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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Koosman in…Bunning out? Hell, I didn’t even know Koosman was a Republican!
In his illuminating 1994 book The Politics of Glory, Bill James warned against falling head over heels for the “If-One-Then” argument, which goes “if this player is in and he’s comparable to this other player, then the other player should be in, too.” What it gets you, he wrote, is a Hall of Fame filled with players whose main qualification is they are all better than the worst Hall of Famer. Comparisons of the “If-One-Then” nature, James said, can help you make a case but they shouldn’t be the case.
Granted. But I’m still stumped as to why Jim Bunning was considered such a legitimate candidate for so long and why Jerry Koosman, his statistical doppelganger and the No. 12 Greatest Met of the First Forty Years, received all of four votes. Ideally, I’d simply throw Bunning out of Cooperstown, but they don’t do that sort of thing.
If the Doc Gooden watch had kept better time, this wouldn’t be an issue here today.
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