“You know, we’ve been looking backward,” he said. “What about the current players? Why don’t we consider Lincecum and Cain?”
A check of their stats revealed that Lincecum, in his four years, already has a better than four per year WAR average (18.7 total). And he has, of course, the two Cy Youngs and one fantastic post-season. “The Freak” is also showing up on several of the franchise Top Ten lists, including first in Adjusted ERA.
A waiver, however, was needed, because we’ve made a rule that a player needed a minimum of five years to get into the Hall of Giants.
Cain has six seasons under his belt, but not quite the yearly WAR average of four (20.9). But, of course, who can forget the 21 scoreless innings in the post season, and he’s number five in Win Probability Added.
A couple of members on the panel expressed concerns about these two precedents, but Cain’s waiver, too, passed unanimously.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, Lincecum and Cain are in my Hall of Giants.
Oh, by the way, my production assistant wants a raise for cutting Beck’s and Lincecum’s hair…