Friday, August 13, 2010
HOF Class of Season 19: Discussion: Willis Little
I am confused as to what is preventing Willis Little from getting into the Ruth Hall of Fame. He is second on the all time saves list with 397. More impressively, his career WHIP is 1.17. As a full time closer the most blown saves he had in one season was 6. His career save percentage was .892. The next closest was Kevin Perez at .885. The next player drops to .875. He was the best a doing his job that we have had yet. He was a 5 time fireman of the year, a nine time all star and won a world series.
So what is the argument against him? I suppose it is possible to argue he only pitched 730 innings. His numbers don't really compare to Lee Smith, who is not in the real life Hall of Fame but if there is one statistic that is harder to accumulate in HBD, compared to real life, it is saves.
Over his career I feel Little is the benchamrk of what great closers are compared to. For that reason I say he deserves inlusion in the Ruth League Hall of Fame.