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Elvis Andrus: HOF shortstop?


Greetings from the future! I travel back in time today to ask everyone a question. Tomorrow, the 2029 HOF results are released. This may seem like an arbitrary year, but it is exactly 5 years after Elvis Andrus retired. One of my favorite Rangers of all-time, this is his first try on the ballot. My purpose here is to reveal to you his career statistics, and present a small part of his case. Is he worthy? You decide.

Elvis Andrus

Year

fWAR

Age

2009

3.1

20

2010

2

21

2011

4.2

22

2012

4

23

2013

2.8

24

2014

4.1

25

2015

5

26

2016

4.6

27

2017

4.2

28

2018

4.4

29

2019

3.6

30

2020

3.3

31

2021

2.8

32

2022

2.5

33

2023

2

34

2024

1.5

35

Average

3.38125

Total

54.1

That career WAR total places him 16th of all 24 HOF shortstops (as of 2014, including Jeter and Vizquel because in due time they got in), and if you restrict it to only HOF shortstops after 1950, he moves up to 7th all time, behind only Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith, Ernie Banks, and Robin Yount. Not too shabby if you ask me.

Now, I know, WAR is not the end-all-be-all when it comes to greatness. Lucky for us, an even more telling benchmark exists in which he is arguably the all-time leader. His career xSMILE (not an acronym) is off the charts, hovering somewhere between fluffy puppies and bean-free chili. Between the WAR and the fluorine, the Grins and the Wins, the Glove and the Love, the choice is clear.

So I only have one question:

Elvis Andrus - Hall of Famer, or the GREATEST Hall of Famer?

p.s. (satire font)

p.p.s. Entire career with Texas

p.p.p.s. in 2029 the BBWAA has been stripped of voting powers, and voting belongs to SBN baseball blog members. You're welcome :)

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