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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Take an interesting trip with the Baseball Crank into the “grey area” fields surrounding the Hall of Fame…
This essay is an effort to look systematically at the Hall of Fame candidacies (or former candidacies) of Jim Rice, Albert Belle, and Andre Dawson, among others, by putting their batting stats in a common context with other players with similar types of credentials.
There’s a bit of explanation up front, but bear with me. As long time readers of my blog know, I’m dead-set against putting Dawson in Cooperstown, while I’ve gone back and forth repeatedly but leaned towards thinking that Rice just misses the cut. My initial gut reaction was that Belle should go in, but I wanted to lay the cases for and against each of these guys together on a common basis rather than keep having one-off discussions that ignore the broader question of where you draw a consistent line among candidates who seem to inhabit the grey area around the Hall’s standards.
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