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When a player is barred from playing in MLB by The Powers That Be, this unrealized value should be a consideration in his case.
What's "ludicrous" is mandating to others that they either MUST or MUST NOT consider the unrealized value. It exists - you can consider it, or not, and if you choose to consider it, that is your right. If others choose to consider it in a different manner, that is their right. The guidelines leave assessing "player ability" in the mind of the voters.
What happened to cause the BBWAA election rules to attain this "ideal", immutable form? ... the Hall [is] deaf to any outside criticism. Any critique, no matter how measured, rational and potentially helpful, goes unheeded.
Or it could be that they're lazy, or a combination of lazy and shrewd
Lower. I'd say NPB lies somewhere between AAA and AAAA, and probably at the low end of that, particularly after MLB has skimmed off the cream. Which means that middle-roster NPBers might not even make a AAA team.
It's preposterous to count NBP stats for the HOF. Players are awarded "value" for the baseball playing done in the major leagues.
It's not totally preposterous to give a guy unspecified non-quantitative "bonus credit" for not playing in the majors when physically capable for one reason or another (NBP, stuck in AAA like Edgar, fighting a war). If Ichiro NEEDS NBP "credit" to be in the HOF then he is by definition a marginal candidate.
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