There are 30 candidates for the Hall of Fame election in 2022. Of course, not all 30 have a legitimate chance of being introduced, but each and every one of them has had impressive career achievements. Otherwise they would not have made it to the election.
With that in mind, and in less than a month before the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announces the voting results on January 25th, here are statistics for each of those 30 candidates.
Some will focus on career-long achievements, while others will focus on the size of a single season. Anyway, the idea here is to get to the point of what made every player worthy of Hall contemplation, whether heading for a plaque in Cooperstown or just making a one-off visit to the voting.
The players are listed in alphabetical order.
Bobby Abreu: He’s one of only six players of all time with at least 250 home runs and 400 stolen bases, alongside Craig Biggio, Barry and Bobby Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Joe Morgan.
Barry bonds: If you split his career in half, the first (1986-96) would come in 37th place of all position players in baseball reference WAR (83.6), just behind Ken Griffey Jr. The second (1997-2007) would come in 42nd place in this group (79.1), just behind Joe DiMaggio.
Markus Bührle: The left-hander pitched 15 full seasons (2001-15) following his July 2000 debut. In each, he made at least 30 starts, threw at least 198 2/3 innings, and recorded at least 10 wins without making an injured list.
Roger Clemens: His seven Cy Young Awards are as many as any other two right-handed pitchers have garnered since it was first awarded in 1956.
Carl Crawford: Since 2000 he has been second in the MLB in Triples (123) and fourth in Stolen Bases (480), with his seven 45-steal seasons in this period only ranking second after Juan Pierre.
Prince Fielder: Over a period of eight years (2006-13), he finished first in the majors for games played (1,283), second in walks (724) and fourth in homers (283) and RBIs (860).
Todd Helton: Helton is one of five hitters since 2000 who have produced four seasons (2000-04) in a period of five seasons with at least 160 OPS + – a statistic that adapts to the specifications. The others are Bonds, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and Mike Trout.
Ryan Howard: In his 2006 NL MVP campaign, Howard collected 58 homers and 149 RBIs. The only other players to have those two points in the same season? Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa.
Tim Hudson: As a groundball artist in a homer-happy era, Hudson only allowed 0.71 homers per nine innings over the course of his career. That’s the lowest rate among 65 pitchers with at least 2,000 innings since 1995.
Torii hunters: His nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards as a midfielder (2001-09) are the fourth highest of all time, behind just Griffey, Andruw Jones and Willie Mays.
Andruw Jones: In terms of total zone runs, an all-time defensive metric, Jones’ 253 runs are above average, only Brooks Robinson among all players.
Jeff Kent: Not only is Kent’s 351 homers the all-time record as a second baseman, but he also broke the previous record (held by Ryne Sandberg) by a margin of 74.
Tim Lincecum: “The Freak” is the only pitcher to have won multiple Cy Young Awards in his first three MLB seasons in 2008-09.
Justin Morneau: Among Canadian-born players, Morneau is one of three to have won an MVP Award (2006), one of two to be a Batting Champion (’14), and the only one to have a Home Run Derby title (’08) and the winner is.
Joe Nathan: His five seasons with over 35 saves and an ERA under 2.00 are more than any other pitcher except Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.
David Ortiz: Big Papi knew how to get to the top and retired from a 2016 campaign that saw him top the majors in Slugging (.620) and OPS (1,021), setting records for most doubles (48), home runs (38th) ) and put up RBIs (127) in a final season.
Jonathan Papelbon: He is one of four pitchers not to run in any of his first 17 post-season appearances after holding opponents at .339 OPS in that 26 innings span.
Jake Peavy: When the Righty won the NL Cy Young Award in 2007, he also won the NL’s Pitching Triple Crown by leading in victories (19), ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240). Clayton Kershaw, Randy Johnson, Dwight Gooden, Steve Carlton and Sandy Koufax are the only other NL pitchers to have achieved this feat since 1940.
Andy Pettitte: No pitcher in history has more post-season career starts (44), innings (276 2/3), or wins (19) than Pettitte, who appeared in the playoffs after each of his first nine MLB seasons.
AJ Pierzynski: Only six catchers in history have squatted behind the plate for more innings than Pierzynski (16,335 1/3), who started 14 times more than 100 games in that position.
Manny Ramirez: The only hitters to have as many record appearances as Ramirez (9,774) and get a higher OPS (.996) are Bonds, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
Alex Rodriguez: He ranks in the top 15 of all time for most home runs hit in two different positions – shortstop (second, 344) and third base (287, 14th).
Scott role: He never appeared in any position other than third base in his career. This also includes DH. All of his 17,479 1/3 defensive innings came in the Hot Corner, where his 140 total zone ranks sixth.
Jimmy Rollins: In Rollins’ 2007 NL MVP Award winning campaign, he became the only player in history to have 20 triples, 30 homers and 40 steals seasons.
Curt Schilling: He led his league five times in the strikeout-to-walk ratio – all in his season at age 34 or later. His collective 6.5K to BB ratio over this range is by far the best in history for a pitcher with at least 700 innings aged 34 and over.
Gary Sheffield: Until 1955, only Bonds had a 40 homer season with a better walk-to-strikeout ratio than Sheffield 1996 (42 homers, 142 walks, 66 strikeouts).
Sammy Sosa: His total bases of 425 in 2001 is the seventh-best single season in history and the most accumulated by any player since Stan Musial in 1948, racked up 429.
Mark Teixeira: The Georgia Tech product ranks fifth all-time in both home runs (314) and RBIs (1,017) for a player’s first nine MLB seasons.
Omar Vizquel: Vizquel is the only player in modern AL / NL history who is after his 45th. That is almost as many as any other player of this age combined since 1950 (292 games).
Billy Wagner: In his 13 seasons with at least 30 appearances, Wagner has never posted an ERA above 2.85. His 2.31 career ERA ranks only Mariano Rivera among the AL / NL pitchers with 750-plus innings in the Live Ball era, while his 0.998 WHIP ranks first in that group.