Difficult duty remains for baseball Hall of Fame voters

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 11:55 PM

With few guidelines to go off of, writers must decide who is worthy on their own.

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cjbeartx111Jan. 4, 14 6:39 PM

Much respect, LaVelle, but I believe you meant Greg Maddux, not Mike.

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andynodakJan. 4, 14 6:56 PM

As long as Roger Marris is not a Hal of Famer, I consider the membership to be incomplete!

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jastkeJan. 4, 14 7:53 PM

I wish there were some way to make admission into the Hall more objective. For example, I will never understand why Bert Blyleven was not a first ballot inductee. When he retired he was third all-time in strikeouts. Meanwhile, Whitey Ford, an above-average pitcher but nowhere near Hall of Fame caliber, got in because he pitched for the Yankees during one of their glory periods. There are some idiots (our LEN III is not one of them, of course) casting ballots.

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tflinnJan. 4, 14 8:14 PM

I disagree with Frank Thomas being on the ballot. The guy was a good hitter, but a terrible position player. He was more DH than anything, and I have a problem with someone who could only manage being a DH getting into the HOF

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EvieJan. 4, 14 8:22 PM

I echo the comment regarding that the Hall of Fame is incomplete without Roger Maris. He was a two-time American League MVP, a Gold Glove outfielder and contributed to his teams advancing to World Series on seven occasions (five with the New York Yankees and two with the St. Louis Cardinals)...as a sidelight, he broke the single-season home run record of Babe Ruth in 1961....a man with similar stats to Maris, Bill Mazeroski, is in the Hall of Fame but not the Fargo native....a real shame.

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md56482Jan. 4, 1410:12 PM

I think some of the baseball writers enjoy causing controversy. The ones who vote for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, even though they cheated and affected the outcome of games. And mark it down, somebody won't vote for Greg Maddux, just to call attention to himself, even though he had 355 lifetime wins. And no, I don't think Jack Morris will get in, even though he deserves it. His 3.90 ERA is their excuse, even though his 175 complete games are enough for 10 teams for 5 years.

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BallFourJan. 4, 1410:48 PM

There are, I believe, five different objective yardsticks to measure ball players and their HOF merit on bb-reference.. Whitey Ford makes it on each. Maris fails on each. There's no sentiment to the measurement, no "Fargo's own" (Maris wasn't born there, by the way). Putting Maris in the HOF would be unfortunate. He was a good ball player, like many others. He's no HOFer.

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corngo4rJan. 5, 14 6:32 AM

Doesn't the NFL have a committee and whittle down process? Do it like that, there is some buzz because they announce the pool before the final selection. But selection is not made in a number of vacuums as the number of writers (and as one poster noted some of which have not seen the inside of a stadium recently).

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Willy53Jan. 5, 14 7:43 AM

Hey, Ballfour, Maris should be what the Hall is about. When he broke Ruth's record he was villified and threatened all year. He was so overwrought with worry generated by the public's reaction that his hair started falling out. Maris deserves the Hall, he is an icon and institution in the game. To leave him off is unfair. Morris is another one. He pitched in what is now acknowledged as the greatest World Series game of all time. In today's modern era when they talk of getting deep into games as the 7th inning, Morris would have laughed at that. He was an ironman and tough SOB. Comcpare that to the steroid users that cheated us out of the statistical relevance that baseball loves more than any other sport. NO STEROID USERS IN THE HALL. Everyone of them should have asterisks by their statistics. And Maris should never have an asterisk by his HR record.

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transplantedJan. 5, 14 8:23 AM

No Bonds, no McGwire, no Sosa. And it's high time you rally the troops LEN, to consider finally putting Pete Rose in the Hall, where he belongs.

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