The Hall is about fame ... and accomplishment. The Veterans Committee can weigh a candidate’s full body of work in the game. A composite .561 winning percentage as a manager is a compelling figure on its own. And there’s almost enough other good stuff to push me to the “he’s in” side of the fence.
Johnson’s candidacy doesn’t rise to the level of, say, Joe Torre’s. He was not as a player, a manager or a comparable jack of all trades. Torre’s a HOF certainty.
But a summer weekend in Cooperstown could happen for Johnson. I can’t see how anyone could be offended by his inclusion. He can’t be ignored.
But the damn fence remains. And I’m still seated on it.
Johnson is neither holding his breath nor crossing his fingers.
“Those sorts of things are about what I’ve done, and I prefer living in the present and the future,” he said Monday night. “I’m in the Mets Hall of Fame and proud that I am. I’m in the Florida Hall of Fame [for successes in and outside the game], and I’m pleased with that. And I’m in the Orioles’ Hall. That’s great, too. And I know I’m a candidate [for Cooperstown]. And it’s fulfilling to know that I’m recognized.
“I’m not a nostalgic person. I have some gloves that I like to look at once in a while.”
But no World Series lineup card, no pawn shop spheres noting the Johnson, Evans, Aaron season.
“If someone asked about all the stuff I have, I’d say, ‘Here, sell it.’ But my wife wants to hang on to it. I think she thinks it’ll be worth more after I’m gone.”
Posted: September 10, 2013 at 04:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
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