Just to be clear, I really like Charlie Culberson. So in the spirit of Big Hall standards, herewith my best case for putting Charlie in the Hall of Fame.
- Was he ever regarded as the best player in baseball? Did anybody, while he was active, ever suggest that he was the best player in baseball?
Answer: Yes, at least with a little editing. According to SportsTalkATL: “If there is one thing we have learned about Charlie in his two years in Atlanta, he is [the] best….Is he as clutch as they come? Yes.”
- Was he the best player on his team?
Given the first quote, obviously. See quote above.
- Was he the best player in baseball at his position? Was he the best player in the league at his position?
Well, that’s thing about Charlie. Since he can play pretty much anywhere, including pitching (though he has not yet caught a game), and given the quote above, he must be the best at just about every position.
- Did he have an impact on a number of pennant races?
- Was he a good enough player that he could continue to play regularly after passing his prime?
Not enough info to know yet.
- Is he the very best player in baseball history who is not in the Hall of Fame?
Until Barry Bonds is in the Hall of Fame this question should be retired.
- Are most players who have comparable career statistics in the Hall of Fame?
Here, we have to admit no, at least not for the statistics most people use to evaluate baseball players. But as I am often reminded, baseball is so much more than mere numbers.
- Do the player’s numbers meet Hall of Fame standards?
Charlie has worn numbers 33, 23, 6, 37, 16 and 8. All of those numbers are represented in the Hall of Fame.
- Is there any evidence to suggest that the player was significantly better or worse than is suggested by his statistics?
Since his statistics aren’t that great, I refer again to the quote above and say: “Obvs.”
- Is he the best player at his position who is eligible for the Hall of Fame but not in?
Probably not. But at all of his positions? Even there, I think he’s behind Bert Campaneris.
- How many MVP-type seasons did he have? Did he ever win an MVP award? If not, how many times was he close?
Let’s just skip this one.
- How many All-Star-type seasons did he have? How many All-Star games did he play in? Did most of the other players who played in this many go into the Hall of Fame?
OK, none. But you can’t pass every category.
- If this man were the best player on his team, would it be likely that the team could win the pennant?
Refer back to the first quote. He is the best, and his teams have won their division 8 times in his 10 years in baseball. How Colorado failed to win in the other two years is inexplicable. I blame his manager then, Walt Weiss.
- What impact did the player have on baseball history? Did he introduce any new equipment? Did he change the game in any way?
Along with Dansby Swanson, he has changed the rule that allows players into clubhouses without showing IDs.
- Did the player uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character that the Hall of Fame, in its written guidelines, instructs us to consider?