top of page
file.jpg
  • Writer's pictureSSTN Admin

Looking at the Hall-of-Fame Ballot: A.J. Burnett

On face value, I would have a difficult time arguing that A.J. Burnett was a Hall-of-Famer. Still, I am determined to give each player on the ballot a fair look.

Let’s do just that with A.J….

The Good:

A.J. Burnett pitched in the big leagues for 17 seasons.

A.J. Burnett struck out more than 2,500 batters (2,513 to be exact).

All-Time WAR:

Of recent vintage, the pitcher who is widely considered the least qualified member of the Hall-of-Fame is Jack Morris. Jack Morris’ All-Time WAR was 43.5. That makes Jack Morris the 153rd best starting pitcher of all-time.

The 153rd best doesn’t necessarily scream out “Hall-of-Famer.” Of course there are some who I argue still belong even if they don’t have the highest of WARs – Catfish Hunter, for example, who has a lifetime WAR of just 40.9.

WAR isn’t everything. It’s a lot, but it isn’t everything.

I feel there is a compelling case for Catfish to be in the Hall-of-Fame, Jack Morris less so, but this is about A.J. How does he rate?

A.J. Burnett was not in the top 200.

A.J. Burnett was not in the top 300.

But he was close…he’s 301st all-time.

Ouch.

Awards/Similar Players

A.J., Burnett was an All-Star just once.

He never won 20-games in a season and won 18 games only once. His next highest totals were 16 and then 13. It does downhill from there.

None of the most similar players to A.J. Burnett are in the Hall-of-Fame or would be considered close to the Hall-of-Fame. In fact, the player most similar to A.J. Burnett for his career is… Javier Vasquez, and that’s sort of appropriate.

Both of those guys were right-handed pitchers who came to the Yankees with some high hopes and neither really fulfilled their promise.

A.J. Burnett won 164 Major League games. That’s something. He had a nice career. He was a World Champion in 2009 with the Yankees. He has a lot to be proud of.

He’s just not a Hall-of-Famer.

Comments


dr sem.png

Start Spreading the News is the place for some of the very best analysis and insight focusing primarily on the New York Yankees.

(Please note that we are not affiliated with the Yankees and that the news, perspectives, and ideas are entirely our own.)

blog+image+2.jpeg

Have a question for the Weekly Mailbag?

Click below or e-mail:

SSTNReaderMail@gmail.com

SSTN is proudly affiliated with Wilson Sporting Goods! Check out our press release here, and support us by using the affiliate links below:

587611.jpg
583250.jpg
Scattering the Ashes.jpeg

"Scattering The Ashes has all the feels. Paul Russell Semendinger's debut novel taps into every emotion. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reexamine those relationships that give your life meaning." — Don Burke, writer at The New York Post

The Least Among Them.png

"This charming and meticulously researched book will remind you of baseball’s power to change and enrich lives far beyond the diamond."

—Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Man, Opening Day, and Ali: A Life

From Compton to the Bronx.jpg

"A young man from Compton rises to the highest levels of baseball greatness.

Considered one of the classiest baseball players ever, this is Roy White's story, but it's also the story of a unique period in baseball history when the Yankees fell from grace and regained glory and the country dealt with societal changes in many ways."

foco-yankees.png

We are excited to announce our new sponsorship with FOCO for all officially licensed goods!

FOCO Featured:
carlos rodon bobblehead foco.jpg
bottom of page