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Why Jim Kaat Should Be In The Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Jim Kaat had 283 career victories … more than 38 current Hall of Famers, including contemporaries such as Jim Palmer, Whitey Ford and Don Drysdale.
Jim Kaat won 16 Gold Gloves … more than any other Hall of Fame pitcher (at least until Greg Maddux gets there).
Jim Kaat pitched 4,530 innings … more than 44 current Hall of Famers, including Bob Gibson, Jim Bunning and Carl Hubbell.
Jim Kaat struck out 2,461 batters … more than 45 current Hall of Famers, including Robin Roberts, Early Wynn and Lefty Grove.
During his long careers as a player and then as a broadcaster, Jim Kaat has always been a fine gentleman and terrific ambassador for the game.
Jim Kaat was one of the most amazing all-around athletes to toe a major league pitching rubber. He pitched in the majors for 25 years, was quite possibly the best fielding pitcher ever to play the game, and was one of baseball’s best-hitting pitchers throughout his career.
Look at his record. And then tell me …
What’s keeping Jim Kaat out of Cooperstown?