Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hall of Fame Review-Kane Hobbes

Kane Hobbes is our next hall of famer review. I'll take a look at his career and give a little insight as to why he was elected. With 3 members of the inaugural class, I'm breaking this up over a few weeks to give you guys that read these posts something to keep you busy. Keep an eye on the blog over the next few days as we will also start the voting for our next member of the owner Hall of Fame.

1B Kane Hobbes
Hobbes made his way into the league back in season 1 when it all started. He broke in with a very successful team in Fargo and played out his first 4 full seasons there. In season 5 he was with Fargo until being traded to the AL's Washington D.C. Bullets. Before the start of season 6 he was traded to Minnesota, another very successful team. He would go on to play his next 2 seasons in Minnesota before leaving in free agency before season 8. In season 8 he signed with the Chicago Unions. He would remain with that franchise for the next 3 seasons. In season 9 the franchise moved to Hartford and he played there for through season 10. In season 11, the franchise picked up and moved to Atlanta and half way through the season they traded him away to Milwaukee. Milwaukee is where Hobbes would end his career after season 12.
In 12 seasons, Hobbes had 1228 runs scored with a career high in season 6 with 133. He racked up 1953 hits with a high of 191 in season 7. He had 362 doubles with 46 as a career high in season 3. He had 39 triples, and while he wasn't known for hitting them, he had at least one in every season. He ended with 323 homers as he hit over 20 in every season of his career with a high of 34 in season 11. He added 1110 rbi with 4 seasons over 100 and a high of 114 in season 12. He was great at drawing walks as he finished with 1094 and 7 seasons over 100. He also never struck out more than 100 times in a season. He wasn't a speedster but still managed to steal 157 bases. Hobbes finished his career as a .294 hitter with an OBP of .398, and a SLG of .506. Hobbes was also pretty good in the post season. In 81 post season games he hit 20 homers, had 69 rbi, 57 runs, .278 average and .352 obp.
Hobbes earned his only World Series ring with Fargo Wood Chippers in season 3. That same season, he was the All Star game MVP. He won 3 gold gloves at firstbase. Hobbes was a 7 time allstar as well. That is quite a few accomplishments for this Hall of Famer. To add to that, he stands 2nd in career walks. Hobbes was a very well established player in his career and well deserving of his enshrinement. He goes in as the first player to enter the hall wearing a hat for the very successful Fargo Wood Chipper franchise.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hall of Fame Review-Javier Gabriel

Well since we have our leagues first inductions into the Hall of Fame I figure it's time to take a look at the careers of the players that will be inducted into the hall. I'll probably be doing this as a series of posts by taking a look at each one individually. Let's get it started.

LF/1B Javier Gabriel
Javier Gabriel started his career with the Hartford Berserkers, way back in Season 1. He was traded halfway through that first season to Salt Lake City, where he would play the rest of season 1 and season 2. In season 3 the franchise moved to Portland and he went along for the ride. He stayed with the franchise in season 4 as the team moved to LA and he played there through season 5. Before season 6 the franchise moved to Albuquerque and traded him away to Fargo. He would play there the next 2 seasons. Before season 8 started he was once again traded as he headed to Atlanta. The Atlanta franchise moved to Durham in season 10 and that's where he would play until season 13. In season 14 he left Durham and went on to play in the minors for 1 season in Ottawa to end his career.
Financially, this may be one of the lowest paid Hall of Famers ever. He was locked up for most of his career and never really tested the free agent waters. He made 52.012 million over his career, when many players are signing contracts like that over a few seasons and may never see the hall of fame. He was a bargain for sure.
Gabriel has some awards in his cabinet back at home in Nizao de Bani, DO. He won the NL MVP back in season 4 and then 5 seasons later he won the award in the AL as well. Surprisingly, he only made the all star game 2 times in his career and both came during his MVP seasons. He was a 1B Silver Slugger in season 4, and LF Silver Slugger in season 9. Seasons 4 and 9 where the seasons he racked up his awards, but he was a very good player the rest of his career as well.
Gabriel the player was known for his power and ability to get on base. A career .604 slugger with a career OBP of .399 and .301 batting average. He hit 536 homers in his 13 seasons with his high of 55 coming in seasons 4 and 5. He hit over 50 four times in his career and over 40 seven times. He had 1375 career RBI, with his most coming in seasons 4 and 9 with 136. He had over 100 RBI 8 times. He also added 5 seasons of over 100 runs. While he never had a season with 100 walks he still had 962 for his career while only striking out 757 times. He batted a .301 for his career and hit over .300 seven times. He batted over .290 ten times. At the time of this writing Gabriel is 4th in career homers, 4th in intentional walks with 160, 4th in OBP+Slg at 1.003, and 3rd in slugging.
Javier Gabriel had a very good career and while he didn't rack up the awards every season, the owners in the league saw through that and inducted this very deserving player into the first Hall of Fame class of Pine Tar.