So Ray Gifford thinks I’m going to defend Ryne Sandberg’s election to the Hall of Fame because “he’s dreamy.” Instead, here’s how I’ll defend it:
Average fielding percentage over 16 seasons of 0.989
Selection for the All-Star Game 10 years in a row, 1984-1993
NL Gold Glove second baseman every year for nine years, 1983-1991
NL MVP 1984
A top-10 batting average in 4 of his 16 seasons, even though he was never a superlative hitter
(Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
I would’ve voted for him, even though contra Ray’s speculation, Ryno’s not my type. Too pretty. Plus I have more of a thing for cyclists and runners.
Congratulations to Ryne Sandberg! Go Cubs!