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Jeff Bagwell: Mark McGwire, listed further down, kicked off the consideration of what is called,...

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Jeff Bagwell: Mark McGwire, listed further down, kicked off the consideration of what is called, for better or worse, the "Steroid Era." And on this ballot, we're really starting to get into the heart of it. There's concern that we're going to honor every hitter fortunate enough to go deep a few times over the last 20 years or so. I don't view it that way. Thanks to comparable stats like WAR and OPS+, we can measure players against their contemporaries and act accordingly. And compared to his contemporaries, Bagwell kicks some major tail. He put up an excellent rookie year and just kept getting better. If you look, he didn't revert back to his rookie year (1991) value until 2002, and that was because his defense - very good for the bulk of his career - started to slip, according to the metrics used by baseball-reference.com. So he's a Yes. Ken Davidoff's Hall of Fame Ballot at Newsday - The middle paragraph nails it. (As does the entire article -- definitely worth reading the whole thing.)

Practically speaking, we can't put all the great first basemen of the last 30 years into the Hall...

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Practically speaking, we can't put all the great first basemen of the last 30 years into the Hall of Fame. There are just too damned many of them (in addition to those mentioned already, we've also got Keith Hernandez and Todd Helton). I just happen to think Bagwell was the best of them. My guess, though, is that he doesn't get named on more than 50 percent of the ballots in this, his first try.

Rob Neyer | SweetSpot Maybe Bagwell's shortened career will affect his HoF chances after all?

OK, this is the part where I strenuously object to relying solely on WAR when evaluating a player's...

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OK, this is the part where I strenuously object to relying solely on WAR when evaluating a player's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Rob Neyer | Sweetspot Great read as Rob describes the difficulty with electing GMs, the problem with politics on the committee, and the limitation of WAR when used to look at potential candidates of specific positions. Maybe it's time for a positional break-out of the HoF-Zone?

Pavano...told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in an e-mail that he believes McGwire belongs in the...

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Pavano...told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in an e-mail that he believes McGwire belongs in the Hall of Fame: "I enjoyed watching him change the game," wrote Pavano, who now pitches for the Twins.

John Perrotto on the BP Midweek Update. Perrotto points out how Pavano (who surrendered no. 70) reacted differently than Trachsel (no. 62), who said McGwire shouldn't be in the Hall. I really, really like Carl Pavano.

Here’s what I mean: From 1967-72, the Detroit Tigers won a World Series and a division c...

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Here’s what I mean: From 1967-72, the Detroit Tigers won a World Series and a division championship. They won 90-plus games four times. They were obviously very good. But the only Hall of Fame semi-regular on those teams was the aging Al Kaline, who was obviously still great but never played more than 133 games in any season. And it’s not like those teams did not have Hall of Fame candidates. . . . OK. Now, from 1983 to 1988, the Tigers won a World Series, a division title, and won 87 or more games five times. They were obviously very good. There is not one Tigers player on those teams who is in the Hall of Fame or is likely to get there any time soon (unless the Jack Morris wave starts to crest). . . . My point is: Do the voters have something against Detroit?

The Hall of Merit and Fame

John Stockton, the NBA career leader in assists and steals who spent his entire 19-year career with...

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John Stockton, the NBA career leader in assists and steals who spent his entire 19-year career with the Utah Jazz, will be named as a new member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday. The official announcement about the Class of 2009 will be made in Detroit, in conjunction with the Final Four. The Tribune has learned, however, that Stockton received at least 18 votes from the Hall of Fame's 24-member honors committee and will be inducted in September.

Stockton named to Basketball Hall of Fame - Salt Lake Tribune

Television is the medium of show and tell. The show, meaning the fighters, are the most important...

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Television is the medium of show and tell. The show, meaning the fighters, are the most important by far. I’m just one of the tellers and I am deeply honored to be a footnote of all the great fighters that are in the Hall of Fame.

Larry Merchant, who is part of the 2009 Hall of Fame class

The antiunion bias of the powers who control the hall has consistently prevented recognition of t...

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The antiunion bias of the powers who control the hall has consistently prevented recognition of the historic significance of the changes to baseball brought about by collective bargaining. As former executive director (retired since 1983) of the players’ union that negotiated these changes, I find myself unwilling to contemplate one more rigged veterans committee whose members are handpicked to reach a particular outcome while offering the pretense of a democratic vote. It is an insult to baseball fans, historians, sports writers and especially to those baseball players who sacrificed and brought the game into the 21st century. At the age of 91, I can do without farce.

Marvin Miller on why he no longer wants to be considered for election to the Hall of Fame. He should be in, and I understand his disgust.
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