Trammell deserves to be in the Hall. He compiled 70.4 Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in his 20 year career. As late as 1993, he was worth 4.2 WAR in only 112 games. He was worth more than 6 WAR six times, with his best ever season coming in 1987, when he finished with 8.2 WAR and second in MVP voting. He lost to George Bell, who only had 5 WAR.
Trammell won 5 Gold Gloves in his career at shortstop. He was worth almost 2 WAR in many seasons for his defense alone. But, it was above average offense from the shortstop position that was his bread and butter. He only hit more than 20 homers twice in a season, but often posted solid on-base percentages and a career OPS of .767, good for a OPS+ of 110.
His counting numbers may not have been enough for traditional Hall-of-Fame voters. But, his contributions to his team relative to his position versus the rest of the league at the time gave him a case with the baseball veteran voters. FanGraphs only has him at 63.7 career WAR, but that’s still more than enough to be considered and more than many other Hall-of-Famers. Trammell was one of the better players in his day and definitely deserves the recognition.
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