Former Mariners CF Mike Cameron Unlikely To Ever Make HOF
By Adam Levi
Former Mariners centerfielder, Mike Cameron is the second of two past M’s players that are on the hall of fame ballot for the first time -the other is Arthur Rhodes. Much like Rhodes, when you look at the other players already enshrined in the hall of fame, the odds of Cameron being sworn in seem fairly thin.
Unlike former Mariners wins leader, Jamie Moyer (featured in cover shot), Mike Cameron’s chances of being selected for the Mariners Hall of Fame are slim, let alone the MLB Hall of Fame.
Another thing the two don’t have in common? Moyer -when he becomes eligible for the hall next year- won’t be statistically bested by so many men already enshrined in the hall of fame. This is what’s hurting Cameron’s chances the most to get in despite his decent years with the Mariners.
Cameron was not just an impressive batter, but a terrific fielder as well. He showed off both of these talents during his time in Seattle. Collecting two Gold Gloves in four years, Cameron covered far more than centerfield if it meant making an out. With a is fielding percentage of about .990, Cameron still ranks as one of the Mariners best centerfielders of all time.
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His offensive numbers weren’t too shabby either. Pounding eighty-seven home runs -twenty-five each in two of his four years- and driving in nearly three hundred and fifty runs.
Unfortunately for Cameron, his short-lived greatness with the M’s did not last once he left for other franchises, and it impacted his final standing next to hall of fame players.
Cameron would end his career with two hundred and seventy-eight dingers, which is about hundred less than if he kept pace with his M’s numbers. It also was so few that forty hall of fame position players smacked more.
His statistics don’t get much better when you look at his RBI’s and doubles. Even though he finished with nine hundred and sixty-eight RBI and three hundred and eighty-three doubles (three hundred and forty-four and one hundred and fifteen with the Mariners) he ranks ninety-fourth and eighty-first respectively among hall of famers.
To boot, only two current members of the hall finished their career with more strikeouts than Cameron.
Next: Former Mariner Arthur Rhodes Won't Make The HOF
So, despite the solid figures he put up in Seattle, the rest of his career doesn’t even come close to the worthiness of enshrinement into the hall of fame. At least, Mariners fans can be happy that he played his best ball in Seattle and it helped them all the way to the ALCS.