Retroplay RE-set Hall of Fame

9/17/19: And it begins….(the hiatus, I mean). Don’t expect much in the way of updates (site-wide) until I get my current work out of the way and put the finishing touches on the sprawling Retroplay baseball history replay project. By MLB Opening Day, 2020, I hope to have a definitive set of data and the first publications that result from the many years of time-consuming research, organization, and findings.

Within a day or two, the status of all of my web pages will be changing, as any premium plan features will go away (at least until I renew as a paid subscriber, likely sometime in 2020). Take care, and circle back later…

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4/18/19: Posted below are 10 pages (.jpg/JPEG format) that together comprise a nearly-final version of the Retroplay RE-set Hall of Fame (or better, Hall of [on-field] Achievement). In constructing this cleaned-up, trimmed-down version* of a players-only, numbers-only HOF/HOA, we’ve asked nobody for an opinion on any particular player. No, we’ve let the numbers make the case via a simple, tight formula, and that’s pretty much it.

[* — The original, complete list of 333 players who “made the cut” included those otherwise-qualified who were declared ineligible (by MLB) for HOF induction; PED-cheaters; those not yet retired 5 years, and even some still-active players like Pujols and Kershaw. You can download the Excel spreadsheet — “The Fortunate 440” — right here to facilitate comparison: RRHOF Register This spreadsheet includes: a) All official HOFers elected as players, managers, or “pioneers” with on-field MLB experience; b) All of those who met the RRHOF minimum 200 point standard, whether retired or active. The total number of men involved was 440. They were/are “fortunate” because they made it into either one HOF/HOA or both.]

Admittedly, something had to be done to accommodate the relief specialists, since WAR smiles on the innings-chewers, and not even one RP met the threshold of 200 points. Even Mariano Rivera, the Gold Standard by which all relievers can be measured, came in short at 191 (career WAR of 56.2 multiplied by WAR per 162 games of 3.4). Since we all should be able to agree that at least a small, representative contingent of the RP variety belongs in the Hall of Fame or a “Hall of Achievement,” some different criteria had to be developed to correct any across-the-board injustice at the hands of WAR and/or my use of it for all other players. So here’s what I hit upon:

1) Set Rivera’s totals of Saves (652), Career WAR (56.2), and WAR Per 162 Games (3.4) at the 100th percentile in each of those 3 categories; 2) Looked at each RP inducted into Cooperstown and all relievers in MLB history with 300+ saves to compare their numbers with Rivera’s in each of the 3 categories (expressed as a ratio and resulting percentile; e.g, 326 saves would be 326/652, or 50% — for a total of 50 points in that category); 3) Worked through the numbers, added ’em up, and the top 8 were named RRHOF members in good standing (we picked 8 because there are 8 official HOFers who made the Hall primarily as relievers). This way, apples are compared with apples, and ultimately with the “Golden Apple,” the only HOFer to go in with unanimous backing (100% of the vote).

Scroll down beyond the next couple of paragraphs to see the RRHOF “balloting results,” displayed on the 10 summary pages.


What’s afoot, April 8 – April 30 (or so): all RRHOF data to be tightened down, graphics streamlined and upgraded. And with this RE-set HOF in place, all of the ensuing controversy can begin (if that’s your thing). In any case, what you’ll find here (all of this is IMO, you understand, right?) is a more objective, numbers-only (and players-only) gallery of the very best diamond achievers; call it a “Hall of Achievement,” if you will, rather than a Hall of Fame. Admittedly, I’m leaning very heavily on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) as the best one-figure measure of seasonal or career performance (with any apology due to Bill James cheerfully offered; the fact is, WAR numbers are just so readily available and fairly-well standardized, even if the Win Shares system of Mr. James should prove to be a truer measure). I started out way back at the tail end of the 20th Century with the Batter-Fielder- and Pitcher- Wins system (Palmer and Thorn, et al, as seen in the Total Baseball encyclopedia series), but since I had to put the whole birthplace-based historical replay project on the shelf for almost two decades — as life took me in other directions — WAR came roaring in and supplanted previous systems. So I cast my lot with WAR as the most readily-available-yet-quite-accurate stat, and I’m sticking with that.

Hence, the whole RRHOF “selection” process hinges on only two WAR figures, multiplied by each other. If a player’s career WAR total (__._) times his “per 162 games” average WAR (_._) equals or exceeds 200, he’s in (automatically; all questions of character, PED-usage, etc. are irrelevant here as factors, though I do have my opinions on how relevant they should be with regard to THE National Baseball HOF in Cooperstown). I think that when you see the “new” (RE-set) roll call of superior players (only, according to less subjective criteria), the overall picture will be improved. But by all means, check out my claims, compare the numbers of the “ins” and the “outs,”and form your own opinion. Even controversy can be fun, right?








J-u-u-u-st a bit outside… (Harry Doyle/Bob Uecker on the call):





OTHER HELPFUL TIDBITS: LRF=Corner outfielder, but primarily a Left Fielder; RLF=Corner outfielder, but more a Right Fielder (RF) than LF; OF=Could handle any Outfield position (usually a Center Fielder); RPI=Relief Pitcher Index (separate formula; these are the numbers displayed in the RRHOF PTS. column in the RP section); Underlined players are those whose WAR figures include some/only NLB (Negro League Baseball) stats, which were treated as equal to MLB numbers for this purpose; DO=Dominican Republic (ISO code used instead of DR); “RETROPLAY TEAM(S)”= In the Retroplay system, each player is assigned on the basis of birthplace, but the local state/national entity for which he plays can join a co-op or go it alone if/when possible (ALL of the players shift together when the state/nation makes a change; no trades or free agency are allowed, so it’s one man aligned with one franchise for his whole career); refer to the Regions page for details.


[This page last updated 5/3/19; Much more coming down the pipeline…]