Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Originally Posted by kaldaniels
Nah, it just speaks to the psychology of humans waiting till the last possible moment to do some things. I agree that someone that doesn't get in till the 15th try probably isn't of the same tier as someone who got in on their first couple years of eligibility.
But as long as there are 15 years of eligibility you can figure on guys sneaking in at the last minute, which on the whole, isn't a bad thing to me.
I have no idea, but I bet there are a solid group of guys who have been selected from their 9th year on the ballot on...
I'll agree that there will be a "solid" group of guys. Great players. No argument at all from me. But are they the "best of the best"? Lots of players were all-stars multiple times. But were they dominating players of their era? The number of years a player is on the ballot is another thing the HoF should re-think as well IMO. For those borderline players who never get in, this time of the year is simply another round of torture for them I'd think. I would think 5 years is more than enough time to keep someone on the ballot. A couple of years just in case a once-in-a-lifetime type of player pops onto the ballot and overshadows you. A couple of years to lobby your case if needed (although that's also something that shouldn't have to be done IMO). Anything more than that is overkill I'd think. IMO either you're a HoF'er, or your not. If you have to stop and think about it...the guy probably isn't a HoF'er IMO.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.
Last edited by _Sir_Charles_; 12-31-2012 at 03:40 PM.