Due to the different opportunities presented to Black and Latino players before integration, the Hall Rating of these players does not accurately reflect their Hall of Fame cases. When possible, the Hall of Stats uses Eric Chalek’s Negro League MLEs to present an alternate Hall Rating for prominent early Black and Latino stars. Cool Papa Bell has a 95 Hall Rating using these MLEs. The rest of the stats on this page come from real game data, not MLEs.
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Over the course of his career, Cool Papa Bell made 5,405 plate appearances and pitched 309 innings. Bell was worth 35.3 Wins Above Replacement (31.5 as a hitter and 3.8 as a pitcher) and 17.7 Wins Above Average (16.3 as a hitter and 1.2 as a pitcher).
After adjusting for length of schedule, catchers, and relief pitchers, the 35.3 WAR becomes 57.2 adjWAR. Then, WAA is adjusted by ignoring negative seasons (thus, truly capturing a player’s peak seasons) and making similar adjustments for catchers and relief pitchers. After these adjustments, the 17.7 WAA becomes 18.8 adjWAA.
Then, the adjWAR and adjWAA are combined, but with extra weighting given to adjWAA. This gives Bell 91.0 wWAR. wWAR is then converted to Hall Rating. A Hall Rating of 100 represents the Hall of Stats borderline (similar to OPS+ or wRC+, where 100 represents league average).
Cool Papa Bell has a Hall Rating of 86, leaving him short of induction to the Hall of Stats.
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