The Hall of Fame has been at a crossroads for additional than a decade now owing to uncertainty on how to look at what I simply call the PED 5, which seems like an outlaw gang that made use of to rob stagecoaches and saloons in Dodge Metropolis: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. A group that has now been extended to also include Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.
To make the Hall of Fame debates even much more disorienting, in new many years the many veterans committees have grown exceedingly — what is the right term right here? — magnanimous in their selections. You should not get me erroneous, Jack Morris, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva and Gil Hodges ended up all exceptional ballplayers and it will be in particular enjoyable to see Kaat and Oliva, both of those in their 80s, get enshrined this summer months. It is also honest to say that none of these players lifted the in general stage of the Corridor of Fame. Kaat has the highest job WAR of that group at 50.5 — a overall exceeded by 18 of the 30 gamers on this year’s ballot.
Just before you leap on my case, no, it is really not the Corridor of WAR. Which is just a single barometer to look at, though career value and figures have usually been the talking factors for a player’s candidacy — not fame or acceptance or even contributions made in the postseason.
In a perception, the deficiency of a apparent bar has turned some fans off on the total procedure, myself incorporated. I am nonetheless a pair many years away from voting eligibility, but my normal philosophy would be as follows:
(1) The Corridor has elected Bud Selig, John Schuerholz, Pat Gillick, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa — all of whom enabled, ignored or simply did not care about PEDs in baseball. I really don’t see how you can put Bud Selig in the Hall of Fame immediately after he presided over the sport through the steroid period and not Barry Bonds.
(2) Does this participant increase the average amount of the Hall of Fame?
With that 2nd component in mind, there is one particular adhere to-up query to request: Who is the most effective player at just about every posture not presently in the Hall of Fame? Each and every prospect shouldn’t be analyzed in isolation. So let’s appear at the very best players not currently in Cooperstown at just about every situation: