Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hall of Fame Candidate: Stump May
I will begin with a definitive statement, Stump May is not a Hall of Famer. He is worth talking about however because 80% of his games were played as a catcher (the pitching results are not pretty). The hitting results however are awesome. A career ops of .985 is about as good as it gets. Comparing that to major league records he would come it at #10 all time between Ramirez and McGwire ahead of Musial, Mantle, DiMaggio. The numbers are impressive. He retired young (36) and really didn't start collecting real stats until he was 25, he has a few imaginary seasons. 402 homers though is way below what we are talking about (701 homers didn't get a vote last season!!!!). The career numbers a fun to look at and he was a 5 time all star (as a horrible defensive catcher) but not Hall of Fame worthy. Comparison? I am not sure, and this is a stretch, but possibly imagine taking the 11 best years of Jason Giambi and forcing him to catch and you might have Stump May.