Mark McGwire, 1B
Oakland Athletics (1986-97), St. Louis Cardinals (1997-2001)
A twelve-time All-Star, Mark McGwire was first drafted in the 8th Round by the Montreal Expos in 1981 (did not sign) and then as the 10th pick overall in the 1984 draft by the Oakland Athletics. Before signing with the Athletics, Mcgwire represented his country in the 1984 Olympics, winning a Silver Medal. In his rookie season of 1987, McGwire set the rookie record with 49 home runs, leading the American League in that category and slugging percentage as well. Except for a few years in which McGwire was slowed by injuries, “Big Mac” was the standard for home runs and nearly every power statistic for most of his 16 year career. While there may be discussions if McGwire’s batting average and average glove should prevent him from being in the Hall of Fame, it is apparent that McGwire is an all-time great power hitter, and his career statistics (while may be questioned by some) may continue to be some of the best for many years to come.
Looking over his career statistics, there are many numbers that are bolded as a league leader. McGwire was never considered a top hitter in the league, with a career batting average of .263. He had an average as high as .312 in 1996 and as low as .187 in his last season of 2001. He lead the American League and National League twice each in home runs and finished in the top ten six other times. He had over 100 runs batted in during a season six times, reaching 147 twice in his career (1998 and 1999, the league leader). Being a feared hitter, he was walked over 1,300 times in his career. He led each league once and because of his ability to walk, his career on-base percentage was nearly .400. McGwire hit over 40 home runs six times and over 50 home runs four times. In 1998, he broke Roger Maris’ Home run record by hitting 70 home runs and followed that season up with hitting 65 home runs in 1999. McGwire also finished in the Top 2 in Slugging Percentage six times, spanning both leagues as well.
When he finished his career, McGwire was 5th all-time in home runs with 583 (he is now 8th all-time). He is also in the Top 100 of All-Time in the following categories: On-Base Percentage (.394, 78th), Slugging Percentage (.588, 9th), On-Base Plus Slugging (.982, 11th), Runs Batted In (1,414, 66th), Bases on Balls (1,317, 36th), Extra Base Hits (841, 76th) and Home Runs per At-Bats (10.6, 1st Career Overall). McGwire lost over a full season to injuries, and injuries prevented McGwire from playing a full season in two others. Even with his injuries, if you average out all of his career statistics, McGwire would have averaged 101 runs, 141 hits, 50 home runs, 122 runs batted in and walked 114 times throughout his career.
McGwire was remarried in 2002. Since that time, he has formed the Mark McGwire Foundation for Children. This foundation supports agencies that help children that have been physically and sexually abused.
McGwire has been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2007. Yes, there are reasons and circumstances as to why he has not been elected to the Hall of Fame. We here at Inside Pulse understand and acknowledge these circumstances. However, his overall career statistics cannot be overlooked. We at Inside Pulse Sports have elected Mark McGwire into our Hall of Fame.
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