I wrote up a Community Research piece the other day on changing the definition of a “quality start” to better suit the realities of modern AL and NL baseball. Read all about it here.
As part of my previous piece on the BBWAA, I mentioned some of the most questionable choices the writers have made for the Hall of Fame. In so many ways, the Hall is more about the fringe members (and non-members) than the inner-circle guys, and the fact of the matter is that there are plenty of players (and non-players) who probably ought to be thrown OUT of the Hall.
So, that’s my mission today – to create an “All-Star” team of players, managers and executives who don’t belong in Cooperstown.
A brief disclaimer: None of the players I’m going to mention were, in any sense of the term, bad. They all played at least 10 seasons in the major leagues, and they all had their moments of greatness. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated. I just don’t think they were good enough to be even borderline Hall of Famers.
For the most part, I used the baseball-reference.com version of WAR to compile this list. Exceptions are noted.
On Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that three players – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas – had been elected. Evidently it’s a good year for guys with ‘Thomas’ somewhere in their names. They’ll join managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in the Class of 2014.
On Wednesday, semi-serious sports site Deadspin.com also announced the name of the writer who’d surrendered his Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin readers. That writer is Dan Le Batard, ESPN contributor and columnist for the Miami Herald.
On Thursday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced that Le Batard’s membership would be suspended for one year and that he would not be allowed to vote in future Hall of Fame elections.
I can’t say I’m surprised by this news, but I am exceptionally disappointed.
Well, we’ll see the results of the Hall of Fame voting tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a look at the guys who were at least considered for my virtual ballot. Not all of them are Hall of Famers in my view, but all of them at least have a case, and it’s worth breaking them down in detail.
We start with a couple who are at once overwhelmingly qualified and incredibly questionable. Baseball!