OK, this might be fun.
Who do you think should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame who isn't there now? (This list
might help you make up your mind)
Who do you think shouldn't be there who has already been inducted? (Here's a list of all the players in the Hall of Fame
Players who should be there:
-- as good a fielder as Brooks Robinson and better offensive stats.
-- probably the only reason he's not there right now is because voters are deciding whether he should be elected as a player or as a manager.
-- I'm not a big fan of inducting relievers (please, God, don't let Lee Smith in!), but Sutter revolutionized relief pitching and introduced the split-fingered fastball. If Candy Cummings is in there, then Sutter should be there too.
-- Hey, if Jim Bunning is in, why is Luis Tiant out?
Players who shouldn't be there:
-- what a travesty! Everyone made a big deal about how he's the only pitcher to have been a 20 game winner and had 50 saves in a season during the course of his career. But he only won 20 games once
and he only had 50 saves once
. Apart from his 20-game season, he was better-than-mediocre: as a reliever he was somewhat above-average. Hardly Hall of Famer material.
-- As much as I hate to say it (see my avatar), Wilson shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame. He was elected on the basis of one great year (1929) and one astronomically phenomenal year (1930). Otherwise, he was just above-average (or worse). If Roger Maris can't get in on the strength of two great years, neither should Wilson (or, for that matter, Eckersley -- see above).
Ross Youngs, Amos Rusie
-- Two players elected as much on the promise of seasons that they didn't
play as their performances in years where they did. Youngs died of a kidney disorder after a 10-year career; Rusie, who apparently was something of a malcontented drunk, retired after a 10-year pitching career with a lame arm. It's too bad that they couldn't have played more seasons, but then it's also too bad that Ted Williams didn't surpass Ruth's home run record because of his military service. Them's the breaks, kids. If we give awards for careers that might have been, then Ray Chapman and Tony Conigliaro should be inducted.