Using Gradual Peak to Evaluate Hall of Fame Candidates

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Sports Illustrated

By Matt Martell It seems that longevity gets overlooked when it comes to the Hall of Fame. Plenty of guys who play for years past their peaks are dismissively referred to as compilers, especially if their best years were less impressive than those of players with high peaks but shorter careers. That is the case for many of the players getting votes in this year’s BBWAA Hall of Fame election. However, I like to look at these so-called compilers another way. They were very good players for an extended period of time. Let’s consider these players the gradual peakers. By my count, there are nine g…

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