Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

Age: 60 (March 15, 1959) | 6' 2" | 195lbs. | Bats: Left
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CHA AL 1980 141 491 55 125 19 65 23 6 13 49 2 4 .255 .281 .405 4 13 .268 n/a
CHA AL 1981 82 280 42 80 12 41 11 7 10 41 6 2 .286 .318 .482 4 14 .303 n/a
CHA AL 1982 161 608 89 165 49 95 29 8 25 105 10 3 .271 .321 .469 7 14 .282 n/a
CHA AL 1983 156 596 76 167 49 85 33 2 20 99 7 5 .280 .333 .443 7 13 .296 n/a
CHA AL 1984 147 569 72 173 54 75 28 10 29 94 1 2 .304 .361 .541 9 12 .306 n/a
CHA AL 1985 160 640 86 198 42 89 29 3 22 113 1 1 .309 .348 .467 6 13 .327 n/a
CHA AL 1986 145 570 72 169 38 89 29 2 21 88 2 1 .296 .338 .465 6 14 .316 n/a
CHA AL 1987 132 505 59 148 46 82 26 4 20 93 0 0 .293 .352 .479 8 15 .316 n/a
CHA AL 1988 158 599 55 166 67 109 39 1 13 81 0 0 .277 .347 .411 10 16 .316 n/a
CHA AL 1989 96 333 55 107 60 52 20 1 13 56 0 1 .321 .423 .505 15 13 .347 n/a
TEX AL 1989 50 172 18 49 13 27 9 0 3 16 0 2 .285 .333 .390 7 15 .322 n/a
TEX AL 1990 103 321 41 93 47 63 10 1 13 44 0 1 .290 .377 .449 13 17 .323 n/a
OAK AL 1990 32 94 11 25 20 17 5 0 3 21 0 2 .266 .381 .415 17 14 .282 n/a
OAK AL 1991 141 488 76 144 72 67 25 1 20 90 0 1 .295 .383 .473 13 12 .305 n/a
OAK AL 1992 140 478 58 121 59 61 18 0 16 76 1 3 .253 .331 .391 11 11 .258 n/a
BAL AL 1993 118 416 64 130 57 52 22 0 20 78 0 0 .312 .390 .510 12 11 .314 n/a
BAL AL 1994 94 326 44 96 30 49 12 1 16 54 0 0 .294 .356 .485 8 14 .307 n/a
BAL AL 1995 127 385 60 115 70 45 19 1 24 63 0 2 .299 .403 .540 15 10 .284 n/a
CHA AL 1996 143 495 80 154 73 62 29 0 22 95 3 1 .311 .399 .503 13 11 .319 n/a
CHA AL 1997 93 318 40 97 41 47 18 0 12 52 0 1 .305 .382 .475 11 13 .326 n/a
BAL AL 1997 44 134 15 39 14 15 5 0 4 15 0 0 .291 .356 .418 9 10 .302 n/a
BAL AL 1998 104 293 40 88 32 40 17 0 9 57 0 0 .300 .369 .451 10 12 .321 n/a
BAL AL 1999 107 345 57 111 43 38 16 1 24 81 1 2 .322 .395 .583 11 10 .305 n/a
CLE AL 1999 28 85 5 23 11 10 2 0 1 22 0 0 .271 .354 .329 11 10 .297 n/a
BAL AL 2000 72 222 24 59 29 39 8 0 10 30 0 0 .266 .349 .437 12 15 .282 n/a
CHA AL 2000 24 61 2 13 7 11 5 0 1 9 0 0 .213 .294 .344 10 16 .245 n/a
CHA AL 2001 32 84 3 11 8 16 1 0 0 6 0 0 .131 .202 .143 9 17 .157 n/a
Career 22yrs 2830 9908 1299 2866 1062 1441 488 49 384 1628 34 34 .289 .356 .465 10 13 .303 n/a
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I'm a lot less impressed with longevity when (a) from age 28 on, the dude was almost exclusively a DH, and (b) over 14 seasons where he was a regular DH, he had 7 where his WAR was 2.0 or less, 7 with an OPS+ of 120 or less.

That's damning to me, because I consider the DH to be a useful tool for a manager to keep a good bat in the lineup while giving a guy a day off from playing the field.  I want a DH who is consistently above those thresholds if he's going to justify taking that tool away.  I just  don't think that Harold Baines made his teams much better over a good portion of his career, and that's kind of important for a HOFer in my opinion.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Dec 11 '18

My tossed-off comment yesterday -- it's all WAR's fault -- turns out to be quite wrong. Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Albert Belle all have much higher career WARs and came up short. 

Baines ended with 38.7 career wins above replacement; 19 players on this year's BBWAA ballot have scores of 50 or more. Something tells me they won't all get in.

It's a good thing, for their sake, the 16 members of the Today's Game Era Committee are allowed to vote in secret; the baseball writers who vote for the MVP in each league should be so lucky.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 11 '18

I have to admit, I've moved from a small hall guy to a more accepting version. Compared to other sports' HOFs baseball's is way more restrictive. Acknowledging that there are guys with marginal stats in the HOF isn't to say that guys on the margins shouldn't get in. And, saying that the process for the Today's Game Era is weird doesn't mean I think that Baines shouldn't be in the hall. It does mean I think like guys like Walker should be there too.

mike fenger mike
Dec 11 '18

Highest similarity score to Baines on Bref…….Tony Perez 943.9.

van wilhoite LVW
Dec 11 '18

Led in slugging average in 1984 (.541, someone else had more than 308 total bases).

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 11 '18

Didn't he lead the league once in a category, perhaps total bases?

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dec 10 '18

We don't show black ink and in truth there's very little to show.

Without peeking at Baseball-Reference, anyone care to guess where it is?

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 10 '18

Yeah, but you hear that now.  Rabbit Maranville.  Phil Rizzuto. Red Faber.  

Mike Dean TMU2009
Dec 10 '18

If the HOF is supposed to be a great honor, the honor gets slightly cheapened each time you lower the standards. I got no beef with HB, but from now on he'll be one of those guys most mentioned when someone says, "Well, if Harold Baines can get in, then xxx should be in as well".

Keith Prosseda andypro
Dec 10 '18

I realize that longevity is his main selling point, but longevity is a virtue.  He's 46th all-time in hits; 43rd all time in total bases; 34th all-time in RBIs.  I see why I (or you) wouldn't vote for him, but I don't think it's an embarrassment.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Dec 10 '18