Robinson Cano vs. Hall-of-Fame second basemen
How does Robinson Cano compare statistically with the 19 second baseman in the Baseball Hall of Fame over their first nine seasons? We ranked each of them in five major offensive categories, then added up all the rankings.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1937
Stats through Season 9: .363 AVG, 829 R, 65 HR, 843 RBI, 184 SB
Career notes: LaJoie played from 1896-1916 and finished his career with 3,242 hits. He hit .426 in 1901 en route to the AL Triple Crown (14 HR, 125 RBIs). LaJoie batted over .300 in 16 of 21 seasons, and posted a .963 career fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1962
Stats through Season 9: .314 AVG, 886 R, 127 HR, 691 RBI, 185 SB
Career notes: No doubt Robinson changed the game forever by breaking the color barrier, and he had an excellent career during his 10 seasons with the Dodgers. Robinson was a menace on the basepaths to opposing teams stealing home 19 times in his career. He won Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the MVP award in 1949 with a .342 average, 16 home runs, 132 RBI and 37 stolen bases. He had a .983 career fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2011
Stats through Season 9: .302 AVG, 829 R, 99 HR, 593 RBI, 313 SB
Career notes: The 12-time All-Star batted at least .300 nine times and stole 30 or more bases eight times. Alomar won six Gold Gloves from 1991-96 and finished with 10 when he retired, the most by a second baseman. The switch-hitter played all but five games at second and finished with a .984 fielding percentage with San Diego, Baltimore, Toronto, Cleveland, Arizona, White Sox and the Mets.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1947
Stats through Season 9: .324 AVG, 813 R, 64 HR, 602 RBI, 272 SB
Career notes: A switch-hitter, Frisch played 19 seasons with the Giants and Cardinals. The Bronx native won the MVP award in 1931 (.311, 4 HR, 82 RBIs) and stole at least 30 bags four times. Frisch batted at least .300 in 11 straight seasons from 1921-31 with a .974 lifetime fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1997
Stats through Season 9: .300 AVG, 742 R, 128 HR, 895 RBI, 121 SB
Career notes: Lazzeri was one of the key members of the Yankees' famed "Murderer's Row" lineup during the 1920s and ‘30s. Although he never hit booming home runs like Babe Ruth or play in as many consecutive games as Lou Gehrig, Lazzeri hit over .300 five times and drove in 100-plus runs seven times. He had a .967 fielding percentage at second base during his 14 seasons with the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants.
Stats through Season 9: .309 AVG, 799 R, 204 HR, 822 RBI, 38 SB
Career notes: Cano is a five-time All-Star who could leave the Yankees through free agency this winter. He's hit no less than 25 homers the last five seasons and has 94 or more RBIs from 2010-13. He won Gold Gloves in 2010 and 2012 and has a .986 fielding percentage. He finished second for AL Rookie of the Year in 2005, third in the MVP balloting in 2010, fourth in MVP voting in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1942
Stats through Season 9: .351 AVG, 730 R, 116 HR, 721 RBI, 104 SB
Career notes: Hornsby played 23 seasons with the Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Cubs, Browns and Reds. He hit over .400 three times and won the Triple Crown in 1922 (.401, 42 HR, 152 RBI) and 1925 (.403, 39 HR, 143 RBI). He was named MVP twice and had a .965 lifetime fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2009
Stats through Season 9: .272 AVG, 781 R, 214 HR, 834 RBI, 80 SB
Career notes: Gordon played 11 seasons with the Yankees and Indians from 1938-50 and missed two seasons to serve in World War II. He won the MVP in 1942 batting .322 with 18 home runs and 103 RBIs. "Flash" was selected to nine straight All-Star games and hit 20 or more home runs seven times. He holds the AL record for career home runs by a second basemen with 253. Gordon had a .970 fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2005
Stats through Season 9: .285 AVG, 756 R, 139 HR, 549 RBI, 250 SB
Career notes: The 1984 NL MVP won nine consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1983-91 (and had a .989 fielding percentage), still a record among second basemen. The 10-time All-Star redefined the position with his power and defensive skills.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1939
Stats through Season 9: .338 AVG, 702 runs, 15 HR, 474 RBI, 367 SB
Career notes: Collins played 25 seasons with the Athletics and White Sox. He finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting seven times, winning in 1914 with a .344 average. He stole 40 or more bases nine times in his career and batted over .300 17 times. Nicknamed "Cocky," Collins is one of only nine guys to play 25 or more seasons.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1949
Stats through Season 9: .314 AVG, 739 R, 63 HR, 548 RBI, 110 SB
Career notes: Gehringer played 19 seasons with the Tigers and had 200 hits seven times. Known as "The Mechanical Man" for his consistent play, Gehringer won the 1937 MVP, hitting .371 with 14 home runs and 96 RBIs. The six-time All-Star drove in 100 runs seven times in his career while compiling a .976 fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2000
Stats through Season 9: .262 AVG, 887 R, 30 HR, 487 RBI, 307 SB
Career notes: McPhee played 18 seasons (1882-99) for what is now the Cincinnati Reds. McPhee played in an era where no glove was common. Despite being gloveless, he was considered a superior fielder with a .944 fielding percentage. He stole 40 or more bases seven times and scored 100-plus runs 10 times.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1986
Stats through Season 9: .289 AVG, 667 runs, 121 HR, 739 RBI, 41 SB
Career notes: Doerr played his entire 14-year career with the Boston Red Sox. Doerr was a consistent run producer driving in 100 or more runs six times. He was selected to nine All-Star games and never played a game at a position other than second base. Doerr had a .980 lifetime fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1975
Stats through Season 9: .312 AVG, 794 R, 32 HR, 520 RBI, 52 SB
Career notes: Herman played the majority of his 15-year career with the Cubs and was a 10-time All-Star selection. He finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting five times and had a .967 lifetime fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1989
Stats through Season 9: .288 AVG, 807 R, 46 HR, 482 RBI, 68 SB
Career notes: Schoendienst spent 19 years with the Cardinals, Braves and Giants earning 10 All-Star selections. He had three top-10 finishes in the MVP voting and finished his career with 2,449 hits. He came up as an outfielder and moved to second base in 1946 where he had a .983 fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1946
Stats through Season 9: .269 AVG, 559 R, 5 HR, 329 RBI, 258 SB
Career notes: Evers was a scrappy player during his 18 seasons with the Cubs, Braves, Phillies and White Sox. Evers won the MVP award in 1914 and is best known for being the pivot man in the Cubs' famed Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance infield that won consecutive World Series titles in 1907-08.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1990
Stats through Season 9: .263 AVG, 531 R, 61 HR, 278 RBI, 195 SB
Career notes: Morgan was one of the best all-around players during his 22 seasons in baseball. As a member of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine," Morgan won consecutive MVP awards in 1975-76 and appeared in 10 All-Star games. He stole 40 or more bases nine times and retired with a .392 on-base percentage. Morgan was a slick fielder, winning five Gold Gloves and posting a .981 career fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2001
Stats through Season 9: .264 AVG, 501 R, 93 HR, 515 RBI, 14 SB
Career notes: Mazeroski finished his 17-year career with a .983 fielding percentage and is regarded by many baseball historians as one of the best second basemen of all-time. He won eight Gold Gloves and had a .983 fielding percentage. A seven-time All-Star not known for his bat, Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series against the Yankees. It was the first walk-off homer in World Series history.
Hall of Fame Induction: 1997
Stats through Season 9: .294 AVG, 561 R, 15 HR, 323 RBI, 48 SB
Career notes: Fox played 19 seasons with the Athletics, White Sox and Astros. The 12-time All-Star won the MVP award in 1959 hitting .306 with two home runs and 70 RBIs. Not known for his power, Fox was a consistent contact hitter who had at least 190 hits six times. He won three Gold Gloves and had a .984 fielding percentage.
Hall of Fame Induction: 2006
Stats through Season 9: N/A
Career note: Frank Grant is often regarding as one of the greatest black players of the 19th century. He played for 20 seasons in the integrated minor leagues and later, the Negro Leagues. Grant hit over .300 during his six seasons in the minors. He played all positions but excelled at second base because of his speed and ability to make difficult plays around the bag.