Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Hall of Fame Candidate: Hawk Walker
Hawk Walker the name is legendary. He was a ground breaker, scoring the first $20million max contract. He won the first world series in HBD history. He won Cy Young in the AL during the first 2 seasons of Ruth World, during the "Steroids" Era. 131 wins in 11 recorded seasons, retiring at 42.A .236 career oav, .298 obp, .367 slg. A career WHIP of 1.20 and 3.40 ERA. These numbers over 11 HBD seasons also include 3 final seasons where he pitched a total of 176.1 ip and had 5 wins, mostly pitching out of the pen. In his career from age 31-39 he won 126 games, an average of 14 wins a season, while only losing under 5 games per season. You can only imagine what the numbers would look like if he had stats for the 7 seasons he pitched in the majors before HBD was created.
So why hasn't he made it? Only 1600 career IP, Only 131 career wins. He is a victim of mid-career creation. Last season he had 14 votes, is this the season?