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12/9/18 8:06 PM Quote
Two players from the great 1982 MLB season were honored today as Harold Baines and Lee Smith were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16 voters on the Lau/Hriniak* Era Panel.

Smith was unanimous. Baines received the minimum votes required, 12. Both players were compilers who were good--sometimes very good--but never great players. Which was fitting for the "normalized" era that their career timelines mostly coincided with. Neither player won a championship despite their longevity.

Baines never received more than six percent of the vote from the writers.

Baines got enough votes from the Lau/Hriniak* Era Panel because two of the committee members included White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and former White Sox manager Tony La Russa. Reinsdorf had Baines' #3 retired by the Sox in 1989 when they traded him to Texas. The A's traded for Baines in 1990 when La Russa managed them.

In 113 post season plate appearances, Baines posted an impressive slashline: .324/.378/.510

Memorable moment: It was Baines who ended the eight hour, six minute, 25 inning game played on May 8-9 1984 at Comiskey Park with his homerun to centerfield.


1982 Lee Smith was one of five relievers on the Cubs with good stats. In S-O-M simulation, his poor stats from his five starts from '82 are blended in with his excellent stats from his 67 relief appearances that year.


Harold Baines was a key player on hugely fascinating and fun 1982 White Sox club.

Here's a lineup example from 1982 White Sox:

Tony Bernazard-------2b-2 e14
Rudy Law-------------cf-4(+3) e13
Tom Paciorek---------1b-4 e11
Harold Baines--------rf-2(-2) e6
Greg Luzinski--------DH
Steve Kemp-----------lf-4(+1) e8
Carlton Fisk---------c-2(0) e2,T-1-3(pb-4)
Vance Law------------ss-4 e40
Aurelio Rodriguez----3b-2 e17

Winning ugly with Rudy Law in centerfield. Ron LeFlore [cf-4(+3) e25] was their other main option. Had Jerry Hairston been a regular instead of Kemp, the S-O-M outfield might often feature this setup:

R.Law in left------[3(+3) e13]
Baines in center--[4(-2) e6]
Hairston in right--[3(-1) e7]

At short, Vance Law was their best defensive player, rated 4 e40. Their other main option there was Bill Almon, rated 4 e48.

1982 Baines was a stabilizer.

A stabilizer is a position player who started nearly all his team's games, hit well against both left and right pitching, and is at least serviceable defensively. In the case of a lefty hitter like Baines, his stabilizer status is reinforced by his slightly superior stats against lefty pitching:

1982 Baines vs. RHP----.266/.321/.461
1982 Baines vs. LHP----.282/.323/.485

1982 Baines was rated *6/-(17-6) for stealing and was a 15 runner. Though not clutch favorable, he's only minimally hampered in those S-O-M designated situations.

Stabilizers like 1982 Baines allow teams to carry a specialty player or two on their rosters.

The ultimate stabilizers of 1982 were Gary Carter and Terry Kennedy. Good defensive catchers who hit very well versus right and left and started nearly all their team's games. They only had one carded backup, each. Both scrubs.

* analytic license used by author. Point of personal privilege.

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