2010 HOF Candidate: Mike Jackson

December 1, 2009 at 12:39 am Leave a comment

Mike Jackson

Every year there seems to be a long-time middle-reliever that closed games out for a couple of seasons on the list of Hall of Fame hopefuls. This year is not any different. The “name famous” Mike Jackson is that man.

Jackson played 17 seasons in the majors, pitching in 1005 games and logging 1188.1 innings of 3.42 ERA ball for an ERA+ of 125.  Very nice numbers.  In those 1188.1 innings Jackson struck out 1006 while walking 464 and notching 142 of my favorite stat, the save.  He also posted a FIP of 3.96.

His best season came in 1998 with the Cleveland Indians when he posted a 1.55 ERA in 64 innings while striking out 55 and only allowing 43 hits and walking 13.  He also had a career high 40 saves and a ridiculous ERA+ of 307.

In 28.2 postseason innings he posted a 4.71 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 13 walks but a FIP of 3.63.  Oh, and he had a 3-run double in a 1995 NLDS game against the Reds.

Jackson falls well short of election and if anyone votes for him they should have their voting rights seriously questioned.  While he was a good major leaguer for a long time he was nohall of famer, not even close.  Still, Mike Jackson should hold his head high for just getting his name on the ballot because not too many people can claim they had their name on a hall of fame ballot.

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