Todd Helton is in the midst of his first Hall of Fame ballot appearance. In this article, Jay Jaffe uses JAWS (Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score, using Baseball-Reference WAR) to detail Helton’s 17-year career with the Rockies as well as compare him to other similar players vying for the Hall, such as Larry Walker. Helton was constantly on hitting leaderboards, including being only one of 18 other hitters (four of whom are first basemen) with at least a career .300/.400/.500 line in at least 7,000 career plate appearances. Jaffe also talks about how 22 of the top 30 players in home OPS are in the Hall of Fame (Helton is sixth). The only ones who aren’t are either linked to performance-enhancing drugs, not yet eligible, or spent the majority of their careers playing in purple pinstripes.
Overall, Jaffe rates Helton as a borderline pick — “somebody to be considered for the last spot on the ballot but not a must-vote.” I guess only time will tell if enough voters thought the same and vote Helton into the Hall of Fame in January!
Thomas Harding answered fan questions on Twitter on Tuesday. Topics include Winter Meetings moves predictions, the future of Jon Gray, and talks (or lack of) with free agent Adam Ottavino.
Around the NL West, coveted free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin ended speculation of his landing spot today when he signed a 6 year, $140 million contract with the Washington Nationals. This means that the Diamondbacks will officially be out of one of their top performing pitchers (and 2018 5th place Cy Young finisher) and this should be the first domino in a flurry of moves that could include Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, among others.