May 14, 2021

JAWS and the 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot: One-and-Dones, Part 3 (FanGraphs)


The following article is part of Jay Jaffe’s ongoing look at the candidates on the BBWAA 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. For a detailed introduction to this year’s ballot, and other candidates in the series, use the tool above; an introduction to JAWS can be found here. For a tentative schedule and a chance to fill out a Hall of Fame ballot for our crowdsourcing project, see here. All WAR figures refer to the Baseball-Reference version unless otherwise indicated.

Batch three of my completist series features a pair of Dominican-born sluggers whose unorthodox paths to the majors stand in stark contrast to those of their countrymen — not better or worse, just different, and eye-opening. Both players beat long and circuitous paths around the majors and had power galore, topping out at 46 homers apiece, but their approaches at the plate were night and day, as were their secondary skills.

2020 BBWAA One-And-Done Candidates, Part 3

Player Pos Career WAR Peak WAR JAWS H HR SB AVG/OBP/SLG OPS+
Carlos Peña 1B 25.1 24.1 24.6 1146 286 29 .232/.346/.462 117
Alfonso Soriano LF 28.2 27.3 27.8 2095 412 289 .270/.319/.500 112

SOURCE: Baseball-Reference

Carlos…

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