1993 Jimmy Dean Sausage Cards

I find these cards to be rather appealing, especially the backs.

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Hall of Fame Membership and Career Strikeout Rate Below 10%

Suffering through the post-season with little to do but monitor the Hot Stove League developments and the Hall of Fame ballot debates, I find myself thankful for Baseball Reference and its treasure of information. While perusing the Hall of Fame Batting Statistics, I was not surprised to see that Reggie Jackson leads all members with 2,597 strikeouts, but I was a little surprised to notice that Jackson recorded 13 more strikeouts in his career than he did hits: 2,584. This naturally led me to wonder which Hall of Famers had the lowest career strikeout rates.

After downloading the stats and adding a strikeout percentage per plate appearances column to the spreadsheet, I realized that I needed to limit the query to only those batters with at least 6,000 career plate appearances in order to omit the many pitchers who played in the pre-DH era. I also chose to limit the query to those players whose careers lasted until at least 1970 in order to focus on just those batters who have had to do battle against the modern science and strategies of major league pitching.

The following list of 49 Hall of Fame members is ranked from lowest to highest strikeout rate per plate appearances:

Rank Name PA SO SO %
1 Tony Gwynn 10232 434 4.24%
2 Ozzie Smith 10778 589 5.46%
3 Luis Aparicio 11230 742 6.61%
4 Wade Boggs 10740 745 6.94%
5 George Brett 11625 908 7.81%
6 Brooks Robinson 11782 990 8.40%
7 Bill Mazeroski 8379 706 8.43%
8 Al Kaline 11596 1020 8.80%
9 Joe Morgan 11329 1015 8.96%
10 Barry Larkin 9057 817 9.02%
11 Tim Raines 10359 966 9.33%
12 Rod Carew 10550 1028 9.74%
13 Hank Aaron 13941 1383 9.92%
14 Billy Williams 10519 1046 9.94%
15 Carl Yastrzemski 13992 1393 9.96%
16 Cal Ripken, Jr. 12883 1305 10.13%
17 Paul Molitor 12167 1244 10.22%
18 Roberto Alomar 10400 1140 10.96%
19 Robin Yount 12249 1350 11.02%
20 Gary Carter 9019 997 11.05%
21 Eddie Murray 12817 1516 11.83%
22 Ernie Banks 10394 1236 11.89%
23 Roberto Clemente 10211 1230 12.05%
24 Willie Mays 12496 1526 12.21%
25 Kirby Puckett 7831 965 12.32%
26 Joe Torre 8802 1094 12.43%
27 Rickey Henderson 13346 1694 12.69%
28 Frank Robinson 11742 1532 13.05%
29 Orlando Cepeda 8698 1169 13.44%
30 Ryne Sandberg 9282 1260 13.57%
31 Dave Winfield 12358 1686 13.64%
32 Frank Thomas 10075 1397 13.87%
33 Andre Dawson 10769 1509 14.01%
34 Craig Biggio 12504 1753 14.02%
35 Carlton Fisk 9853 1386 14.07%
36 Ron Santo 9397 1343 14.29%
37 Ivan Rodriguez 10270 1474 14.35%
38 Mike Piazza 7745 1113 14.37%
39 Johnny Bench 8674 1278 14.73%
40 Lou Brock 11240 1730 15.39%
41 Jim Rice 9058 1423 15.71%
42 Ken Griffey, Jr. 11304 1779 15.74%
43 Willie McCovey 9692 1550 15.99%
44 Jeff Bagwell 9431 1558 16.52%
45 Tony Perez 10861 1867 17.19%
46 Harmon Killebrew 9833 1699 17.28%
47 Mike Schmidt 10062 1883 18.71%
48 Willie Stargell 9027 1936 21.45%
49 Reggie Jackson 11418 2597 22.74%

The list of batters on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot ranked in the same way:

Rank Name PA SO SO %
1 Omar Vizquel 12013 1087 9.05%
2 Gary Sheffield 10947 1171 10.70%
3 Vladimir Guerrero 9059 985 10.87%
4 Johnny Damon 10917 1257 11.51%
5 Barry Bonds 12606 1539 12.21%
6 Chipper Jones 10614 1409 13.27%
7 Edgar Martinez 8674 1202 13.86%
8 Larry Walker 8030 1231 15.33%
9 Jeff Kent 9537 1522 15.96%
10 Scott Rolen 8518 1410 16.55%
11 Fred McGriff 10174 1882 18.50%
12 Manny Ramirez 9774 1813 18.55%
13 Andruw Jones 8664 1748 20.18%
14 Sammy Sosa 9896 2306 23.30%
15 Jim Thome 10313 2548 24.71%

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Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds MVP and Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin was born and raised in Cincinnati and played ball at Archbishop Moeller High School. The Reds drafted him out of high school in 1982, but Larkin opted to play ball at the University of Michigan. Three years later the Reds made him the fourth overall pick and he played his entire career in the Reds organization. Being the hometown boy undoubtedly helped Larkin with the unenviable task of replacing another lifelong Reds legend, Davey Concepion.

Larkin was the National League MVP in 1995, a year in which he led the National League with 51 stolen bases and was caught stealing less than 9% of the time. It was the first of two consecutive years in which he scored the hat trick of winning a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, and making the National League All Star team. All told, Larkin played in 12 All Star Games, won 9 Silver Sluggers and 3 Gold Gloves. According to Baseball Reference, his offensive WAR in 1995 was second only to Craig Biggio in the National League, and he committed only 11 fielding errors, one more than Jose Vizcaino, among National League shortstops.

Here are some of the Barry Larkin cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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Topps 1987

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Topps 1988

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Score 1991 Cooperstown

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Score 1990 Dream Team

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Fleer 1990 League Standouts

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Score 1991 Dream Team

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Pepsi Card 1991

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Donruss 1994

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Flair 1994

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Fleer Ultra 1995 Top Glove Award – MVP Season!!

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Upper Deck 1996 Award Winner – MVP

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Donruss Studio 1998

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Skybox Premium 1999

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Skybox Dominion 2000 – check out the stash!

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1990 Cincinnati Reds, World Series Champions

The 1990 Cincinnati Reds posted a record of 91-71, finished 5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and then beat National League MVP and Cy Young winners Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek, and the Pittsburgh Pirates to move on to the World Series where they swept the Oakland A’s with American League MVP and Cy Young winners Rickey Henderson and Bob Welch.

According to Baseball Reference, the top 12 players on the 1990 Reds roster by Wins Above Replacement (WAR) were:

  • Jose Rijos – World Series MVP
  • Barry Larkin – 2012 Hall of Fame inductee
  • Chris Sabo
  • Rob Dibble – co MVP National League Championship Series
  • Norm Charlton
  • Tom Browning
  • Eric Davis
  • Randy Myers – – co MVP National League Championship Series
  • Jack Armstrong
  • Mariano Duncan
  • Billy Hatcher, and
  • Hal Morris

The team was well balanced in all aspects of the game. The offense lead the league with a .265 team batting average. The defense led the league with the fewest errors allowed, 102, and tied the San Francisco Giants for first in team fielding percentage at .983. The pitching staff trailed only the New York Mets staff of Doc Gooden, David Cone, Frank Viola, and Sid Fernandez with 1,029 strike outs and finished the season with the second best ERA of 3.39 to the Montreal Expos 3.37.

A second key to the team’s success was its ability to play small ball. The 1990 Reds hit only 125 home runs, two below the NL team average of 127, but they trailed only the Chicago Cubs in hits with 1,466, and only the Pittsburgh Pirates in doubles with 284. They were fourth in the league with 166 stolen bases and were caught stealing only 28% of the time. The 1990 MLB averages for stolen bases was 14 per player and for doubles the figure was 24. The 1990 Reds featured 5 players above the average in doubles and four above the average in stolen bases:

  • Chris Sabo – 38 doubles, 25 stolen bases
  • Billy Hatcher – 28 doubles, 30 stolen bases
  • Eric Davis – 26 doubles, 21 stolen bases
  • Barry Larkin – 25 doubles, 30 stolen bases
  • Paul O’Neill – 28 doubles, 13 stolen bases

Mariano Duncan was just below the league averages that year with 22 doubles and 13 stolen bases.

Finally, the Reds pitching staff consisted of big-game shut-down artists who made the likes of Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire of little to no consequence in the League Championship and World Series. The A’s were limited to only 3 home runs, a batting average of .207 compared to their .254 average for the year, and OPS of just .574 compared to their .727 for the year. Jose Rijos lowered his season WHIP of 1.162 to just .913 in 15 innings to earn 2 wins and the MVP trophy for the World Series. He struck out 14, gave up only 9 hits, and allowed only 1 earned run for an incredible ERA of 0.59. Likewise, the Pirates team BA fell 65 points to .194 in the League Championship Series. Bonds batted a paltry .167 and struck out 5 times. Bonilla managed a .190 BA, but OPS of only .530. Randy Myers picked up 3 of the 4 saves striking out 7 and giving up only 2 hits in 5 2/3 innings for a WHIP of .882. Rob Dibble struck out 10 in 5 innings of relief, yielded only 1 walk, and gave up no hits for an insane WHIP of .200!

Remember and celebrate the 1990 Cincinnati Reds season and world championship with a team card pack from Big Bubbos for just $9.00 with free shipping! Each team pack includes 20 cards with at least 10 of those being from the top 12 players of the season. Team packs consist of Topps, Fleer, Upper Deck, and Score brands and all cards are in excellent condition. Send an email to bigbubbo@yahoo.com for a specific list of cards per pack.

Cincinnati Reds 1990 team card pack

20 baseball cards from 1990 featuring 20 players from the world champion Reds! Free shipping! Add a second team pack for just $6 more.

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