Trammell won 5 Gold Gloves in his career at shortstop, and 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 many Hall-of-Fame voters, but his contributions to his team relative to his position versus the rest of the league at the time should give him a no-doubt case. FanGraphs only has him at 63.7 career WAR, but that’s still more than enough to be considered and more than a good deal of other Hall-of-Famers. Trammell will still be on the Hall-of-Fame ballot for 2015, but with the glut of deserving candidates ahead of him, it’s likely it may be his last year and it may take the Veterans Committee to get him in, but he definitely should be in there.
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