Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Season 25 Hall of Fame Candidates, Part Two
Yet another installation of my Hall of Fame posting. Solid Candidates Benito Aquino - Catcher Aquino spent 14 of his 17 major leagues behind the Anaheim Angels dish, hiting .276/.341/.485 with 443 HRs and 347 doubles. Aquino went to the All-Star Game four times, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award in Season 15 and the Home Run Derby crown in Season 16, plus won the Gold Glove once, won the Silver Slugger once, and won World Series Rings in Seasons 16 and 18 (both with the Angels, both with Jake Benson). Aquino received a high of 2 Hall votes in Season 24. Jake Benson - CF Jake Benson split his 16 seasons primarily between the Oakland Bay City Bullies, the Toronto Elite Thunder Bolts, and the Anaheim Angels. Benson hit .277/.371/456 with 288 home runs, 521 doubles, and 1086 stolen bases (while caught just 60 times). He played in 9 All-Star Games, won the AL Rookie of the Year in Season 5, won Silver Sluggers 7 times, and won World Series Rings in Seasons 16 and 18 (both with the Angels, both with Benito Aquino). Benson is 5th all-time in doubles, 3rd in runs (with 1,784; both ahead of Benson are in the Hall), and 1st in stolen bases (with 1,086, nearly 200 above anyone else). Benson received a high of 6 votes in Season 23. William DeJean - Starting Pitcher DeJean spent 18 seasons in the majors, split between the Cleveland Grey Sox Senators, the Oakland Bay City Bullies, and Monterrey EXPRESS, among others. DeJean in 550 games (all but 3 were starts) went 228-155 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He went to 2 All-Star Games, won the AL Cy Young Award in Season 14 with the Oakland Knightmare, and won World Series Rings in Seasons 9 and 12 (both with the Oakland Bay City Bullies). Anthony Dickens - RF Dickens spent 10 of his 16 season with the Toledo Mud Hens. He hit .293/.401/.481 with 332 home runs and 436 doubles. He played in 7 All-Start Games, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award in Season 5, won the AL MVP Award in Season 6 (with the Mud Hens), won 4 Silver Sluggers, and won a World Series Ring in Season 5 (Mud Hens again). Hopefully, tomorrow and Par 3 will close out this Series.