Today Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome, and Vladimir Guerrero were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Congrats to them.
My Twitter feed is full of arguments for Omar Vizquel and Edgar Martinez. Being from southern Indiana, one guy even vouched for Scott Rolen. I was out to prove that Scott Rolen was just average - I was wrong.
For hitters I measured the amount of WAR (Wins Above Replacement) generated per 162 games (full season). For pitchers I measured the amount of WAR generated per 200 IP (full season).
The results are below. I had no idea Larry Walker was that good. I thought Sosa would be higher as well. You could make an argument for or against any of these players, but the prevailing stat the BBWAA seems to use is how long was your career. Scott Rolen generated more WAR than Jim Thome in 505 fewer innings. Nothing against Thome, but maybe they should both be in and Thome shouldn't get a leg up for playing an extra 505 innings.