July 25, 2021

Jimmy Wynn Might Be the Most Overlooked Player In Hall of Fame History, and He Deserves Second Look (The Crawfish Boxes)


Next week at the Winter Meetings, in addition to any trades or free agent signings, the sixteen players, executives, and historians representing the Veterans Committee will convene and make their selections for the Class of 2020. I’ve already written about the people on the ballot, as well as the people doing the voting, and there’s not much to add there; we’ll probably see one player receive the twelve votes needed to reach 75% and merit induction, with the possibility of a second remaining. If you’re curious who’s most likely, that’s all in those two articles.

I’d like to go in a different direction today, though, and focus on a player who’s not on the ballot this year. In fact, he’s never appeared on any Veterans Committee ballot, despite being eligible for it for over twenty years now, probably in part because he picked up no votes in his lone appearance on the BBWAA ballot. That decision was a glaring oversight at the time, and it’s only become a bigger one following the advancements we’ve seen in player evaluations since his career ended in 1977.

I’m talking, of course, about early Astros star center fielder Jimmy Wynn. Initially drafted by the…

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