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.

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