Garret Anderson and the Hall of Fame

Now that Garret Anderson’s career is seemingly over, how are his chances for the Hall of Fame?  Garret was a steady, reliable player for the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever the hell they’ve called themselves over the years.  A terrific hitter, Garret was a two-time doubles champ and was named to three All-Star teams.  From 2000-2003, Anderson posted at least 115 RBI each season and was a six-time .300 hitter.

His lifetime stats are impressive.  He smacked 522 career doubles (38th on the all-time list) and he eclipsed the 2,500 hits plateau.  Also a fine run-producer, Garret reached 1,000 in both runs scored and driven in.  His lifetime batting average is a robust .293 and he has a solid career slugging average of .461. 

Hall of Fame left fielder Jim Rice–a recent induction–was a great run producer as well.  But Rice, unlike Anderson, doesn’t rest in a Top 50 list in any major offensive category (Anderson is in the Top 50 in doubles) unless you count the negative double-plays grounded into bracket.  Both were very good players.  Rice’s batting average, on-base percentage and slugging average all exceed Garret Anderson’s marks, so Rice has an advantage on him in that regard. 

The question posed is does Garret Anderson belong in the Hall of Fame?  Leave a vote and tell us your feelings.


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