they convenience him. Keith states that “Rixey posted ERAs of 2.39, 1.85, and 2.27 before missing a year and a half due to World War I.” Yeah, but . . . Are we going to gloss over the fact that in those season, his ERA with respect to the league was 15, 43, and 24 percent better, respectively? I mean, these are good, but come on!

Then, Keith states, “Eppa's main claim to the Hall of Fame is that he likely would have notched 300 Wins had he not gone to war, and he would have certainly ranked in the top 15 all-time in innings pitched.” Well, what would those two things have gotten him in your eyes, Keith? I didn’t see you voting for Early Wynn or Don Sutton, and both of them have 300 wins, and Sutton is 7th all time in innings pitched.

Rixey had a winning percentage of .515 and a career ERA 15% better than the league. Scott and I each gave Robin Roberts two points, while Keith gave him zero, and I think they are very similar. In retrospect, it may be that Scott and I gave Roberts too much credit and Rixey too little, and vice versa for Keith.

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