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#1 Nicholas Mueller

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

As I woke up at 4 in the morning to watch the Mariners and A's, I couldn't stop thinking to myself, is Ichiro bound for the hall of fame? Over his 11 year career, he's averaged 200+ hits a year with 8 home runs. So his total hits are 2428, 95 home runs, and 423 stolen bases. Now, obviously at these statistics, people might not want to include him in the Hall. Eventually, my decision was that if Ichiro had made his MLB debut at an earlier age than 27, he would have had a greater chance of making it. Now, what are your thoughts on him, is he bound for the Hall?

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:03 PM

There are some who will disagree, but he's a shoe-in MLB HOFer. As of now he doesn't have 3,000 hits (578 to go), but his stats in 11 seasons of MLB play are astronomically great. I know it is speculation, but I think he will make it to 3,000. He will be 39 this year, but in my opinion last year was an abberration and he will hit .300+ this year and a few more to follow. He still has the quicks and he seems to be the kind of player who will age very well. He is a different kind of animal, nobody in baseball is quite like him and I don't expect to see another of his ilk. Last year's Seattle Mariners squad was offensively inept and sometimes bad hitting can be contagious. He would not be the first great player to suffer a bad year on a bad offensive club. I understand the warning signs. Ichiro WILL bounce back. Plus, as far as HOF consideration, don't discount his super stardom in Japan and how that has positively effected MLB popularity in that country. That too, will also be a factor.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

I don't see how it doesn't get in at this point. Even if he retired today, I think the voters would put him in on the first ballot.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:08 PM

I think he'll end up with 2,800 or so MLB hits. For me, that puts him in. It'll be curious, though, because I don't think he'll go in on the first ballot. Some of those voters -- the old codgers -- won't even consider anything he did in Japan, even the fact that it resulted in a later MLB debut. I bet he'll go in the second or third year of eligibility, though.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:25 PM

Now, what are your thoughts on him, is he bound for the Hall?


He's a shoo-in.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:58 PM

I think he'll end up with 2,800 or so MLB hits. For me, that puts him in.
It'll be curious, though, because I don't think he'll go in on the first ballot. Some of those voters -- the old codgers -- won't even consider anything he did in Japan, even the fact that it resulted in a later MLB debut.
I bet he'll go in the second or third year of eligibility, though.


Mr. Twins Fans From Afar. You are right about the fact that his overseas stats won't count with the "Old Codgers" (nice old school term!). Maybe they shouldn't? I think Ichiro will be a first ballot HOFer, but 2nd or 3rd ballot is not too bad. I am still perplexed by the 3rd ballot induction of Ryne Sandberg... I am not a Cub's Fan, but that one still unsettles me to this day. Oh well, it all worked out.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:07 PM

Absolutely, first ballot.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:31 PM

I'd like to see how he ranks among other outfielders who are in the Hall before I form an opinion. I think that the only comparable style outfielder (high OBP, lower SLG) is Tony Gwynn and his numbers are much better than Ichiro's. And, yes, position matters. Were he a second baseman, it would had been easier, but as an outfielder? Not sure really...
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:34 PM

Ichiro will go in the Hall but I dont think he will get in his first I think 2nd year on the ballot

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:29 PM

I'd like to see how he ranks among other outfielders who are in the Hall before I form an opinion. I think that the only comparable style outfielder (high OBP, lower SLG) is Tony Gwynn and his numbers are much better than Ichiro's. And, yes, position matters. Were he a second baseman, it would had been easier, but as an outfielder? Not sure really...


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

1st ballot, no doubt.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

Ichiro: Let's not forget his outstanding defense and his cannon arm. That has to come into play. A .326 BA and .370 OBP is more than HOF good. A .338 BA for Tony Gwynn is the stuff dreams are made of. No one can reasonably dispute his place in the HOF. He also revolutionized the art of hitting by studying his mechanical flaws from game day video... many have followed his lead. Both of these guys are GREAT artists of hitting!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

I feel like I'm answering the question, "Will the sun come up tomorrow?" But yes, he's going in. Thrylos98, I feel like you're answering the question, "Should he go in?" Which may be a more debatable subject, I guess, but to answer that question, too...Yes. Obviously very different situations, and I agree that the old codgers will consider them very differently even though, in effect, they really aren't, but Puckett only played 12 seasons.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:56 PM

I don't have faith in anyone getting in first ballot anymore.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:19 PM

Ichiro seems to have opened up a new door in baseball with the Japan market--and that is still getting wider. His bridging the two styles of play so well cant be put into numbers (though I'm sure some sabermetrics mind has already done it) and for me, thats enough to put him in first ballot. There is a snobbish, or maybe purist-minded prejudice against the Japan baseball world from our American perspective--and certainly it isnt so hostile as the blatant racism-feuled prejudice of the Negro leauges, but Ichiro's part in connecting Japan and American baseball cannot be overstated in my mind.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

Ichiro seems to have opened up a new door in baseball with the Japan market--and that is still getting wider. His bridging the two styles of play so well cant be put into numbers (though I'm sure some sabermetrics mind has already done it) and for me, thats enough to put him in first ballot. There is a snobbish, or maybe purist-minded prejudice against the Japan baseball world from our American perspective--and certainly it isnt so hostile as the blatant racism-feuled prejudice of the Negro leauges, but Ichiro's part in connecting Japan and American baseball cannot be overstated in my mind.


Success Stories: Ichiro, H. Matsui, Nomo, Sasaki & Kuroda. Zach, sabremetrics will probably not be able to define Ichiro as we see he should be defined, but he is great none-the-less. In my mind, heart, and moral system I feel racism in the game of baseball has been, for the most part erradicated. Let us not forget about Jackie Robinson's struggles for equality, against racism and the hardships he had to endure. He opened the door for many and paid a great price for his sacrifice. When I hear the name of Jackie Robinson mentioned I do not equate that to baseball, but equate that name to the fight for civil rights, pride, honor, and to be treated like a human being. Sorry for my rant, Ichiro is a HOFer... hands down... no doubt.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:13 AM

Yes he will go in, if only to get some Japanese tourists to visit Cooperstown. But cynicism aside he also belongs. Question who playing today is a lock? Mariano, Jeter are tow that jump at me. Chipper and Ichiro should be. Albert. Those come off the top of my head.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:48 AM

Ichiro is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer. Hardly any rational thinker could doubt this.