Jay Jaffe, who is a contributing baseball writer for Sports Illustrated, took a look at 12 current MLB players who are under the age of 35 and used his ‘JAWS’ statistical breakdown to see how the players matchup within being Hall of Fame worthy. Jaffe goes in-depth to explain what ‘JAWS’ is all about – a tool he uses to measure a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness by “comparing him to the players at his position who are already enshrined.” It’s really a tremendous job by Jaffe with how in-depth he really does go into breaking down certain numbers and coming out on the other side with whether a player is deserving to be in Cooperstown.
Jaffe has three current Detroit Tigers on this particular list. Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler find themselves being spotlighted along with their numbers being broken down by ‘JAWS’ in an effort to see how close they come to being Hall of Fame worthy. Out of the three Tigers, Cabrera is really the only clear-cut pick to find himself in Cooperstown when his career is over with.
Here’s Jaffe’s reasoning as to why Miguel Cabrera is Cooperstown bound.
Jaffe’s reasoning for having Verlander and Kinsler on the list was quite interesting. He matches JV up with two current aces of their respective MLB pitching staffs, that being Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez. Here’s Jaffe’s outlook on the three aces and how their odds look at getting into Cooperstown.
By the sounds of it, if all three continue to contribute on a level that their track records all show they can produce at, Jaffe sees the Hall of Fame as being within ‘striking distance’ per say for all three pitchers.
Kinsler’s case seems to mirror the Verlander, Greinke and Hernandez breakdown and here’s why.
Jay Jaffe deserves a tremendous amount of kudos for going so in-depth with his numbers with the ‘JAWS’ tool. He comes out on the other side of the tunnel with such a compelling argument as to why this play and that player are either not worthy at all, right on the cusp or fully worthy of being ‘enshrined’ in Cooperstown when their careers come to a close.