First Bernie’s basic stats (all-time rank in parentheses):
BA: .297 (249); OBP: .381 (156); OPS: .858 (131); HR: 287 (128) RBI: 1257 (112) Runs: 1366 (89); Hits: 2336 (121)
Some “non-traditional statistics” (all adjusted for all-time): EqA: .302, WARP3: 106.2; BRAA (Batting Runs Above Average): 446; BRAR (Batting Runs Above Replacement): 705; FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average): -50; FRAR (Fielding Runs Above Replacement): 243; OPS+: 125 (T222…notably tied with Yogi Berra).
What do we have here? A very good hitting, below average but not terrible defensive center-fielder.
One of the best 200 hitters in MLB history? Maybe, but probably not. Four Rings? Sure. But the list of players with four rings who are not in the Hall of Fame is stagerringly long.
He’s got a lot of great postseason stats, (first in homers, second in hits, first in doubles, second in runs, first in RBI, second in walks) but those stats are skewed by the fact that he’s played in more postseason games than anyone.
I don’t think Bernie makes the HOF, nor do I think he should. His candidacy is weak, his stats are not Top-Echelon.
Interesting to note. the Bill James HOF Monitor (a stat used to measure the liklihood of a player being elected, not the deservingness) has Bernie at 133, where 130 is considered a virtual lock. The HOF Standards (a stat based on a scale of 1-100, where 50 is the average Hall of Famer) has Bernie at 48, just below an average HOFer.
Bernie was great at time and on some great teams. I just don’t think he’s got enough juice to make the hall.