Jeter seems like the most logical candidate to do this, at least at this juncture: 3,465 hits, .310 batting average, five World Series titles and a long-time captaincy for the New York Yankees.
To many fans and writers, Jeter probably seemed as close to the perfect player as the past 20 years have seen. To some analysts, he’s less impressive. His 71.8 Wins Above Replacement are just over the 70 WAR threshold some analysts use for Hall of Famers. Likewise, Jay Jaffe has Jeter just past the average Hall of Fame shortstop with 57.8 JAWS. His -246 runs below average on defense are the worst of any shortstop in baseball history.
None of these things are bad enough to disqualify Jeter from Cooperstown, though some voting member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America could look to make a point.
When Jose Bautista was a free agent this winter the Orioles decided not to pursue the slugger in part because their fans don’t like him. Turns out, one of the biggest stars on the Orioles roster isn’t a fan either.
All-Star slugger Chris Davis added to the Orioles-Blue Jays rivalry Cheap Fishing Jerseys Saturday at the team’s FanFest, saying Bautista is “a guy who’s easy to dislike.”
There have been a number of incidents between Bautista and Orioles players in recent seasons.
Reliever Darren O’Day has exchanged heated words with Bautista on multiple occasions, most recently in 2014 when he hit him with a pitch. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter and outfielder Adam Jones have each taken umbrage at Bautista’s home run celebrations including his famed bat flip.