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A player gets one chance – one ballot. You’re in or you’re not. Period.
The Steroid Era… make a decision. Make it now.
The board will not establish new guidelines. It won’t happen. They will leave it up to the nearly 580 voters to decide on their own.
After I read Phil Rogers’ piece in the Tribune this morning, I felt compelled to write.
Phil said he plans to “re-examine” his non-vote on Lee Smith from last year. The former closer is making his 10th appearance on the ballot. What is there to re-examine? Have his numbers changed? Did he pitch last season and therefore help or hurt his chances of making the Hall?
Phil isn’t the only guy that does this – he’s the only baseball writer that has a ballot that I read on a regular basis.
reating voting as a one-off thing would be the same as declaring "All right, we have completed the work of evaluating Abraham Lincoln. No one is allowed to research or write about him any more, it's time to move on to Andrew Johnson."
Andrew Johnson was soft on vampires.
(if that actually is the premise of the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer movie, or whatever the flick was, please, don't tell me...)
Slight threadjacking, since no one cares what this guy thinks. I'm getting my 8 year old his first Strat game for Christmas, and the cards are HOFers, plus another 100+ HOVGers.
Does Bill James's New Historical Abstract include Negro Leaguers, at least in its top-ten or top-twenty lists? If so, it would be good; it would have most of the current HOF.
Andrew Johnson was soft on the South
Conclusion: The South was populated by vampires.
You could make a decent allegory to the white gentry sucking the life-blood out of the slave population, but if you want to stick with traditional tropes, you'd go pre-Romero zombie lit, which is 100% about the loss of bodily agency and becoming a slave.
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