Bah! Nobody goes there anymore, they all go to the Yogi Berra Museum. (humorless sabermetric yuck there)
The point is there are now far too many players in the Hall, or up for consideration for the Hall, that don’t immediately connote greatness.
The Hall should be for only those that elicit a universal, “oh yeah, he was one of the greats” – and not, “what a solid, clutch player and a good guy.” Sure, once in a while there should be heated discussion regarding a borderline player but there are just too many “close but no cigar” players that are nominated now.
And one can blame Bill James and the rest of the humorless sabermetric crowd for the overabundance of the B-plus players that we’ll see nominated in the coming decades. There’s so much nuanced data at our disposal that one can use these new stats to elevate a player and prove that so-and-so is indeed deserving of Hall status.
...But in a few years when so many other players either slightly better or slightly worse than Santo are also elected, it won’t seem as high an honor.
Because, after all, the Hall is now on the dreaded slippery slope as what was previously reserved seating for the select few is now becoming general admission for many.
Time to restrict the guest list again. It’s getting too crowded in here.