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Class of 2052 (1980): Wagner, Thompson, Ventura

With this class inducted, the most indicative stat for HOF induction is RBI. The top 33 career RBI men are now either in the HOF or yet to become eligible. RBI is a stat that plays into all 4 metrics. It is a team dependent stat, but players benefit in the HOFm metric by team success and play-off/ WS appearances. I found it interesting that this "discredited" (in the minds of some) is currently a better indicator of HOF induction than the more detailed WAR and VORP.

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It is hard to live up to the billing of being the next Honus Wagner.....even if you are, in fact, the latest incarnation of Honus Wagner.

Wagner was selected by the Red Sox when they used their first overall pick in 2024 to select him. Wagner is a definite HOFer, but he had to wait a year. I guess the voters were just expecting more from him.

Wagner produced, without a doubt, but injuries limited many of his yearly outputs. In spite of those injuries, Wagner was still named to 8 AS teams in his 21 year career.

After 6 years in Boston, he signed a mammoth 6 year deal with Washington. As a National, in 2036, Wagner played in all 158 games. He hit a career high 31 HRs and drove in a career high 113 runs and scored a career high 122. He slashed 342/416/510 to give himself a npa OPS+ of of 156. This was good enough to bring MVP hardware to his mantle.

For his career, Wagner collected 2794 hits (24th), 540 doubles (40th, 2 behind Vada Pinson and Ted Easterly), 301 HRs, 1335 RBI (96th) and scored 1581 times (26th, one more than Charlie Keller). Wagner also swiped 697 career bases (12th), leading the league 3 times. His career slash line of 311/381/485 gives him a career npa OPS+ of 136. His batting average is 33rd best, All Time.

Wagner enters by virtue of his HOFs number being one of the highest in league history. Only Ty Cobb and Willie McCovey have hgher numbers in that category.

Wagner is the 31st RL HOFer enshrined, the 37th player inducted into both OOTP HOF, and the 12th RL HOFer to be enshrined in both.

Wagner played in many post seasons, one WS, but retired ringless.

Black Ink: 12 (109)
Gray Ink: 100 (367)
HOFm: 139.5 (316)
HOFs: 74 (75)

Gorilla Composite: 3.6 (10.2)

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One of the thousands of cool things about having your own baseball universes is finding guys that the software seems to treat kindly, regularly. I had no idea who Bill DeLancey was before I started doing these HOF posts, now I will remember him forever.

Hank Thompson has become an OOTP favorite of mine, when using recalc. He is a stud. He may start out slow, but stick with him, when July comes around, he will become a monster. Unlike DeLancey, Hank Thompson doesn't enter the HOF after careful reflection by the veterans committee. He puts up numbers that demand entry. He becomes the 38th player to be inducted into this HOF and the previous one.

In his 22 years, including partial seasons, Thompson never hit .300 in a season...heck, even Bill Delancey had ONE .300 season. Thompson doesn't get in for being a pesky slappy, he powers his way in.

Taken with the 12th selection of the 2021 draft, by the Mets, Thompson clubbed 671 HRs (12th) in his career. He drove in 1918 (10th) and scored 1705 times (12th). He got on base via base hit 2663 (t-38th, Norm Cash) times and walked an additional 1420 times (19th).

In each of his 22 seasons, even playing at the age of 42, he had a npa OPS+ over 100.

A 9 time All Star, Thompson won a GG at 2B in a career that that brought him 2 WS appearances, but no WS rings.

Thompson posted a career slash line of 264/359/506 for a npa OPS+ of 136.

Hank Thompson enters the HOF with HOFm and HOFs numbers above the Hall averages.

Black Ink: 11
Gray Ink: 126
HOFm: 167
HOFs: 58

Gorilla Composite: 3.5

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Robin Ventura enters the Hall of Fame with the nick name "Pretty Boy" because, apparently learning from a past life experience, he never charged a pitching mound in his career.

Ventura was the 16th player selected in the 2019 draft (Marlins). He played through the 2037 season and collected 2447 hit(66th, 1 fewer than Beals Becker), of which 438 were HRs (79th).

In 2023 he had a career year posting career bests in all slash categories (324/423/595, npa OPS+ 181) hitting a career high 39 HRs (equaled in 2024) and driving in 116 and walking 102 times to win the league MVP.

With three HOF inductees this year, none of them, including Ventura, won a WS in his career. When you have 36 teams in a league, it makes it harder....

Ventura posted a career slash line of 266/355/460 for a npa OPS+ of 123.

Ventura drove in 1496 runs (57th, 1 more than Dusty Baker)and scored 1371 times (t-71st, Clyde Milan). He played in 3 ASGs and picked up 2 GGs at 3B.

Ventura enters the HOF on the basis of his HOFs number being above the Hall Average.

Black Ink: 6
Gray Ink: 67
HOFm: 84.5
HOFs: 51

Gorilla Composite: 2.3

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Class of 2053 (1981): Bell, Coveleski

I am looking forward to OOTP 14. In v 14, I will be using a distribution algorithm of player for the HOF that is not tied to corresponding years, as I have been. The pitcher/hitter ration will have the same expected ratio, but there will be a random element that will cause some deviation. Also, I came up with a method to factor in First Ballot selections within the algorithm's framework. So, no more will there be a player getting in on the First Ballot standard who is not in his first year of eligibility. There will be players who do not get a FBS who will get in on their First Ballot, just as it has been happening. Larry Andersen is the most recent example, here.

I am geeked about this, however, I will complete this league's HOF before starting in on 14. I am completing this one, in large part, because I want to see who manages to get in to all three HOF.

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Buddy Bell becomes the 39th player to be inducted into both OOTP HOF.

Bell was selected by the Blue Jays with the 12th overall pick in 2015. Famous for his RL glove work, Buddy won 7 GGs at 3B, here. He also appeared in 2 AS games.

When Bell retired, following the 2037 season, he was the All Time leader in G and AB (3045 and 11636). He enters the HOF 4th and 3rd, respectively, in those categories.

Bell collected 3256 hits in his career(10th, 6 ahead of Rod Carew). 642 of them were doubles (15th, 2 behind Carew and 3 ahead of Al Oliver)and 380 were HRs. Bell scored 1574 runs (28th, 2 ahead of Duke Snider) and drove in 1544 (50th). He retired with a career slash line of 280/338/442 for a npa OPS+ of 113 (compare to RL OPS+ of 109).

Bell's best season came in 2025 when he had career highs in hits (205), HRs (34), and runs (117). He had career highs in all slash stats as he put together a 321/375/545 campaign that netted him a npa OPS+ of 150.

Bell left Toronto for Houston, as a Free Agent. He then took a 3 year offer from Jacksonville, only to be traded to Oakland in June of his first season with the Tribunes. He played out that contract in Oakland.

His production had dropped off in Oakland, and he wound up taking a 1 year $850,000 from the fledgling Indianapolis Sea Gulls for the 2033 season. They were in their 5th year of existence. Buddy put together a solid season, and gave veteran presence to the Gulls and he helped carry them to WS victory. Buddy hit .400 that post season and had an OPS of 1.271.

Bell is the first player from that squad to be inducted into the HOF. He will not be the last.

Bell enters, at the age of 56, by virtue of his HOFs number being above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 7 (2)
Gray Ink: 87 (33)
HOFm: 129.5 (67)
HOFs: 55 (30)

Gorilla Composite: 2.8 (1.4)

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Stan Coveleski is the 32nd RL HOFer to be enshrined in the latest refurbished tractor shed. He had a bit of a wait. 54 years after his 1999 retirement, Coveleski gave his acceptance speech at the age of 91.

Taken by the Dodgers with the 17th selection overall in the 1982 draft, Covaleski wound up being named to 6 AS teams and also won a GG. Coveleski twice won 20 games in a season, and twice won the Cy Young Award, but neither 20 game win season land him CYA hardware. One of those seasons he won 23.

Not a big K guy, Coveleski struck out 2105 men in 3677 1/3 IP. He walked 1085 in his career.

His career record is 227-173 and an OOTP ERA of 3.37 (npa ERA+ 126).

He pitched in 2 post seasons, 1 WS, but no rings were to be his.

Coveleski enters with a Gray Ink total higher than the HOF average. His sim distribution compared to RL across the metrics in use here is uncanny.

Black Ink: 28 (22)
Gray Ink: 188 (193)
HOFm: 101.4 (109)
HOFs: 38 (38)

Gorilla Composite: 3.0

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Class of 2054 (1982): Jackson, Cey, Jones

There have been a lot of Jacksons that have played MLB. Danny, Roy Lee, Bo, Shoeless Joe....but there is one, and only one, Reginald Martinez Jackson.

Selected by the Braves with the 4 th overall pick in 2029, a 20 year-old Reggie blasted 51 HRs, drove in 130, drew what would be a career high 102 walks, scored a career high 12 runs, and slashed 316/428/649 for a npa OPS+ of 193 and Rookie of the Year honors.

Jackson hit at over 50 HRs in each of his first 6 season. He lost most of his 7th and 8th seasons to injuries. In his 7th full season, hit 59 HRs.

3 times he led the league in HRs, including MVP seasons in 2032 and 2034.

2034 was probably his finest season. He posted career highs in all slash stats (334/442/740) as he posted a career high npa OPS+ of 228. He hit 53 HRs that year. He hit 60 HRs in 2031, but did not lead the league, that season.

Jackson enters the Hall with the 3rd most HRs in league history, 743. All of the top 5 players are now in the HOF (McCovey, Pujols, Jackson, McGwire, Norm Cash). 2 others have reached 700, but have yet to become eligible.

Jackson's career .6114 slg% rankd 5th All Time. He ranks 7th on the career OPS list. His career slash line of 286/385/611 gives him an elite nap OPS+ of 167.

Jackson cracked 2351 hits (95th) and drove in 1839 career RBI (13th, sandwiched between Ernie Banks and George Brett). He scored 1629 times (17th, sandwiched between Keith Hernandez and Carl Yastrzemski). The RL All Time strikeout leader, he fanned 2175 times, here, 15th most. His 1218 BBs place him 5th on that list. Jackson also stole 150 career bases.

Mr October appeared in 6 post seasons. He hit 11 HRs in 31 post season games, but never made it to a World Series.

An 8 time All Star and twice a GG winner, Reggie Jackson enters on the First Ballot Standard in his first year of eligibility. Reggie is the 33rd RL HOFer to be inducted, here.

Black Ink: 20 (35)
Gray Ink: 189 (175)
HOFm: 267.5 (170)
HOFs: 64 (54)

Gorilla Composite: 5.1 (4.7)

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The Penguin joins the shrine in the converted tractor shed by virtue of hitting the same number of home runs as Babe Ruth, 499 (t-50th).

Cey's career is notable in that he was the starting third baseman for the St Louis Cardinal teams of 2027-2029 that won back-to-back-to-back World Series. Cey joines the other half of that left side of the infield, Troy Tulowitski, in the HOF. Walter Johnson and George Sisler were also members on some, but not all, of those teams.

A 6 time All Star, Cey won 4 straignt GGs at 3B from 2028-2031. He added another in 2034.

Cey collected 2321 career hits and drove in 1517 runs (56th). Not known for possessing any speed, he never scored 100 runs in a season, but did manage to cross the plate 1287 times (96th).

Cey had a career slash line of 262/345/478 for a career npa OPS+ of 125 (compare to RL 261/354/445, OPS+ 121).

Cey was selected by the Cardinals with the 6th pick in the 2024 draft. He last played in the ML in 2043, but did not retire until after the 2044 season, not given the opportnity to hit HR number 500.

Ron Cey enters the HOF by virtue of his HOFs number being above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 4 (0)
Gray Ink: 59 (80)
HOFm: 114.5 (36)
HOFs: 52 (29)

Gorilla Composite: 2.4 (1.4)

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Chipper Jones was taken by the Pirates with the third pick in the 2025 draft.

In 2026 he batted .324 with 29 HRs in 126 games and was awarded the Rookie of the Year trophy.

Jones battled injuries during most of his 21 ML seasons. He still managed to post 2502 career hits (60th), 459 HRs (74th, 3 behind Steve Garvey), 1453 RBI (70th) and score 1368 times (78th, 3 behind Clyde Milan and Robin Ventura, 2 ahead of Mike Piazza). A career slash line of 275/359/486 gives him a npa OPS+ of 130.

A 6 time All Star, Jones played in 2 post seasons, but never made a WS appearance.

Jones enters with a HOFs number above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 1 (4)
Gray Ink: 49 (107)
HOFm: 79.5 (180)
HOFs: 53 (70)

Gorilla Composite: 2.0 (3.5)

Using the standards of this HOF and applying them to his RL career, Chipper Jones should be inducted into the RL HOF.

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Class of 2055 (1983): Mize, Perring, Casey

Johnny Mize was the final inductee in the previous HOF, getting in on his first ballot before the world came to an end. Here, he gave himself a bit of breathing room. He does not get in on the FBS, or in his first year of eligibility, but he does become the 34th RL HOFer inducted, here. He is the 40th player to be inducted into this Hall and the previous one. He is the 13th RL HOFer to be inducted into both OOTP HOF.

Mize was drafted 12th overall in 2020 by the White Sox. He did not sign with them and was drafted 30th overall in 2011 by the Dodgers, with whom he signed.

Mize played with the Dodgers through the 2036 season. He holds Dodger club records for career OBP (.381), OPS (.955), VORP (703.2), runs (1057), TB (3505), HR (423), and RBI (1174). Mize spent 2 seasons each with the Pirates, Angels, and Columbus Ions before retiring in 2042.

Mize was named to 6 AS teams and won 3 GGs. Two of them were in RF and 1 was at 1B.

For his career he collected 2392 hits (86th), 546 of which were HRs (38th, 1 more than Adam Dunn, 2 behind Joey Votto). He drove in 1555 runs (48th, 2 ahead of Bill Melton, 5 behind Keith Hernandez) and scored 1362 (85th, 1 behind Vic Saier). He also hit 470 doubles ( 3-way t for 82nd, 1 more than Gavvy Cravath) and had a career slash line of 295/378/563 for a npa OPS+ of 156 (compare to RL OPS+ 158).

Mize ranks 36th All Time in slg% and 37th in OPS.

In 2025 he hit 35 HRs in 127 games while slashing 336/432/657 for a npa OPS+ of 198, and an MVP.

Mize appeared in 6 post seasons, but never in a WS.

Mize enters the HOF with a HOFs number above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 14 (50)
Gray Ink: 108 (202)
HOFm: 145 (175)
HOFs: 52 (47)

Gorilla Composite: 3.3 (5.3)

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George Perring was selected by the Mariners with the 16th pick in the 1998 draft. He retired in 2021, but saw his last big league action in 2018. He wanted to stick around for a crack at 3000 hits, but he ended up with 2898 (20th). No eligible player has more career hits than Perring. Interestingly, there is no player with more hits than Perring who does not have 3000.

When Perring retired, his 652 were the most in league history. As he enters the Hall, at the age of 78, he is tied for 12th on the All Time doubles list.

Perring was a bubble inductee, but came up just short the times he was previously screened. In 2055, he gets in on the Veteran Standard.

Perring went to 5 post seasons. In 2007 he hit .343 in the post season, but his Phillies lost in 6 to the Indians.

2007 was perhaps his finest season. He hit a career high average of .324 and slugged a career high .475 posting career bests in hits (219) and HRs (17).

For his career, Perring slashed 268/338/392 for a npa OPS+ of 97. He stole 143 bases and scored 1473 times (51st) and hit 186 HRs.

What these numbers do not show is that Perring was an Iron Man. From 2004-2009 he played in each and every one of his team's games. 8 times he led the league in games played.

With only 1 All Star game on his resume, Perring is not the shooting star entry we have seen so often, here. But half of life is showing up. In this high injury simulation environment, showing up means something. And the writers thought he was a good guy.....

Black Ink: 11
Gray Ink: 53
HOFm: 84
HOFs: 49

Gorilla Composite: 2.4

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Dan Casey was "mighty", all right. Big on the strikeout, he fanned 3988 batters (7th) in his career. Mighty Casey also struck out a lot, himself, so to speak...Casey enters the HOF as the losingest pitcher in league history with 235 defeats.

He did win 246 games, 16th most in league history.

Casey was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2022 draft by the Rockies.

Having left the Rockies for a year contract the year before, Casey signed a 4 year deal with the Braves prior to the 2031 season. He made the Atlanta GM look brilliant as he posted an 18-5 mark in the regular season. Not only were the 18 wins a career high, the 5 losses were the fewest he ever had in his career. His OOTP ERA of 2.51 translated to career best npa ERA+ of 168 and earned him Cy Young honors.

Casey posted a career OOTP ERA of 4.04 for a npa ERA+ of 106.

His 4838 2/3 IP is 6th most in league history. All pitchers with more (Walter Johnson, Cain, Carlton, Haren, Mullane) are already in the HOF.

Casey enters by virtue of his Gray Ink number being above the Hall average.

Casey is the 41st player to be inducted into both OOTP HOF.

Black Ink: 9
Gray Ink: 171
HOFm: 96
HOFs: 34

Gorilla Composite: 2.3

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I forgot to mention something about the Mize induction that is noteworthy. Johnny Mize is the first entrant to have all of his 9 most similar players to be in the Hall at the time of his induction. There are others who have 8 of 9 and the ninth will get in when eligible, but Mize is the first to have all already in. The CG has dipped to a 3.7 mean and the median has dipped to 3.4. The players becoming eligible now have played their entire careers in a 36 team environment. So, with the entrants being tied to the actual HOF, those getting in here are fighting with more players for the Ink points, and to a lesser degree for the HOFm points tied to WS appearances.

Since Will Clark's entry (plot 123), there has not been a single player of the next 17 (actually 19, I have the next two ready to post) that has had a Black Ink score above the Hall average. Reggie Jackson was close, and he did get in on the FBS because his Gray Ink number took his combined Ink score above that average (as well as the HOFm/s combined score being above the Hall average.

This dynamic is what brought George Perring in. He was a borderline inductee with his HOFs score, but that score is what the majority of entrants have been using to get in, of late. With that being the case, the HOFs average had been trending upward, and away from Perring's. However, the Ink numbers have been trending downward, and Perring's Ink composite was good enough to get in on the Veteran Standard as it dipped downward. I did not think Perring would get in, and I did not see him getting in this way, but that is how it worked out for him.

In the previous league, I had players with 3000 hits not get in, due to the low injury setting. This is not happening here. Right now there are 2 players with 2700 hits who are eligible, but not enshrined. Both of those will be getting in. In the 2600s is where it appears that the player with the most hits who doesn't get in will come from.

With the Ink numbers being so scarce, a player that puts together 2 dominant seasons (read Triple Crown seasons) will get in if he plays the requisite 10 seasons. I mention this because there is a current player who just won his second consecutive Triple Crown and third MVP in only three seasons of play. IRL this player did not play 10 seasons. If he suffers a CEI before he gets 10 years in, I will make note of him. Oh, and btw, in this past season, not only did he win the triple crown, he also led the league in SBs, pulling the Ty Cobb Triple Crown Plus One.

The chart shows the recent downward trend in the plots due to the scarcity of points in a 36 team environment. That the players are scoring lower does not mean they were less valuable than in the previous league, it simply means that in this league, the numbers are harder to come by. But, since the HOF picks are based on relative performance to this league and not an arbitrary standard based on any other league, Real or OOTP, the model functions as it is intended.

ADD: Mize's most similar players are Fred McGriff, Boog Powell, Albert Belle, Adrian Gonzalez, Will Clark, Lance Berkman, Joey Votto, Beals Becker and Dick Allen...in that order.
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Class of 2056 (1984), Part 1: Monday, Delahanty

3 hitters and 1 pitcher enter this year.

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Rick Monday was selected by the Padres with the the 4th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He retired following the 2039 season.

In his career he collected 2435 hits (78th) and 492 HRs (59th, 2 ahead of Don Mincher). He drove in 1505 runs (6oth) and scored 1392 times (73rd, 3 ahead of Pablo Sandoval). A seven time All-Star, he posted a career slash line of 282/365/515 for a npa OPS+ of 141.

In 2039, 7 HRs shy of 500, he signed a minor league deal with the Orioles, in May. He only got a chance to bat once. He hit a HR. THAT translates to a npa OPS of 1156!

The 2039 Orioles also won the World Series. Though he did not appear in the Series, the team voted him the player's share and he received a ring.

ADD: HOFer Rusty Staub was also on that Oriole Championship team.

For why Rick Monday is in my personal HOF, see picture below.

Monday won a GG in CF and enters the Hall with a HOFs number above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 1
Gray Ink: 84
HOFm: 91
HOFs: 58

Gorilla Composite: 2.4

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While I had spotted Monday as being a probably HOFer, Jim Delahanty I did not. This was a surprise entry, for me.

Delahanty was the 15th pick in the 2030 draft and went to play for the Rockies. In a career that spanned through the 2049 season, Delahanty collected 2776 hits (29th, 5 more than Dave Parker), 604 of which were doubles (23rd, 2 ahead of Pete Rose). He stole 467 bases (45th, 4 ahead of Buck Ewing) and scored 1582 times (27th, 1 ahead of Honus Wagner).

A 3 time All Star, Delahanty played the majority of his career as a second baseman and slashed 298/369/432 for a npa OPS+ of 119. 9 times he scored at least 100 runs and 3 times he collected 200 hits in a season.

Delahanty appeared in 2 post seasons and 2 WS, but did not get a ring.

Delahanty also enters with a HOFs number above the Hall average.

Black Ink: 13
Gray Ink: 94
HOFm: 115.5
HOFs: 57

Gorilla Composite: 3.1
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Class of 2056 (1984), Part 2: Gonzalez, Nichols

At the age of 79, Juan Gonzalez gets the call from the Hall. He joins Adrian Gonzalez as the first two hitters to be enshrined with the same last name. Alberte Belle and Buddy Bell do not count (I like Buddy too much to do that to him).

The Gonzalezez join the Martinezez and Walshezez as the third shared surname pairs to be enshrined.

Juan Gon was selected by the Twins with the 10th overall selection of the 1994 draft. He failed to sign and was drafted with the second pick in 1995 by the Giants.

In 1996, as a 19 year-old rookie, Gonzalez burst on the scene by smashing 53 HRs and driving in what would be a career high of 152 RBI while slashing 316/370/660 for a npa OPS+ 170 and a Rookie of the Year Award.

In 15 ML seasons, Gonzalez played in 162 games only twice. The most games he played in when he didn't play 162 was 137. In half of his seasons, he played in 107 games or less. When he played, he was a monster. For his career he averaged 49 HRs per 162 games played.

In 1999, he had one of the best seasons, ever. In 1999 he set the single season record for HRs (broken by Willie McCovey 10 years later) by hitting 83 HRs...in only 136 games. His slash line of 335/404/852 made for a npa OPS+ of 225. This season netted Gonzalez the MVP.

4 times Gonzalez was named an All Star. He hit 498 career HRs (55th, 1 behind Babe Ruth and Ron Cey) in 6095 ABs. He has a career slash line of 287/337/592 for a npa OPS+ of 147.

5 times he hit 50 HRs in a season. He retires with 1749 hits and 1332 RBI.

Juan Gonzalez enters the HOF on the Veteran Standard.

Black Ink: 20 (17)
Gray Ink: 87 (105)
HOFm: 141 (123)
HOFs: 36 (40)

Gorilla Composite: 3.0 (3.0)

Using the standards here and applying them to his real life record, and not taking any non performance issues (or performance enhancing issues) into account, Juan Gonzalez should not be inducted into the RL HOF. (The metrics are similar here and for his RL record, but I have not calculated what the equivalent Veteran Standard would be for RL, and it is the VS upon which Gonzalez enters, here).

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Kid Nichols is currently the 11th ranked pitcher on BBREF's Elo meter. He was in the top 10 yesterday when I was placing a few votes....talk about a potential time sucker that thing is...I love it.

Here Nichols was chosen with the top pick in the 2023 draft by the Rockies. He did not sign with them and was chosen by the Royals with the fifth pick the following year. He chose not to sign with them, either, and was picked by the Angels with the 10th pick in 2025.

As a 21 year-old rookie, he went 15-10 and had an OOTP ERA of 3.45 (npa ERA+ 122). He struck out 270 batters in 240 IP while walking only 42.

In 2029 he posted an incredible 32-2 record as he earned the Cy Young Award. His OOTP ERA of 2.59 was a npa ERA+ of 168.

For his career he posted a record of 236-160 and an OOTP ERA of 3.40 (npa ERA+ 128). He is tied for 21st on the career win list, 1 ahead of Mike Mussina. He struck out 3804 men (10th, no eligible player has more Ks and is not in the HOF) in 3678 1/3 IP (22nd, 1 more IP than Stan Coveleski).

In three post seasons, Nichols was 3-1 and struck out 51 batters in 49 IP. He went to won WS but came up short on the title chase.

Nichols enters the HOF with Black Ink and Gray Ink numbers above the current Hall averages.

Kid Nichols is the 35th RL HOFer to be inducted, here. He retired in 2042 and enters the Hall at age 51.

Black Ink: 39 (35)
Gray Ink: 235 (309)
HOFm: 137 (228)
HOFs: 49 (69)

Gorilla Composite: 3.9 (5.1)
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Class of 2057 (1985), Part 1: Hornsby, Ramirez

In league news, the player mentioned previously as having won two consecutive Triple Crowns, won his third consecutive Triple Crown. It was also the second year in a row that he led the league in stolen bases. In 4 ML seasons, he has 4 MVPs. He can go 0-for-the next 6 seasons and be a HOFer. Should he suffer a CEI before logging 10 seasons, I will make note of his career. This player did not play 10 ML RL seasons, nor was he inducted in the previous HOF.

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I was beginning to wonder if I needed to change the "Once in a Generation" label for a plaer with a GC score over 10 to "Once in a Lifetime" because only Willie McCovey had topped a 10 on the GC scale. That is, until, now. As things are shaping up, it looks like the "Once in a Generation" tag will be about right.

Rogers Hornsby enters with the highest Gorilla Composite in league history. I have been attempting to abbreviate these entries, but with Hornsby it is difficult.

Hornsby was the first pick overall in the 2026 draft. As an 18 year-old rookie, he batted .349 with 26 HRs in 108 games. He did not win Rookie of the year. About the only thing he didn't do in his 23 year career.

What he did do is win the MVP....7 times.
He went to the All Star Game....15 times.

Both of these are totals that are the most of any HOF inductee.

He also, surprisingly won 5 GGs...they all came at 1B.

In fact, he enters as a 1Bman, having logged 1100* games there. He put in over 800 games at both SS and 2B, as well.

Hornsby retired as the All Time leader in hits with 3968. He enters the HOF second on the hit list.

He is the All Time leader in VORP (1489.6), runs (2246), and TB (6992).

Hornsby won the batting title each year between 2028 and 2032. He won two more, after that for a career total of 7 batting crowns.

In 2032 he had a career high 247 hits, cracked 46 HRs, drove in 159, and scored 148 while slashing 373/426/644 (npa OPS+ 191) as he won one of hos 7 MVPs, one of his 5 GGs, and led the Texas Rangers to a World Series victory. This was his only championship. No other player from this squad has been inducted into the HOF.

Perhaps his finest season came in 2030. In 141 games he batted a career high .388, hit career high 70 HRs, and drove in a career high 182 runs to win his first of two Triple Crowns. He also posted a career high slg% of .835 and a career high npa OP+ of 250 (!!!).

Hornsby hit 700 HRs in his career (7th, 5 ahead of John Mayberry Sr) in 12137 ABs (2nd) in 3088 games (3rd). He hit 742 doubles (6th) and 91 triples (t-24th, 2 behind Jeff Blauser). He collected 2364 RBI (2nd) and also stole 147 bases. His career slash line of 327/402/576 (7th/ t-23rd, Mickey Mantle/21st) gives him a beastly npa OPS+ of 168. He ranks 13th on the All Time OPS list.

Hornsby enters on the First Ballot Standard in his first year of eligibility.

Hornsby is the 36th RL HOFer inducted. He is the 42nd player to be inducted into both OOTP HOF, and the 14th RL HOFer in both.

Black Ink: 110 (125)
Gray Ink: 270 (329)
HOFm: 637.5 (350)
HOFs: 76 (76)

Gorilla Composite: 11.7 (10.8)

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Aramis may not be the first Ramirez that pops to mind when considering potential HOF candidates, but he is the first Ramirez to be inducted.

Aramis Ramirez was taken by the Dodgers with the 23rd pick in the 2027 draft. He played through the 2049 seasons and retired following the 2050 season in January of 2051.

Aramis was given a FBS, but did not enter vis that standard. He does enter on the Standard Standard in his first year of eligibility, and so he is an official First Ballot inductee.

Ramirez was a blue collar guy who showed up to play games (7 times sharing the league lead in G) and hit HRs, 571 of them (36th). A 4 time All Star, Ramirez hit 30+ HRs 9 times. In 2038 he hit a career high 55 and and a career high (matched in 2041) 146 RBI while slashing 301/349/631 for a career high npa OPS+ of 159 as a member of the Dallas Burn.

For his career, Aramis hit 517 doubles (50th, 1 behind Jimmy Walsh) as he collected 2860 base hits (23rd, sandwiched between George Perring and Steve Evans). He drove in 1751 runs (27th, 3 more than Billy Williams) and crossed the plate 1518 times (44th, 1 ahead of Beals Becker). His career slash line of 279/333/502 makes for a npa OPS+ of 126.

Ramirez appeared in 4 post seasons, but never won a title. Not surprisingly, he never won a GG, either.

Ramirez enters the Hall with HOFm/s numbers both above the Hall averages.

Black Ink: 7
Gray Ink: 110
HOFm: 166
HOFs: 58

Gorilla Composite: 3.3

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Class of 2057 (1985), Part 2: Hebner, Yellow Horse

With the entrants of the current class, there are now 102 batters in the HOF. I have been making note of positions on various leaderboards for entrants. A top 100 slotting is noteworthy considering that there are more than 100 hitters. I have been making note of adjacent players (not always) who are in the HOF just to add a bit of perspective, and also to refresh my own recollection of what previous inductees posted.

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At the age of 67, Richie Hebner (a HUGE personal favorite of mine) gets the call from the Hall. The selection committee ignored him since he retired in 2031 and became eligible in 2037. If I slanted the process for the HOF induction, Hebner would have been entered a looooong time ago. Welcome to the Tractor Shed!

Richie Hebner was selected as the 2nd overall pick by the Yankees in 2008. In his rookie season of 2009, a 19 year-old Hebner led the league in hits with 242, doubles with 51, and took the league batting title by hitting .381. He knocked 35 HRs, drove in 131 and scored 126 times while posting a npa OPS+ of 192. This garnered him ROY honors.

In 2014 a broken hand in April limited him to 124 games. He still managed to hit 31 HRs and drive in 80 while batting .311. He, along with HOFers Jesse Burkett, Mel Ott, and Bob Robertson, brought the WS trophy to the Bronx. This was the only WS Hebner won in 7 post season attempts. He batted .333 in his post season career.

Hebner retired following the 2030 season with 2751 career hits (33rd, 10 ahead of Ernie Banks), 482 HRs (t-64th, Ted Kluszewski and Pablo Sandoval), and 503 doubles (t-53rd). He drove in 1658 runs (38th, pacing him between Beals Becker and Mike Epsein) and scored 1528 (42nd, 2 behind Gavvy Cravath) while slashing 305/386/535 (60th/82nd/79th) for a career npa OPS+ of 150. He ranks 59th on the career OPS list, 0.0004 ahead of Keith Hernandez.

A 7 time All Star, Hebner enters the HOF with Gray Ink, HOFm, and HOFs numbers all above the Hall averages.

Black Ink: 9
Gray Ink: 138
HOFm: 174.5
HOFs: 73

Gorilla Composite: 3.9

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I love stories of redemption. With that in mind, it is a pleasure to have Chief Yellow Horse honored with an induction to this virtual HOF as the greatest closer in league history.

Chief Yellow horse saved 600 games in a career that spanned from 2027-2050. HOFer Hugh O'Neill's 513 saves is second place. His 1316 career appearances are also the most league history.

A 10 time All Star, Yellow Horse had a career w/l record of 96-99. Hardly meaningful for a relief pitcher to be below .500. What is meaningful is that his career ERA of 2.60 ranks him second all-time (current leader is active, and Yellow Horse may again be the leader). His career ERA+ is an astronomical 205.

In 2029 he saved 29 games and carried a 0.55 ERA (npa ERA+ 759!).
In 2030 he set the still standing single season save mark of 50. He posted a npa ERA+ of 327 that season.

Chief Yellow Horse was taken by the Mets with the 20th overall pick in 2026. He appeared in post seasons, but never saw a WS.

Yellow Horse enters the HOF by virtue of his HOFs number being above the Hall average with the added save bonus (the save bonus, itself, exceeds the HOF average).

ADD: I totally missed the fact that Chief Yellow Horse has a HOFm number above the Hall average (and this Hall average is above the RL HOF HOFm average) untill I was reviewing the inductee spreadsheet. For a reliever, this is absolutely amazing.

Black Ink: 3
Gray Ink: 48
HOFm: 182
HOFs: 17

Gorilla Composite: 1.8

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Class of 2058 (1986): Waner, Blomberg, Colavito

All three entries caught me by surprise in this class. This is part of what makes it fun, for me.

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Paul Waner gives his induction speech at the age of 78. Drafted by the Royals with the 13th pick in 2000 draft, Waner played 15 seasons in KC.

During those years he was an All Star 5 times and won 5 GGs in RF.

In 2002, his .400 OBP led the league. He batted .307, scored 106 runs, and along with HOFers George Davies, Curt Schilling, Duke Snider, and Jimmy Walsh, brought home the World Series trophy.

In 2004, minus Snider, this core of greats won another WS.

Waner collected 51 hits, including 6 HRs, in 49 career post season games.

For his career, Waner slashed 307/386/445 (52nd/81st/*) for a npa OPS+ of 125. He collected 2526 hits (63rd, 7 ahead of Fred McGriff), 553 of which were doubles (39th, 3 more than Ted Simmons). He hit 138 HRs, scored 1259 times and drove in 1006. He also walked 1028 times before retiring after the 2017 season.

Prior to 2017, he signed a 2 year $20 million deal with the Phillies. He suffered a herniated disk and chose to retire instead of taking money he wasn't earning.

He has a career batting average that is 0.0001 lower than Willie McCovey's and 0.0001 higher than Dick Allen's.

Waner enters the HOF on the Veteran Standard. Waner is the 37th RL HOFer entered into this HOF.

Black Ink: 5 (37)
Gray Ink: 79 (194)
HOFm: 112.5 (252)
HOFs: 43 (61)

Gorilla Composite: 2.3 (5.6)

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Ron Blomberg is the 43rd player to be entered into this HOF that was enshrined in the previous one.

Blomberg was not a software inductee, but when he bubbled to the top of the list, he easilly met the standards for induction into this HOF.

Blomberg is a "Shooting Star" induction. He was just over 11 years ML service time (10 years is minimum for HOF induction). In that time he made his case for enshrinement that is hard to argue against.

Selected with the 7th overall pick by the Edmonton Attackers (formerly the Toronto Blue Jays) in the 2035 draft, Blomberg played about half a season in each of his first two years due to injury. He batted ,356 in 75 games as a rookie and .375 in 97 games his sophomore season. He carried a npa OPS+ over 200 in each of those partial seasons.

In 2038 he played every game and won the league batting title by slashing 384/457/738, which included 60 HRs, for a npa OPS+ of 218 and the league MVP.

The injury bug returned in his next two campaigns, but he was able to accumulate enough PAs to win batting titles in 2039 and 2040, batting .416 with 52 HRs in 113 games in 2039.

In 1334 career games, Blomberg collected 1642 hits. 344 of those were HRs. His career slash line is an upper echelon All Time elite 322/392/591 (13th/49th/11th). This line makes for a npa OPS+ 162. Blonerg enters the HOF 10th on the All Time OPS list, one spot ahead of Ty Cobb...yeah, that is elite.

Blomberg appeared in 6 ASGs, and won 2 GGs, one in LF and one at 1B.

He made 3 post season appearances, but never played in a WS.

Blomberg enters the HOF by virtue of his Black Ink number being above the Hall average.

Blomberg is the 20th entrant in this HOF who has a last name beginning with the letter B.

Black Ink: 27
Gray Ink: 77
HOFm: 163.5
HOFs: 43

Gorilla Composite: 3.6

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Rocky Colavito gets the call at age 66.

He was drafted by the White Sox as the 13th pick overall in the 2011 draft.

The White Sox left him unprotected in the 2018 expansion draft. He was selected by what turns out to be the greatest team in the history of this league, the 123 regular season game winning and World Series champion expansion Dallas Burn.

This team was crazy stacked. And Colavito took it upon himself to lead that stacked team in HRs (52) and RBI (153). These were both career highs for him. He also collected a career high 202 base hits as he slashed 324/403/631 (npa OPS+ 172).

Other HOFers from that Dallas Burn team are: Lance Berkman, Red Ehret, Steve Garvey, Charlie Keller, Harry Salisbury, and George Sisler. There may be more....

A 7 time All Star, Colavito won 2 GGs in RF.

He collected 2100 hits in his career. 495 of those hits were HRs (59th, 1 behind Troy Tulowitski and 3 ahead of Rick Monday). He had 1552 RBI (52nd, 1 behind Bill Melton, 1 ahead of Nap Lajoie) and scored 1226 times as he slashed 278/361/528 for a npa OPS+ of 140.

Colavito enters on the Veteran Standard.

Black Ink: 5 (15)
Gray Ink: 92 (152)
HOFm: 130.5 (82)
HOFs: 47 (30)

Gorilla Composite: 2.6 (2.7)
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Class of 2059 (1987): Doheny, Jordan

A couple of turn of the 20th Century players found their game translate well into 21st Century baseball.

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Ed Doheny was the first player taken in the 2018 amateur draft. The team with the first pick was the expansion Dallas Burn, who won the World Series in their first two years of existence. That expansion team already has 7 HOFers from that roster. Ed Doheny becomes number 8.

In his rookie season, he only took the mound 6 times in the regular season, and only three of them were starts. He had an OOTP ERA of 4.64 (npa ERA+ 97) in 21 1/3 IP. But, hey, when your team has 5 HOF hitters in their prime, you can get a 2-1 record to start your career with that kind of output.

But enough about Berkman, Colavito, Garvey, Keller, and Sisler (and Ehret and Salisbury).

In 2020 Doheny posted a 17-7 record and struck out 299 men as the Burn repeated as champs. Colavito left as a free agent, but HOFer Dick Allen joined the club as a rookie draft pick.

In 2025 he had a rough year, going 11-11 on a 96 win team with an OOTP ERA of 4.56 (npa ERA+94). But this Dallas Burn team again won the WS. Dick Allen was the only HOFer left from the previous WS winning rosters.

*NOTE: The closer on that 2025 team was OOTPer Pat Neshek. He saved 22 games for the Burn that season. He logged just a little over 4 ML seasons and wound up with exactly 100 saves and an ERA+ of 130. He struck out 323 men in 264 career IP.*

In 2026, Doheny bounced back with a 16-10 3.36 season. Then he hit the skids and in the next 7 seasons had an OOTP ERA over 4.10 in each season. Twice his OOTP ERA was over 5.

The Burn granted him 1 and 2 year deals in this time for decent money, but he just wasn't earning his checks. They declined to match the offer he received from Jacksonville (the team that came into the league with Dallas) and he went to pitch for the Tribunes in 2034.

There he found his magic, again. At age 35 he posted an 18-6 record and an OOTP ERA of 2.64 (npa ERA+ 161, career best), winning the Cy Young Award.

He went to Philly the next season and won 20 games at the age of 36. It was the third time he reached 20 in his career.

He retired following the 2039 season with 249 wins (t-14th, Warren Spahn) vs 155 losses. He struck out 3369 men (29th, one slot ahead of Matt Cain) in 3625 IP (30th) . His career OOTP ERA is 3.88, an npa ERA+ of 115. His 24 career shutouts ties him for 18th place with Daryl Kile and Charlie Case.

A 4 time All Star, Doheny won one GG. Doheny enters the HOF on the Veteran Standard.

Black Ink: 30
Gray Ink: 123
HOFm: 130.3
HOFs: 45

Gorilla Composite: 3.0

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Tim Jordan enters the HOF as the second player (Count Campau) to play the majority of his games as a DH.

Taken with the 5th pick in the 2032 draft, he did not come to terms with the Twins. He signed with the White Sox the next year when they used the 10th pick in the draft to select him.

IRL, Jordan led the league in HRs twice...each time with 12. Here he led the league in HRs three times, once with 67 and twice with 57.

In a career that spanned through 2053, Jordan collected 2685 hits (41st) and hit 710 HRs (7th). He scored 1898 runs (8th, sandwiched between Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub) and drove in an even 2000 (7th). He drew 1692 walks (3rd, between Willie McCovey and Charlie Keller) and also stole 243 bases. He posted a career slash line of 284/393/569 (*/43rd/28th) for a career npa OPS+ of 159. He ranks 17th on the ALl Time OPS list, just behind Hack Miller.

He followed up a 29 HR ROY 2034 campaign by leading the league with 57 HRs and taking home his first of 3 MVPs. In 2041, he had his best season as he hit 67 HRs, driving in a career high 168 and scoring a career high 148. He slashed 312/424/719 for a npa OPS+ of 200. This was his third MVP season.

Jordan appeared in 9 ASGs and 3 post seasons. He played in one WS, but came up short of victory.

Jordan enters the HOF on the FBS in his his first year of eligibility.

Black Ink: 53
Gray Ink: 188
HOFm: 286
HOFs: 63

Gorilla Composite: 6.4

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Class of 2060 (1988): Collins

For the 2059 (1987) class I had 4 hitters get software inductions and, therefore, eligible for First Ballot Screenings. Tim Jordan was the first to get screened, and he got in. There was only one hitter that entered in 1987, so the rest had to wait. For this year I got another hitter that was a software inductee. Eddie Collins was left over from the previous year, he got the first screening, and got in, so I have 3 players that are likely to get in when a slot opens.

This is something I don't like about the current process, and it will be changed for the v14 version. A First Ballot HOFer will be a First Ballot HOFer in the first year of his eligibility. The player distribution will account for that. I am looking forward to getting the next one.

Eddie Collins was the first player taken in the 2028 draft. He went to the expansion Indianapolis Sea Gulls.

The expansion scouts earned their money with their selection.

Collins promptly paid dividends as he captured Rookie of the Year honors by rapping 212 hits. He would collect 200 hits in a season 7 times, in his career. He slashed 360/462/512 his first season (npa OPS+ 168). He hit 48 doubles and 11 HRs. He scored 130 times and stole 55 bases.

Collins reties as the all time leader in Games Played (3351), AB (12641), Hits (3979), singles (2971), and walks (2059). His career slash line of 315/412/427 (t-28th/12th/*) gives him a npa OPS+ of 130. This number under represents his value, offensively as he was a top base stealer. Twice he stole over 100 bases (high of 111) in a season and retired with 1069 (2nd to Tony Campana's 1163).

His 2175 career runs scored rank him second to Rogers Hornsby's 2246.

In 2033 Collins slashed 377/467/530 (npa OPS+ 173) winning his frst of two consecutive batting titles, and the league MVP. He stole his career hih 111 bases in this season and scored 121 runs as he led the fledgling Sea Gulls to a WS title. HOFer Buddy Bell was part of this team.

Not quite as fledgling 5 years later, Collins again led the Gulls to WS glory in 2038.

Collins appeared on 12 AS teams and hit 754 doubles in his career to place him 5th All-Time. He has 2 doubles fewer than Ty Cobb and 2 more than Ed Lennox. His 99 career doubles places him 11th on that career list.


Collins is the 44th player to be inducted into both OOTP HOF, the 38th RL HOF player to be inducted here, and the 15th RL HOF in both OOTP HOF.

Black Ink: 37 (19)
Gray Ink: 169 (271)
HOFm: 319.5 (250)
HOFs: 79 (72)

Gorilla Composite: 6.3 (5.6)
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Class of 2061 (1989): Howard, Johnson, Kelly

I thought I would have more entries on the FBS, but I got only one.....

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Frank Howard gets in on the First Ballot Screening in his second year of eligibility.

Drafted by the Red Sox with the 12th selection in the 2035 draft, Howard and Beantown didn't come to terms. He was taken with the 10th pick in 2036 by the Columbus Ions. They were happy.

Howard hit 54 HRs in his rookie season to win ROY. He put the Ions on his back (how much can they weigh?) and, uh, powered them to WS victory....

No other player from that team is in the HOF, and probably no one else will get in from that team.

Howard spent 6 years in Columbus and hit 50+ HRs three of those seasons. He left for St Louis as a free agent and in his first six years there he hit 50 HRs three times, also.

In 2047 he set career highs in HR (64), RBI (158), OBP (.400) and slg (.578) while hitting .298 and carrying a npa OPS+ of 197. This production earned him league MVP.

Howard appeared in 6 All Star games and collected 2420 hits in his career (95th, 5 behind Boog Powell and 11 ahead of Adrian Gonzalez), 647 of which were HRs (19th). 279/351/550 (slg% tied for 55th with Ed Lennox) is what he slashed in his career for a npa OPS+ of 144 (RL OPS+ 142). He had 1764 RBI (26th, 3 ahead of Joey Votto) and scored 1398 times.

A monster of a man in RL. If you ever have a chance to go to RFK Stadium, find one of the three white seats in the upper deck and look down at where home plate would be. Those seats are where Frank Howard HRs landed...and there is no such things as wind blowing out in RFK. It is awe inspiring.

Black Ink: 24 (17)
Gray Ink: 140 (121)
HOFm: 190.5 (61)
HOFs: 53 (26)

Gorilla Composite: 4.2 (2.4)

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Cliff Johnson is the 45th player to be inducted into this HOF and the previous one. He joins his surnamesake Walter as 2 timing Johnsons.

Cliff Johnson likes to catch in OOTP. Even using recalc, he plays the position until the end of his career. His last two seasons, 2049 and 2050, he played 1152 games in each, and caught all 152 times, each year.

The Orioles used the 4th pick in 2036 draft to select Johnson. In 2039, at the age of 25, Johnson had his best season in the big leagues. He had career highs across the board (including a career high 2 triples) hitting 58 HRs, driving in 135 and slashing 305/398/661 (npa OPS+ 177).

He did not win the MVP for this season, but he and fellow HOFers Rick Monday and Rusty Staub made the Camden Yard faithful celebrate with a WS win.

In his 14 year career, he hit 549 HRs (43rd, 1 ahead of Joey Votto) and drove in 1471 (78th). His career slash line of 264/354/535 makes for a npa OPS+ of 137.

A 5 time All Star, Cliff Johnson enters the HOF by virtue of his HOFs number being above the Hall average (a result of C being his primary position, here).

Black Ink: 1
Gray Ink: 191
HOFm: 155.5
HOFs: 57

Gorilla Composite: 2.8

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King Kelly is the 16th RL HOFer to be inducted into both OOTP HOF. I predicted 20. It looks like that call will be about right.

Kelly is the 39th RL HOFer entered here. He is the 45th player to be in both converted tractor sheds that are these HOF.

Kelly was taken by the Giants with the first pick in the 2021 draft.

He promptly hit .311 with 26 HRs and 112 RBI to win ROY.

In 2036 he, along with previous HOF inductee Ken Griffey Jr, led the Giants to WS crown.

In 2024 he had an MVP season with career highs in hits (191), HRs (33) and all slash stats as his 322/395/588 gave him a career high npa OPS+ of 170.

In 16 seasons he collected 2108 hits, 248 HRs, drove in 1026 and scored 1178 times. His career slash line of 276/338/460 gives him a npa OPS+ of 119. He also stole 388 career bases (t-83rd).

Kelly was a 4 time All Star and won a GG as a C. He enters the HOF on the Veteran Standard at the age of 58.

Black Ink: 7 (23)
Gray Ink: 77 (221)
HOFm: 161 (64)
HOFs: 47 (45)

Gorilla Composite: 2.8 (3.6)

NOTE: Though Johnson and Kelly have the same 2.8 GC, they enter the HOF differently. Kelly could not enter on the Standard Standard this year, as Johnson did. His HOFm number was barely shy of the needed ammount for a standard entry.

However, Johnson, if he had been eligible for the Veteran Standard, would not have gotten in via that path because he lacks the needed Ink total, at this time. Both are deserving, yet both had different types of careers and were different types of players and get in through different means (no pun intended).

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Class of 2062 (1990): McRae, Sutton

Two first ballot entries for this class, but neither enters on the First Ballot standard. An oddity, that.

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Hal McRae was chosen by the Yankees with the 6th overall pick in the 2036 draft.

In his 20 season big league career, McRae hit over .300 8 times.

McRae left the Bronx for Disneyland, and then signed with Columbus. In his free agent year there he hit a career high, and league leading, 55 doubles and a career high 121 RBI. He cashed in those numbers for a fat contract with, once again, the Yankees.

McRae had yet to play in the post season, and the Yankees were strong, so that drew him back. He helped the Yanks to the WS in 2053, but they fell in 6 games to the Mets.

McRae collected 2758 hits (35th, 7 behind Pete Rose) in his career which included 342 HRs and 678 doubles (12th). He drove in 1512 (67th, 5 behind Ron Cey and 7 ahead of Rick Monday) and scored 1340 runs. His career slash line of 292/352/484 gave him a npa OPS+ of 125. Compare to RL slash of 290/351/454, OPS+ 123.

McRae enters as a third baseman. He played 700 games there.

A six time All Star, McRae enters the HOF by virtue of his HOFs number being above the Hall aberage.

Black Ink: 4 (9)
Gray Ink: 48 (87)
HOFm: 80 (49)
HOFs: 56 (24)

Gorilla Composite: 2.2 (1.7)

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Don Sutton, like his HOF classmate, came into the league in the 2036 draft. He was taken with the 9th pick, 3 after McCrae, by the Mariners.

Sutton flew under the radar as I was simming the seasons. Pitching is short and thin on the spread sheet. I thought I would have to go to the leaderboards for the pitching entry, but nope. Sutton did not get in on his FBS, but he gets in on the Standard Standard.

He never won a CYA, and he only appeared in 2 ASGs, but he put together a tremendous career.

He won 252 games (11th, 1 ahead of Justin Verlander), vs 202 losses. He struck out 3956 men (8th, sandwiched between Dan Casey and Dan Haren) in 4169 1/3 IP (9th). He started 618 games, 7th most in league history.

At age 37, as a newly signed Astro, he had a resurgence and posted a 20-5 record with an OOTP ERA of 2.96 (npa ERA+ 142) to score his career high in wins for a season.

In 2045 he joined the Yankees as a Free Agent. He put together a 14-8 3.40 campaign (npa ERA+ 133) in which he struck out 232 men in as many innings pitched. He led the Yankees to a WS title, that year. He is the first member of that team to be inducted.

Don Sutton pitched 3 No-Hitters in his career. A feat matched by two other pitchers, neither of which has been inducted.

Don Sutton is the 40th RL HOFer to be honored in this HOF.

His career 3.78 OOTP ERA is a npa ERA+ of 121.

Black Ink: 23 (8)
Gray Ink: 227 (243)
HOFm: 135.3 (149)
HOFs: 45 (58)

Gorilla Composite: 3.4 (3.5)

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No player that debuted IRL after 1989 has been inducted into the RL HOF. I will make notes in upcoming posts of RL HOFers and HOFers from the previous thread that make their debut from this point on. These players debuting now can gain entry, but it will be difficult to put together a HOF record and be retired by 2079 (2007).

Jim Palmer enters the league in 1990.

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Class of 2063 (1991), Hitters: Carter, Fisk

With 2 pitchers to be enshrined this year, also, this is already the coolest class of this this HOF. Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk inducted together? How awesome is that?

IRL, the VC inducted Richie Ashburn the same year that Mike Schmidt was a gimmie first ballot choice. That was nice time to put in Ashburn and celebrate the greats of Philly together.

Carter and Fisk entering together just happened through the process, and the process only. Very cool.

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Gary Carter was selected 5th overall in the 2031 draft by, ironically (considering his classmate's RL career), the Boston Red Sox.

In 2032 he broke into the league batting .303 with 41 HRs and 99 RBI and a npa OPS+ of 174 to take ROY honors.

6 times in his career he hit 40+ Hrs and 6 times he drove in over 120.

In 2039 he led the league in HR, R, TB, and EBH as he hit career highs in its (209), HR (67), R (124), RBI (174), BB (75), and in each slash stat (355/470/770) as he won the MVP with a npa OPS+ of 212.

Carter's 2039 season is the best VORP/WAR season for a catcher. He also set the mark for top SLG and OPS by a C in a season. He also set the mark for TB by as a C, breaking his own record from his 63 HR season the year before.

He is second in career C HRs and C IP to Fisk.

He appeared in 10 All Star games and won 4 GGs as a catcher.

618 (25th) of his 2678 career hits (t-46th) were HRs. He drove in 1809 (t-19th, Carl Yastrzemski) and scored 1485 (58th, 1 ahead of Frank Chance). Carter retired with a career slash line of 290/363/546 gives him a npa OPS+ of 148. He enters the HOF 65th on the slg list and tied for 72nd on the OPS list.

Dave Parker now has his favorite home plate target to play with, forever, in the virtual corn field.

Carter enters the HOF with Gray ink, HOFm and HOFs numbers all above the Hall averages.

Black Ink: 18 (4)
Gray Ink: 140 (75)
HOFm: 309 (131)
HOFs: 72 (41)

Gorilla Composite: 5.1 (2.4)

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Selected by the Dodgers with the 13th pick in the 2027 draft, Carlton Fisk enters the HOF as the career leader in a multitude of categories for a catcher. They Include: Games, AB, R, H, TB, HR, and RBI.

He started 2928 games at the position, 599 more than anyone else.

His 25732 IP at C is ocer 5500 more than second placeholder Gary Carter.

Drafted 4 years before Gary Carter, Fisk retired in 2051, as did Carter.

Carter had better individual seasons over the course of his career (Fisk never won an MVP) but Fisk has the superior career totals. Who was better? Take your pick.

Fisk rapped 3071 hits (18th) in his ML career, 686 were HRs (12th). He also hit 572 doubles (34th, 2 ahead of Dave Parker) as he drove in 2013 (8th) and scored 1713 (14th, 8 ahead of Hank Thompson). His career slash line of 268/335/505 gives him a career npa OPS+ of 130.

Neither Carter nor Fisk ever won a WS.

Fisk enters the HOF with HOFm/s numbers both above the Hall averages. He was named to 10 All Star teams, just as was Carter.

IRL, Fisk is the third most similar player to Carter, and Carter the second most similar to Fisk (Johnny Bench is the most similar to both).

Black Ink: 4 (1)
Gray Ink: 115 (54)
HOFm: 253.5 (120)
HOFs: 73 (49)

Gorilla Composite: 4.1 (2.2)

ADD: Carter and Fisk are the 41st/42nd RL HOFers to be inducted into this HOF.

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Class of 2063 (1991), Pitchers: Latos, McFarland

The Selection Committee goes to the leaderboards for the first time since the Inaugural Class. Both pitching inductees enter the HOF in this fashion.

The Selection Committee is dividen int to three camps:

The Traditionalists (Trads) emphasize traditional milestones in their evaluations. They also are big on the character and aura of a player.

The Sabermetricians (Saberheads) emphasize newer metrics of evaluating the careers of players.

The Blue Dogs (Blue Dogs) are comprised of members that that lean towards the Trads or the Saberheads, but they see value, to varyong degrees, of each school of thought.



The Trads think the Saberheads know little about real baseball (ie what is presented in a nonnumeric form).

The Saberheads think the Trads are dumb jocks and baseball would be a much better game if everyone else saw things like they do.

The Blue Dogs find the Trads and Saberheads, both, to be ridiculous. It is the Blue Dogs that cast the deciding vote when the two camps are divided on a player's Hall worthiness.

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Tim Latos was a pleasing selection to all camps. He played at the ML level from 1996 to 2914. Latos gives his induction speech at the age of 87.

The 7th selection in the 1995 draft, Latos went to play for the Reds.

On May 8th, 1996, Latos found early fame when he struck out 8 Dodgers, and walked 1 as he tossed a no-hitter as a 20 year-old rookie.

He finished his rookie campaign with a 14-8 record and an OOTP ERA of 3.28 (npa ERA+ 133).

Things only got better, from there. In fact, he retired with a career npa ERA+ of 136. He won 207 games (t-64th, 1 behind Ralph Branca and Eddie Plank) against 162 losses and struck out 3101 men (43rd) in 3554 IP (40th).

This was all good stuff for the Trads, and the Saberheads had advocated for him because he had the highest VORP of any pitcher not in the HOF (10th place, 833.32).

From 2009-2011, Latos was a combined 46-19 with over 600 strikeouts as a Los Angeles Dodger. In 2011 he was 17-6, a career high win total, and led the Dodgers to a WS win over a Texas Ranger squad that featured sluggers Albert Belle and Willie McCovey. The Dodgers won 110 regular season games that year. Latos is the first member of that Dodger team to be enshrined in the HOF. He will, in all likelihood, be the last.

Latos appeared in 2 All Star Games.

Black Ink: 5
Gray Ink: 131
HOFm: 67.8
HOFs: 42

Gorilla Composite: 2.4

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Monte McFarland had the Blue Dogs heads spinning as the Saberheads and Trads seemed to reverse roll over the objections of the Trads who said there were other more worthy candidates since McFarland only had 212 saves, 94th All Time.

The Saberheads, usually not much for closers, argued for his induction.

The Saberheads said that it didn't matter because relievers are relievers and he was great when he wasn't used as a closer and when he was in his 16 ML seasons. That he got 212 saves while being used as a primary closer in only 5 seasons should make the Trads value that totwl more, even though the Saberheads put zero weight to the Save stat, themselves.

The Blue Dogs were split. They felt that it was very meaningful that McFarland had the best H/9 rate, by far, in the history of the game. This garnered some Trad support, but was rejected by the Saberheads who said hits are luck and he walked almost one man an inning.

The Blue Dogs also pointed out that he has the best Opp BA in league history. Same response from the Saberheads and Trads.

That McFarland did have the best OpSLG in league history did sway some Saberheads. The Trads scoffed at the shmancy fangled statistic lovers.

Mc Farland was the closer on 2 WS winning Yankee teams, including recent inductee Don Sutton's 1945 team. Sutton gave much credit to his personal success, as well as the team's success, that year to McFarland. When this was considered, enough Trads and Blue Dogs joined what had become a split Saberhead camp and decided to tab McFarland for HOF induction in what was the first argument amongst the Selection Committee members for this HOF.


Sutton is the only player from the 2045 team to be inducted. In the 2042 season, McFarland played with a 40 year-old Hank Thompson for that Bronx victory celebration.

Career H/9: 6.072 (second place 6.662)
Career OppBA: .1929 (second place .2040)
Career OppSLG: .2770 (second place .2879)
Career K/9: 12.659 (3rd)
Career ERA+ : 127

Monte McFarland is the first official "floor breaker" to enter this HOF.

Black Ink: 6
Gray Ink: 15
HOFm: 72.1
HOFs: 18

Gorilla Composite: 1.2

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Lefty Gomez, Paul Derringer, Manny Ramirez, Luke Appling, and Bill Dickey are among the notables to enter the league in 1991.
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Class of 2064 (1992): Mathewson, French, White

I am holding off on downloading my pre-ordered v14 until I finish this. That should be an incentive to move this along.

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Christy Mathewson was unshockingly the first player taken in the amateur draft of 2041. For some reason he didn't want to pitch in Safeco field and have an ERA around 0.51, So he declined to sign with the Mariners and went into the 2042 draft pool.

In 2042 he was taken with the first pick overall. Realising he was going to be stuck on the worst team from the previous season no matter how long he kept declining to sign, he signed with the Pirates.

Mathewson was not injured a lot, he just got injured big. Three arm/elbow surgeries shelved him for 38 months. A patrially torn labrum had him mis 2 months during the 2052 season. Inspite of all of this missed time, Mathewson gets in the HOF during his first year of eligibility (though not on the FBS).

Due to missing so much time in so many seasons, Mathewson only appeared in 3 All Star games. However, when he was healthy, he was a world beater.

Playing through the 2057 season, Mathewson won 154 games and lost 100 for a win % of .605 (t-41st). He struck out 2374 men in 2391 2/3. Hi career OOTP ERA of 3.38 is a npa ERA+ of 131.

After 5 years in Pittsburgh he was 45-47. He left as a free agent to play for a winning ball club. He signed with the Angels, and after making only 24 starts in 2048 and 2049 combined, he went 15-9 with an OOTP ERA of 2.66 in 32 starts (npa ERA+ 160). He struck out 254 batters in 247 1/3 IP and anchored the rotation throughout the post season and making Rally Monkies across the globe rejoice with an Angels WS win. Mathewsong is the first HOFer from this Angels squad.

He followed up in 2051 with a 20-3 mark and Cy Young Award honors. His 20 wins led the league, and his OOTP ERA of 2.51 (npa ERA+ 170) did also. His 273 Ks placed him 4th.

Mathewson is the 43rd RL HOFer to be enshrined. He enters the HOF with a Black Ink number above the Hall average.


Black Ink: 33 (92)
Gray Ink: 117 (350)
HOFm: 91.9 (303)
HOFs: 38 (84)

Gorilla Composite: 2.7 (7.4)

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I will save the Selection Committee leadearboard debates for v 14. French enters from the leaderboard for being the highest ranking eligible pitcher on the WAR and VORP charts.

Larry French was selected by the Astros with the 3rd pick in the 2032 draft. He spent 21 years in the big leagues and compiled a career 260-176 record for a .596 win % before retiring in 2053. His win total places him 8th on the All Time list, 2 wins ahead of Bill Sweeney.

French carried a career OOTP ERA of 3.61 (npa ERA+ 128) and struck out 3472 men (25th, sandwiched between Doc McJames and Justin Verlander) in 4074 1/3 IP (11th).

He left the Astros as a free agent and signed with the Yankees before the 2039 season. In 2042 he put together a 14-11 record and was a big part of the Yankees 2042 championship season. Last year's HOF inductee Monte McFarland was French's closer.

French gets in the Hall differently from Mathewson. Mathewson was dominant when healthy French was solid over 21 years.

However, French's 2044 season (coincidentally, his free agent season with the Yankees) is his HOF defining season. If not for this season, French would not be the top ranked VORP/WAR eligible but not enshrined.

French put together an 18-5 mark and an OOTP ERA of 1.58. How does an ERA+ of 275 sound? This season earned him a CYA, and a place in the HOF.

French was named to 6 All Star teams in his career.

Black Ink: 19 (4)
Gray Ink: 130 (171)
HOFm: 123.9 (50)
HOFs: 49 (23)

Gorilla Composite: 2.8 (1.7)

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No one struck out more men per 9 than Deke White. Every 9 innings, for his entire 19 year career, the relief specialist fanned 13.16 men.

Consider this: His single season high was 'only' 14.41 K/9. That means that each and every year he was fanning men like no other, ever. Only once in his career was his K/9 rate under 10, and that was year he only logged 7 1/3 IP. White struck out 1922 men in 1314 2/3 career IP. Except for 12 starts, all of his 1169 appearances were in relief. Almost 2000 career Ks for a reliever is madness.

White was late round gem. Taken in the 4th rd (there are 5 rds worth of players who enter the pool each year) as the 143rd overall pick in the 1995 draft, White went to the Rockies. He retired in 2016. 47 seasons have passed, and no one is close to his record.

In 2000 he was the stopper on the Rockies squad that rang in the new century with a victory party. Charlie Bennett was his teammate. He was inducted 55 years ago.

In 2003 he appeared in 79 games for the Mets, though not as the featured closer. He had a fine season and was a contributor to the Mets Championship season. Buck Ewing, Edgar Martinez and Camilo Pascual are previous HOF entrants from that squad.

He saved 265 games (49th). His K/W ratio is better than 4:1. His career OOTP ERA is a 4.05 (npa ERA+ 109). How can this be? White's Greek Warrior Heel was the Gopher ball. He threw hard and it flew far. 1.78 HRA per 9 IP. This is most likely why the selection committee passed on inducting him until he was 89 years-old. But as the years went by, they realized that there was no one like him, and most likely, no one ever would be.

A three time All Star, White is the second floorbreaker inducted in as many years.

Black Ink: 0
Gray Ink: 25
HOFm: 67.7
HOFs: 11

Gorilla Composite: 0.8

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ADD: Bill White, Larry Walker, Max Lanier, and Jair Jurrjens are among the notables to join the league in 2064.

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Class of 2065 (1993): Agee

20 more classes to go, after this one.

One hitter enters this year. had 4 players waiting for First Ballot Screening. I thought any of them might get in on the FBS. Nope. There are lots of hitters with qualifying numbers. And there are many recently retired and still active candidates. I do not see the Selection Committee going to the leader boards for any hitting inductions.

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Of all the players I am figuring that could get in, Tommie Agee was NOT one of them. Nonetheless, the numeric standards have come down with the recent entries, including 2 floor breakers, and it is Tommie Agee getting his bust placed in the converted tractor shed just past the right field foul pole, where the corn was plowed under.

Agee was selected by the Rangers with the 9th overall pick in the 2003 draft. He played in Arlington through the 2020 season. He played for 5 teams over the next 4 years before retiring after the 2024 season.

A 5 time GG winner (4 x CF, 1 x RF) Agee surely would have won more if he had played more games in each season. In his 21 seasons, only 12 times sid he play in 100 games. Only 4 times di he play in 130...yet he received 5 GGs. That tells you just how good he was. Well, we also have fielding stats...

In 2071 Games Played, Agee had a OF ZF of +279 and an Efficiency number of 1.1 for each of the 3 OF positions. He literally could play all fields equally well.

His best season came in 2010 when he hit a career best 42 HRs and a career best (and league leading 151 RBI on 203 hits while slashing 316/384/569 for a npa OPS+ of 162.

From 2008 through 2016, Agee helped the Rangers get to the play-offs in each of those seasons. The Rangers made it to 1 WS, but fell to the Mat Latos led Dodgers in 5 games in 2011.

Agee collected 2129 hits in his career. He ripped 425 doubles and smacked 336 HRs. He also stole 255 bases while slashing 280/349/477 for a career npa OPS+ of 122.

79 years of age on his Induction Day, Agee enters the HOF on the Veteran Standard.

Black Ink: 5
Gray Ink: 76
HOFm: 90.5
HOFs: 46

Gorilla Composite: 2.2

Inductees like Agee make this process surprising and fun for me. IRL, there will be players waiting to get in, and all of a sudden one enters that you had probably not considered and the ones you have considered, are left waiting (2013 comes to mind!).

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Entering the league in 2065 are notables George R Stone, Dave Winfield, and Kenny Lofton.

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Class of 2066 (1994): Ferguson, Jackson

This class welcomes the 46th and 47th players into this HOF that were also inducted in the previous HOF.

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Charlie J Ferguson is an OOTP marvel. He enters this HOF with the highest GC of any pitcher. He also had the highest GC of any pitcher in the previous HOF.

When I began his screening I was thinking I would introduce him as the 2nd best pitcher in league history to Walter Johnson. An argument can be made that he is the best (certainly based on GC).

Ferguson enters the Hall second to Johnson in career wins (304) and strikeouts (5001).

Ferguson was the 6th player taken in the 2037 draft, selected by the Twins.

In 2041 he won his first of 4 Cy Young Awards, the same number won by Johnson. He struck out a career high 348 men. This would be his first of 8 consecutive seasons with 300 strikeouts. He would lead the league in this category 7 times in this 8 year span. He took the Twins to the WS in 2041, but came up short winning a title.

In 2042, his free agent season, Ferguson again won the CYA. In these two seasons he won 19 games each year and lost only 15 games over the span of both. He had a combined OOTP ERA of 2.55 which makes for a combined 2 season npa ERA+ of 180.

The top talent on the Free Agent market, he signed for 3 years and $50 M with the A's. In 2043 he led the Athletics to the WS, but, again, fell short of victory.

Following the 2045 season, he signed a 6 year deal with the Red Sox for close to $120 M.

In 2047 he won his 3rd CYA and won the WS.

In 2051 he won his 4th CYA and won the WS.

Ferguson is the first player from either of these Red Sox teams to be inducted into the HOF.

Ferguson retired following the 2059 season with a career OOTP ERA of 3.31 (npa ERA+ 139). His 5001 Ks came in 4591 2/3 IP (3rd between Matt Cain and Steve Carlton, trailing leader Walter Johnson). His K/( rate of 9.802 ranks him 43rd. The 548 HRA by Ferguson are the most in league history.

In post season play, Ferguson was 19-8 with a 2.80 OOTP ERA. He struck out 291 in 257 IP over 34 starts/appearances.

Ferguson threw 36 career shutouts. That places him 4th All-Time, 2 behind co-leader Matt Kilroy.

Black Ink: 106 (6)
Gray Ink: 301 (99)
HOFm: 280.3 (49)
HOFs: 63 (27)

Gorilla Composite: 7.0 (1.5)

Ferguson pitched 4 ML seasons (1884-1887). In this limited time he accumulated a GC of 1.5.

Ferguson enters on the FBS in his second year of eligibility.

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Shoeless Joe takes his place in the Field of Dreams HOF, once again. How appropriate. He joins distant cousin Reggie as the second Jackson to be inducted.

Previous namesake pairs are: Buck and John Ewing, Adrian and Juan Gonzalez, Edgar and Pedro Martinez, Ed and Jimmy Walsh.

Shoeless Joe was the first player taken in the 2039 draft, selected by the Cubs.

As a 17 year-old rookie, Jackson hit .347 with 33 HRs and drove in 109 to wi Rookie of the Year and MVP. He would not hit below .350 in a season for 10 years.

He would also win the MVP in each of his first 5 season. He would win the award 8 times in his career, the most of any inductee.

6 times he would collect at least 200 hits in a season. 3 times he would bat .400.

In 2046 he had career highs in all slash stats as his 419/501/693 gave him a career high npa OPS+ of 222.

Jackson was dogged by injuries throughout his career. Only 4 times in his 21 year career did he play in 150 games.

In 2045, playing in 159 games (158 game season + tie breaker) Jackson cracked 270 hits.

He had 3319 career hits (9th, between Steve Garvey and George Brett), 743 doubles (8th, between Rogers Hornsby and Rusty Staub) 97 triples (15th, 1 more than Elmer Flick), and 349 HRs. He drove in 1614 runs (49th, 8 behind Ty Cobb) and scored 1645 (23rd, beween Al Rosen and Keith Hernandez). His career slash line of 354/421/563 (2nd/7th/38th) makes for an eye-popping career npa OPS+ of 171. Jackson also stole 361 career bases.

Shoeless Joe ranks 10th on the All Time OPS list. He is sandwiched between Norm Cash and Ron Blomberg.

Jackson left the Cubs to play in Edmonton, and there he went to his only WS as an Attacker. He didn't get a ring.

In 30 post season games Jackson slashed 382/412/618.

Jackson enters on the FBS in his first year of eligibility.

Black Ink: 92
Gray Ink: 228
HOFm: 446.5
HOFs: 77

Gorilla Composite: 9.5

ADD: In each of his first 10 seasons, Jackson led the league in hitting. In 2051, he won his 11th batting title.

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Notable players entering the league in 2066 include Jim H O'Rourke and Orlando Cepeda.

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Class of 2067 (1995): Gibson, Mays, Nettles

What a killer class this is. Bob Gibson and Willie Mays are RL HOFers who were also in the previous OOTP HOF, and Graig Nettles was an absolute monster, here.

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Bob Gibson is the 48th player inducted into both OOTP HOF, the 44th RL HOFer inducted here, and the 17th RL HOFer to be inducted into both OOTP HOF.

Gibson was the 5th overall pick in the 2042 draft. He went to Kansas City...close to St Louis.

Gibson pitched 17 years and retired after the 2059 season with a career record of 230 wins (t-28th, Jesse Tannehill) and 156 losses. His OOTP ERA of 3.41 is a npa ERA+ of 131.

Gibby fanned 3596 men (20th, sandwiched between Harry Salisbury and Warren Spahn) in 3056 IP. His 9.231 K/9 rate places him in a tie for 63rd with Smokey Joe Wood.

In his sophomore season, he took the Royals to the WS, but they came up short.

When he became a agent in 2047, he signed with the Cardinals. How cool is that. He pitched for the Cardinals until he retired. How cooler is that?

In 2052 he won the CYA with a 20-6 record and an OOTP ERA of 2.33 (npa ERA+ 177). This would be his career high in wins. It would also be his best ERA/ERA+ season. He struck out 265 men in 255 IP.

He took the Cards to the Fall Classic in 2052. In spite of going 4-0 in the post season (he went 7-0 in his final 2 post seasons), the Red Birds fell to Charlie Ferguson and the Red Sox in five games. This would be Gibson's lat crack at a title.

A 5 time All Star, Gibson picked up a GG in a career that shows him with a Gray Ink total above the Hall average. It is by virtue of this number that he enters the HOF.

Black Ink: 15 (20)
Gray Ink: 177 (207)
HOFm: 149.1 (222)
HOFs: 45 (54)

Gorilla Composite: 3.0 (3.9)

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Willie Mays was the second selection of the 2040 draft. He called San Diego his new home.

While a Padre, he won 3 WS. He left for Philadelphia and won another championship with the Phillies. He is the first player from any of these teams to be inducted into the HOF. There are others from these teams who may get in, but there will be some noteworthy careers that will not be honored with enshrinement before this world comes to an end.

Mays had an outstanding career, as would be expected. 3 times he was league MVP. 6 times he won a Gold Glove (4 in CF, 2 in RF). He was named to 16 All Star teams. No one in the HOF was named to that many AS teams.

In 2044 he had his first of 5 50 HR seasons. That he did it in Petco is amazing. In 2046, still in San Diego, he hit a career high 66 HRs. 50 HRs for a Padre has only been accomplished 3 times since the move to Petco. Mays has 2 of those seasons.

In 2055, in the hitter friendly CB Park, Mays hit a career high 209 base hits. He posyed his best npa OPS+ season (though an actual OPS+ was probably had in 2046) with a 193 from a 335/397/705 line.

Of his 3037 career hits 750 were HRs. He also rapped 512 doubles and 76 triples while slashing 300/375/589 for a npa OPS+ of 163.

He ranks 20th in career hits. His HR total is 4th best (7 ahead of Reggie Jackson, 13 behind Albert Pujols). He is tied for 60th on the doubles list, 2 ahead of Gary Sheffield. He is tied with Andre Dawson for 51st most career triples. He is sandwiched between Kevin Mitchell and Beals Becker for 17th on the career slg list, He is 20th on the OPS list, between Hack Miller and Tim Jordan.

Willie Mays ranks 6th on the career RBI list with 2101. His 1912 runs scored (6 fewer than Ty Cobb) rank him 9th. Mays also stole 203 bases.

On the all-time WAR list, he has no peer. His career total of 164.3 is the best ever.

Mays enters on the First Ballot Standard in his first year of eligibility.

Black Ink: 52 (57)
Gray Ink: 219 (337)
HOFm: 413 (376)
HOFs: 81 (76)

Gorilla Composite: 7.8 (8.4)

Mays is the 49th player inducted into both OOTP HOF, the 45th RL HOFer inducted here, and the 18th RL HOFer to be inducted into both OOTP HOF.

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Graig Nettles also gets in on the First Ballot Standard, but he had to wait until his second year of eligibility to be screened. This will not happen in the next league's HOF.

Like Mays, he was drafted in 2040. He was taken by the A's with the 16th pick.

Nettles was rookie of the year in 2041 as he hit 49 HRs and drove in 141 while batting .321.

An 8 time All Star and 8 time winner of the GG (5x3B, 3x1B) Nettles was league MVP three times.

In 2045 Nettles batted .345 with 59 HRs and 152 RBI to win the league Triple Crown. His npa OPS_ of 196 from that year was the best of his career.

Nettles played in 4 post seasons and 2 WS, but never won a title.

His 2834 career hits is 26th most in league history. His 696 HRs is 10th most (one ahead of John Mayberry Sr and 4 behind Rogers Hornsby). His 2075 RBI ranks him 7th and his 1697 runs scored is 18th best.

281/368/537 gives him a career npa OPS+ of 143.

Black Ink: 35 (4)
Gray Ink: 156 (56)
HOFm: 252.5 (63)
HOFs: 69 (31)

Gorilla Composite: 5.5 (1.6)

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Home Run Baker, Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, John Smiley, Roy Campanella, Evan Longoria, and Duke Farrell are among the notables to join the league in 2067.

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