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It's no metropolis, but it's not a bumblefuck either.
Yeah, I think that kind of system is one where I could be OK if it results in Jack Morris or Roger Maris (if such an idea is applied to players that only a veteran's committee can consider) getting in. There would be a stark line between what the Hall of Fame is and what the Hall of Merit is in that case.
There is obviously a difference now. I think the reason it bothers me is that the HOF goes through a pretense of limiting the gatekeepers to experts, but then so many of them display a complete lack of understanding of the game, or ability for critical thinking. And you wind up with a process that concludes Jim Rice was better than Dwight Evans, or that Jack Morris was better than Orel Hershiser or Kevin Brown.
I think that's a very good idea. You could probably even tour the exhibit around to every major league city during the year. Anyone who went to see it would get a vote. It would do a lot more to increase knowledge and appreciation of both baseball and the Hall of Fame than polling sportswriters or locking a bunch of historians up in a room somewhere to come to scientifically correct conclusions, and if it ended up with Jack Morris in and Roger Clemens out, so what?
It would do a lot more to increase knowledge and appreciation of both baseball and the Hall of Fame than polling sportswriters or locking a bunch of historians up in a room somewhere to come to scientifically correct conclusions, and if it ended up with Jack Morris in and Roger Clemens out, so what?
How many people even know what the Hall of Merit is? A few hundred? Maybe into the thousands? It's a fun project and I'm glad it exists, but it is not a viable alternative to the Hall of Fame. No rational person would be envious of the HOF for getting all the media attention because there is no reason to think such levels of media attention could possibly be focused on the Hall of Merit.
Nah, that'd take too much work, and it's more fun making fun of Murray Chass and Joe Morgan
In that sense, I think of the Baseball HOF a bit like I think of the World's Largest Ball of Twine, or Wall Drug.
I don't see how it could possibly hurt the Hall of Fame's credibility with baseball fans to reflect what actual baseball fans want it to be through the self correcting mechanism of mass voting.
Add those two words, and then tell it to your friends here who seem to confuse the two institutions, in spite of 77 years' worth of countering experience.
and maybe one day even building a building or two.
I think we'd all agree that Sam and David are both institutions.
Or maybe that they should be *in* institutions, along with the rest of us :)
I always like it when Andy refers to the HOF and the HOM as "the two institutions", as if one is the Library of Congress and the other is the Smithsonian or something.
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