For the second year in a row, there was a tie vote in the annual Circle of Greats Balloting, so we will have a run-off election between the two tied players, Carlos Beltran and Bill Dahlen.
Beltran was bested in last year’s run-off against Roy Halladay, a contest that presented the challenge of evaluating an everyday player against a pitcher. This year’s contest is equally as challenging if not more so, comparing two everyday players whose careers are separated by more than a century. More after the jump.
|per 162 games||162||691||612||99||171||35||5||27||99||20||3||68||112||.279||.350||.486||.837||119||298|
|per 162 games||162||692||599||105||163||27||11||6||82||36||71||50||.272||.358||.382||.740||110||229|
Comparing players separated by so many decades presents an interesting challenge. Here’s a run down on some of the things that can be compared directly:
|Career WAR (B-R/FanGraphs)||70.1/67.8||75.2/77.5|
|Career WAA (B-R)||34.4||39.4|
|10 Year Peak WAR/WAA (B-R)||52.6/31.8 (age 22-31)||47.1/28.0 (age 26-35)|
|Career oWAR/dWAR (B-R)||66.6/2.0||62.5/28.5|
|Career Rbat+Rbaser (B-R/FanGraphs)||317/312.5||147/167.5|
|Career Rfield+Rpos (B-R/FanGraphs)||24/4.2||284/274.1|
|Pennant-winning teams||2 times||1 time|
|World Series championships||1 time||1 time|
|Hall of Fame selection||No||No|
|Hall of Fame standards (B-R) 50=avg HOFer||52||48|
|JAWS Ranking (B-R)||9th (CF)||11th (SS)|
Here’s a look at the their Top 100 career rankings by B-R.
|Top 100 Rankings||G||PA||R||H||2B||3B||HR||XBH||RBI||BB||SB||WAR||WAA||oWAR||dWAR|
So, the choice is yours. However you decide, your ballot in this runoff round, unlike the usual three-name ballot, should identify only the one candidate you prefer (you will also need to add at least a little bit of extra verbiage though, because the WordPress engine that supports the site won’t accept comments of only one or two words).
All votes must be in by 11:59PM EST on Sunday night, February 12th, with vote changes allowed until 11:59PM EST on Friday night, February 10th. If the result of this runoff is still a tie, the last vote cast will be discarded to determine the winner. So, vote early to ensure your vote counts! If you would like to keep track of the vote tally for the runoff, you can check this tally spreadsheet: COG 1978 Runoff Vote Tally.