Baseball HOF preview: Best moments from this year's 'one-and-dones'
With the Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2022 announcement approaching, it's time to review this year's ballot. We'll start with a look back at this year's "one-and-dones": the first-time candidates who likely won't receive 5% of the vote, taking them off the ballot.
Note: All WAR figures from Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.
Teams: Rays, Red Sox, Dodgers
JAWS: 35.7 (44th at LF)
WAR: 39.1 (44th)
In an era dominated by power, Crawford made his name through old-school speed. The four-time All-Star won four AL stolen base titles with the (Devil) Rays, swiping at least 50 five times and getting to 60 steals once. He was also a polished defender in left field, taking home a Gold Glove in 2010. Crawford was a huge part of the Rays' rise to relevance in the early 2000s, but injuries led to a swift downturn once he joined Boston in 2011.
The moment: On May 3, 2009, Crawford tied the modern-era record by stealing six bases in one game.
Teams: Brewers, Tigers, Rangers
JAWS: 24.4 (97th at 1B)
WAR: 23.8 (110th)
For his first seven seasons, it looked like Fielder might have been slugging his way towards Cooperstown. He was one of baseball's most feared hitters during his prime, winning three Silver Sluggers, making six All-Star appearances, and leading the NL with 50 homers in 2007. Fielder reached the postseason with all three of his teams and won a pennant with the Tigers in 2012. Unfortunately, neck issues derailed his career at age 32 and forced the formerly durable first baseman to retire. He finished with 319 home runs - the exact same number as his father, Cecil.
The moment: Fielder's exuberant personality led to many light-hearted moments on the field, including his iconic bowling-pin celebration following a walk-off homer with the Brewers.
JAWS: 17.0 (145th at 1B)
WAR: 14.7 (157th)
Howard burst onto the scene as a prodigious slugger, winning Rookie of the Year in 2005 and following that up with a 58-homer, 149-RBI MVP season in 2006. Over his first seven full seasons, which coincided with the Phillies' dynasty atop the NL East, he averaged 41 homers and 123 RBIs per season, became the fastest player ever to reach 100 homers, and won the 2009 NLCS MVP. But the three-time All-Star ruptured his Achilles tendon while making the final out of the 2011 NLDS and never regained his power stroke.
The moment: Perhaps the biggest hits of Howard's career came when he broke Game 4 of the 2008 World Series open with a two-homer, five-RBI performance. A few days (and some rain) later, the Phillies clinched the title.
Teams: Giants, Angels
JAWS: 21.7 (452nd at SP)
WAR: 19.5 (499th)
His time at the top was brief, but what fun it was to watch Lincecum pitch. "The Freak" won consecutive Cy Young awards in 2008 and 2009 during a run that included three straight strikeout titles and a pair of no-hitters. He also wrapped up the Giants' first World Series title since moving to San Francisco with an eight-inning gem on the road. And who didn't try to imitate that wind-up? All told, Lincecum earned three rings with the Giants, and despite his rapid decline, ranks fifth on the franchise's all-time strikeout list.
The moment: It's hard enough to throw one no-hitter, but Lincecum did it twice in as many seasons. Both of them came against the Padres.
Teams: Twins, Pirates, Rockies, White Sox
JAWS: 25.7 (88th at 1B)
WAR: 27.0 (95th)
Once a star goaltender in junior hockey, Morneau chose the diamond over the ice, and it turned out to be a very wise decision. The British Columbia native was a four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and one-time batting champion. He also surpassed the 30-homer mark three times. His best season came in 2006 when he edged out Derek Jeter for AL MVP honors. Though Cooperstown isn't in his future, Morneau was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame this past summer and is also in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
The moment: The 2008 Home Run Derby at old Yankee Stadium is remembered as the Josh Hamilton show, but it was actually Morneau who won the event by outlasting Hamilton 5-3 in the final round.
Teams: Giants, Twins, Rangers, Tigers, Cubs
JAWS: 24.2 (17th at RP)
Originally drafted as a shortstop, Nathan converted to the mound in the minors and never looked back. He collected 340 saves from 2004-13, more than any other reliever during that span not named Mariano Rivera, according to FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe. Nathan was a six-time All-Star who pitched on six playoff teams.
The moment: Despite the Rays' protests, Nathan joined the 300-save club by striking out Ben Zobrist on April 8, 2013.
Teams: Red Sox, Phillies, Nationals
JAWS: 21.4 (29th at RP)
WAR: 23.3 (31st)
Papelbon grabbed so many headlines thanks to controversies on and off the field that it's easy to forget how dominant he was in the ninth inning. He ranks 10th all time in saves (just nine behind Nathan) and never allowed more than eight homers in a season. The six-time All-Star is the career saves leader for both the Red Sox and Phillies.
The moment: Papelbon didn't allow an earned run during the Red Sox championship run in 2007 and celebrated in epic fashion after saving their second World Series title in four seasons.
Teams: Padres, White Sox, Red Sox, Giants
JAWS: 35.0 (206th at SP)
WAR: 39.2 (194th)
A quietly consistent starter during his prime, Peavy won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award and pitching triple crown with the Padres. The three-time All-Star led his league in strikeouts and ERA twice each and played a key role for World Series winners in Boston and San Francisco late in his career. He was also durable, crossing the 200-inning mark five times in 15 seasons.
The moment: Peavy set a Padres single-game record with 16 strikeouts in just seven innings on May 22, 2006.
Teams: Twins, Giants, White Sox, Rangers, Red Sox, Cardinals, Braves
JAWS: 20.9 (71st at C)
WAR: 23.8 (64th)
Pierzynski was a sparkplug and fan favorite who often drew the ire of opponents - and sometimes teammates - during his 19-year career. He's most famous for his eight years with the White Sox, where he won hearts on the South Side with gritty, hard-nosed play as part of the 2005 World Series champions - the franchise's first title in 88 years. Though never a star, Pierzynski averaged 15 homers per 162 games played, won a Silver Slugger, and hung around long enough to get to 2,000 career hits. He's one of only 12 catchers to reach that milestone.
The moment: Pierzynski's "steal" of first base in the 2005 ALCS set up the White Sox title run in controversial fashion. But it's the punch he took from the Cubs' Michael Barrett the following year that will define him - and the Cubs-White Sox rivalry - forever.
Teams: Rangers, Braves, Angels, Yankees
JAWS: 44.3 (31st at 1B)
WAR: 50.6 (32nd)
Teixeira defined consistency with a sweet swing from both sides of the plate and stellar defense at first base. He ranks fifth all time among switch-hitters in homers and hit at least 30 long balls in nine of his 14 seasons, including an AL-best 39 in 2009. The five-time Gold Glove winner's 92 defensive runs saved are the most among first basemen since 2000. Teixeira tailed off later in his career due to injuries, but not before playing a starring role on the Yankees' most recent World Series-winning club in 2009, the same year he was runner-up for AL MVP.
The moment: Although he hit just .180 during the Yankees' 2009 title run, the hits Teixeira did pick up that October were critical. His biggest moment was an 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 2 of the ALDS that made the new Yankee Stadium shake.
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