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4 Ex-Twins Who Could Make the 2023 Hall of Fame Ballot


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The 2022 MLB Hall of Fame results are in and a former Minnesota Twin has been elected to Cooperstown. Here are the four Ex-Twins who have a shot at making the ballot for 2023.

Torii Hunter
Resumé
- 19 Seasons
- 353 Home Runs
- 5x All-Star
- 9x Gold Glove
- 2x Silver Slugger

After receiving 5.3% of the vote share in the 2022 voting, former Minnesota Twins center fielder, Torii Hunter, clinched a spot on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot as a holdover. Hunter had an extremely successful career in the Majors, as evidenced by his 19 seasons in the Big Leagues. Thanks to the multiple all-star appearances and nine Gold Glove awards, Hunter earned enough votes to stay on the ballot. While he certainly won’t make it to Cooperstown, he has the potential to add to his vote share in 2023 with big names such as David Ortiz, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens falling off the ballot.

Glen Perkins
Resumé
- 12 Seasons
- 3.88 ERA
- 3x All-Star
- 120 Saves

Now that five years have passed since his retirement, Glen Perkins will finally have a shot at making the Hall of Fame ballot for 2023. Perkins provided the rare accomplishment of completing a double-digit year career with the same team as he played all 12 of his MLB seasons with the Minnesota Twins. After struggling mightily as a starting pitcher, the Twins moved Glen Perkins to the bullpen full time in August of 2010 where he thrived. In his career as a reliever, Perkins amassed a 3.09 ERA with 120 saves and three all-star appearances. Perkins certainly won’t stay on the ballot for any period of time, but a ballot appearance is possible.

R.A. Dickey
Resumé
- 15 Seasons
- 4.04 ERA
- 2012 NL Cy Young
- 1x All-Star
- 1x Gold Glove

While Dickey reached impressive heights, highlighted by a Cy Young Award, many forget that he once played for the Minnesota Twins. Dickey pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 2009 after the Twins signed Dickey to a Minor League contract that offseason. Dickey appeared in 35 games for the Twins, mostly as a reliever, posting a 4.62 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. Dickey was then plucked away from the Twins via the Rule 5 draft in 2010 where he would ultimately end up in New York with the Mets where he used his knuckleball to thrive as a starter, winning the previously mentioned Cy Young in 2012. Although he won the top award for an MLB pitcher, Dickey doesn’t figure to get much run on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot.

J.J. Hardy
Resumé
- 13 Seasons
- 1,488 Hits
- 188 Home Runs
- 2x All-Star
- 3x Gold Glove
- 1x Silver Slugger

After acquiring J.J. Hardy in exchange for Carlos Goméz ahead of the 2010 season, Hardy played one season in Minnesota where he posted a .268 average with six home runs. Hardy provided excellent defense for the Twins at the shortstop position and was a constant presence in their lineup during their inaugural season at Target Field, after which he was ultimately traded away. Playing 13 seasons in the big leagues at the shortstop position is certainly impressive and might be enough to put him on the Hall of Fame ballot, however similar to the other players, he doesn’t figure to stay on the ballot for long.

Do you think any of the above players have a chance to last on the Hall of Fame ballot? What memories do you have of these ex-Twins during their time in Minnesota? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!


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1 hour ago, Johnny Ringo said:

Torii has little or no shot to stay on the ballot but he has only a marginally lower career WAR (50.7 vs 55.3) than David Ortiz. Chew on that folks. 

Excellent insight. It's a combo platter of Torii being underrated and Ortiz overrated. No defensive WAR for Ortiz. At least Torii made $171MM over his career and Ortiz $159.5MM. 

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2 hours ago, Johnny Ringo said:

Torii has little or no shot to stay on the ballot but he has only a marginally lower career WAR (50.7 vs 55.3) than David Ortiz. Chew on that folks. 

For me, it's a Hall of FAME, and wins above replacement is only a starting point for discussion.  Papi (and Kirby for that matter) was famous to a degree that Torii could only imagine.  A borderline candidate can go in or stay out based on his level of fame.

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9 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

Glen is cool, and was very good... But Joe Nathan should be in the Billy Wagner category. He should be in that 25-40% range. Glen may get a vote or two. 

I agree, I wondered if there would be a familiarity with Perkins among fans.  He seemed to connect with the fan base more than Nathan on a personal level.  But you are right Nathan was the bullpen ace.   Glen had 8.9 WAR and 120 saves,  Nathan had 26.7 WAR and 377 saves.   We could use both of them right now!

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11 hours ago, theBOMisthebomb said:

Excellent insight. It's a combo platter of Torii being underrated and Ortiz overrated. No defensive WAR for Ortiz. At least Torii made $171MM over his career and Ortiz $159.5MM. 

I was lucky to be around Torii a couple of times. A nicer man, you will not find. 

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11 hours ago, theBOMisthebomb said:

Excellent insight. It's a combo platter of Torii being underrated and Ortiz overrated. No defensive WAR for Ortiz. At least Torii made $171MM over his career and Ortiz $159.5MM. 

Tori has a bit of a chance IMO. He did play on the coast for a while, and he was extremely popular with the writers. The HR robbing catch of Bonds in the Allstar game also gave him a very big star moment. Not that he actually gets in though I think he deserves too, he could stay on the ballet for a while.

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15 hours ago, mikelink45 said:

Four more who will not make it.  But this raises the big question - Glen Perkins or Joe Nathan????

Not that big of a question, really. I love Glen, he was terrific for us once he moved to the 'pen, but Nathan was significantly better and more dominant. Nathan deserved a longer look, I think he's Hall-worthy. He doesn't get the recognition because he overlapped with rivera, the best of all-time. (It's like Tim Raines, who was always great, but people forgot about him because he overlapped with ickey, who was the greatest leadoff man of all-time)

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13 minutes ago, Karbo said:

Tori has a bit of a chance IMO. He did play on the coast for a while, and he was extremely popular with the writers. The HR robbing catch of Bonds in the Allstar game also gave him a very big star moment. Not that he actually gets in though I think he deserves too, he could stay on the ballet for a while.

Andruw Jones needs to get in first. Jones has more WAR in fewer seasons, more homers, was a better defender and a better hitter, but fell off a cliff after he left Atlanta. Torii had a unique career where he was an elite defender in the first half of his career but not a good hitter, and then a good/great hitter and average defender the second half of his career. 

In my eyes, Jones is more borderline but should be in, and Torii is not close to borderline. There are several CF'ers who have better candidacies than Torii who are not in, including Kenny Lofton, Jim Edmonds and even Bernie Williams.

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4 hours ago, dex8425 said:

Andruw Jones needs to get in first. Jones has more WAR in fewer seasons, more homers, was a better defender and a better hitter, but fell off a cliff after he left Atlanta. Torii had a unique career where he was an elite defender in the first half of his career but not a good hitter, and then a good/great hitter and average defender the second half of his career. 

In my eyes, Jones is more borderline but should be in, and Torii is not close to borderline. There are several CF'ers who have better candidacies than Torii who are not in, including Kenny Lofton, Jim Edmonds and even Bernie Williams.

I am not a fan of either Andrew Jones or Torii Hunter getting in.  I would support Lofton but would put Edmunds and WIlliams into the not quite good enough category. 

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7 minutes ago, mikelink45 said:

I am not a fan of either Andrew Jones or Torii Hunter getting in.  I would support Lofton but would put Edmunds and WIlliams into the not quite good enough category. 

Interesting. They are all noteworthy comparisons and all pretty similar: 

Lofton: 8120AB, 2428 hits, 130 HR's, .299 avg, 107 ops+, 68.4 WAR, 6x All star, 4 gold gloves and 1 season top 10 MVP votes. Value primarily came as a base stealer and solid defender, but not a great hitter.

Williams: 7869AB, 2336 hits, 287HR's, .297 avg., 125 ops+, 49.6 WAR, 4x AS, 4x GG, twice top ten in MVP voting. He raked, especially in the postseason, but was not a great defender. He was the best hitter on four WS champ teams.

Edmonds: 6858 AB, 1949 hits, 393 HR's, .284 avg., 132 ops+, 60.4WAR, 4x AS, 8xGG, twice top ten in MVP votes. Great complete hitter and great defender, but the shortest career of these guys. Didn't seem to have the HOF vibe during playing days.

Jones: 7599AB, 1933 hits, 434 HR's, .254 avg., 111 ops+, 62.7 WAR, 5x AS, 10x GG, twice top ten in MVP votes. The greatest defensive centerfielder ever, and also has 434 career homers. Will definitely be elected in 2024 or 2025.

Hunter:  8857 AB, 2452 hits, 353 HR's, .277 avg., 110 ops+, 50.7 WAR, 5x AS, 9 gold gloves, once top ten in MVP voting. Great defender the first half of his career, then a good hitter and solid defender his second half of career. Doesn't have a high enough peak for me. 

I'd definitely put Jones in among these five. Edmonds and Lofton are very borderline and probably will get in someday. Torii's peak wasn't high enough. Lofton was a victim of a crowded 2013 ballot and playing in the AL alongside Ken Griffey Jr.

 

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2 hours ago, dex8425 said:

Interesting. They are all noteworthy comparisons and all pretty similar: 

Lofton: 8120AB, 2428 hits, 130 HR's, .299 avg, 107 ops+, 68.4 WAR, 6x All star, 4 gold gloves and 1 season top 10 MVP votes. Value primarily came as a base stealer and solid defender, but not a great hitter.

Williams: 7869AB, 2336 hits, 287HR's, .297 avg., 125 ops+, 49.6 WAR, 4x AS, 4x GG, twice top ten in MVP voting. He raked, especially in the postseason, but was not a great defender. He was the best hitter on four WS champ teams.

Edmonds: 6858 AB, 1949 hits, 393 HR's, .284 avg., 132 ops+, 60.4WAR, 4x AS, 8xGG, twice top ten in MVP votes. Great complete hitter and great defender, but the shortest career of these guys. Didn't seem to have the HOF vibe during playing days.

Jones: 7599AB, 1933 hits, 434 HR's, .254 avg., 111 ops+, 62.7 WAR, 5x AS, 10x GG, twice top ten in MVP votes. The greatest defensive centerfielder ever, and also has 434 career homers. Will definitely be elected in 2024 or 2025.

Hunter:  8857 AB, 2452 hits, 353 HR's, .277 avg., 110 ops+, 50.7 WAR, 5x AS, 9 gold gloves, once top ten in MVP voting. Great defender the first half of his career, then a good hitter and solid defender his second half of career. Doesn't have a high enough peak for me. 

I'd definitely put Jones in among these five. Edmonds and Lofton are very borderline and probably will get in someday. Torii's peak wasn't high enough. Lofton was a victim of a crowded 2013 ballot and playing in the AL alongside Ken Griffey Jr.

 

Note that Lofton has more WAR than Jones.  Most (except Hunter) are very close, but Lofton is the only one that rises enough for me.  I am not upset if none get in. 

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