Jim Cutt’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday raises questions about the eligibility of others.

Jim Cutt’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday raises a long-standing issue.

How do you weigh the carrier price against the peak price? How big do career numbers have to be before a player is as hall-worthy as someone with even a fraction of MVP-level performance?

And are there any other former Chicago pitchers who could follow the path of Kaat, waiting nearly 40 years for destiny?

Cott was one of seven players inducted Sunday, and three are from Chicago. Manny Minoso, the first black Latino player in the major leagues, starred for the White Sox. Longtime Negro Leagues player and manager Buck O’Neill was a Cub scout and coach.

Katt had two of his three 20-plus victory seasons and one partial season with the Sox. He was 21-13 with a 2.92 ERA in 1974 and 20-14 with a 3.11 ERA in 1975.

All told, Kaat — who won a career-best 25 games for the Twins in 1966 — won 283 games in a 25-year career that ended in 1983.

The matter of cut mainly depends on the value of the carrier. He won nine times in the minors with two 18-win seasons, one in 17, 16 and 15, three in 14 and one in 13. Also, Kat’s most enduring impression is as a great fielder, with 16 golds. gloves.

Adjusted for parks and competition, Kaat’s 3.45 career ERA yielded a 108 ERA+, meaning he was 8% more successful than average in giving up earned runs.

JAWS, the Jaffe WAR Score System devised by Jay Jaffe, weights career and high values. It uses the Baseball-Reference.com version of WAR for a player’s career cumulative average with a seven-year peak.

Cott has a 50.5 career pitching WAR (not including at-bats) and a 38.1 average over his best seven seasons at 44.3 JAWS. Those are below the 73.0/49.8/61.4 average for Hall of Fame starting pitchers — a tough benchmark to be sure. They put Kaat firmly in the “maybe” range, ahead of Jack Morris (43.5/32.5/38.0) but not in the stratosphere with Pedro Martinez (83.9/58.2/71.1).

Among 20th- and 21st-century pitchers not in the Hall of Fame, the wins leader is Roger Clemens (354), whose 10-year run on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot ended in the last voting cycle. He was accused of steroid use.

The next two have Chicago connections: Tommy John, who won 288 games from 1963-89, played seven seasons with the Sox starting in 1965; .

Moyer’s metrics are similar to Kaat’s, with a 103 ERA+ and career WAR/peak WAR/JAWS of 49.8/32.8/41.3.

John is a bit taller. Like Kaat, he had three seasons with 20 or more victories and added seven seasons of 13 to 18 victories. He has a 111 ERA+ and WAR and JAWS line of 61.5/34.6/48.1.

And if “fame” is a qualification, John lives on as the first person to have ulnar collateral ligament surgery named after him.

As with Kaat, John’s record does not call for enshrinement. But it’s worth a second, third or fourth look.

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