Rank 'Em: 2012 Cooperstown candidates

Created: January 6, 2011, 8:51 AM

Where does Tim Raines rank?

Who are the best Hall of Fame candidates for 2012?

As ESPN.com's Rob Neyer points out, best may be a relative term in this discussion. There aren't a lot of big names, at least by Cooperstown standards, among the first-time candidates for the Hall of Fame in the next round of balloting. And with Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven gaining entry this year, the list of holdover candidates also lost some luster.

There are no guarantees anyone will be elected in 2012. But before we get to whether or not they belong in the Hall of Fame, how do you first size up some of the strongest candidates? Rank the players below.


 
 
  • 15 seasons
    2,314 hits
    449 home runs
    202 stolen bases
    .297 BA, .948 OPS
  • 19 seasons
    2,340 hits
    198 home runs
    379 stolen bases
    .295 BA, .815 OPS
  • 18 seasons
    2,247 hits
    309 home runs
    .312 BA, .933 OPS
  • 14 seasons
    2,153 hits
    222 home runs
    .307 BA, .830 OPS
  • 19 seasons
    2,490 hits
    493 home runs
    .284 BA, .886 OPS
  • 16 seasons
    1,626 hits
    583 home runs
    .263 BA, .982 OPS
  • 18 seasons
    254-186
    3.90 ERA
    2,478 strikeouts
  • 18 seasons
    2,111 hits
    398 home runs
    .265 BA, .815 OPS
  • 20 seasons
    3,020 hits
    569 home runs
    .288 BA, .885 OPS
  • 19 seasons
    2,712 hits
    339 home runs
    .290 BA, .810 OPS
  • 23 seasons
    2,605 hits
    808 SB, 1,571 R
    .294 BA, .810 OPS
  • 18 seasons
    478 saves
    3.03 ERA
  • 20 seasons
    2,365 hits
    185 home runs
    .285 BA, .767 OPS
  • 17 seasons
    2,160 hits
    383 home runs
    .313 BA, .965 OPS
  • 16 seasons
    2,336 hits
    287 home runs
    .297 BA, .858 OPS