A case for Dave Concepcion in the HOF
Using the JAWS metric to evaluate the 2010 expansion era ballot candidates
The 12-candidate ballot announced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday wasn't the veterans committee ballot typically unveiled this time of year, because the veterans committee is no more.
Radically expanded back in 2001 to include all living Hall of Fame members as well as surviving Ford C. Frick Award and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winners, that body was quietly smothered out of existence this summer. It was replaced by three era-specific 16-member panels designed to take up the cases of executives, managers, and umpires -- as well as players whose 15-year eligibility on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot has expired.
The ballot in question is the expansion-era ballot, explicitly covering candidates "whose most significant career impact was realized during the 1973-present time frame."
Just as with the candidates on any BBWAA or VC ballot, the eight players on the expansion-era ballot are ripe for evaluation via JAWS, a statistic devised to compare Hall of Fame nominees' career and peak wins above replacement player totals against those of the average enshrined player at his position.
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