A fantastic professional hitter, he was a line-drive waiting to happen, Berkman rests on that outer rim of the Hall of Fame, a great player who just missed accomplishing the things needed to nudge the voters into his camp.
“The Hebrew Hammer” crushes lefthanded pitching, always has. His career rate of 33 homers per 500 at-bats against southpaws rates among the best in history, and it’s comparable to that of Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Jimmie Foxx. The highest rate of home runs per 500 ABs against lefties is 49 by Babe Ruth, who batted lefthanded, of course. The next 19 batters on the list are righthanded until you get to Barry Bonds (34 HR). Braun averages 25 home runs per 500 ABs against righties.
Stone was a good left-handed hitter who won the batting title in 1906 for the St. Louis Browns. He saved his money and retired at the age of 33 to open a bank. He later owned a minor league team.