Re: Cleaning Up Cooperstown
Originally Posted by RedsBaron
In his book about the Hall of Fame, "The Politics of Glory," Bill James ranked the best retired player at each position who was not in the HOF (this was in the mid 1990s). James ranked Joe Torre and Simmons as 1 and 1A in the list of catchers.
I have never come to a firm decision with regard to Simmons but I agree that he should have lasted more than one year on the HOF ballot.
My standards for the HOF are pretty high. For example I would not vote for Gil Hodges, Roger Maris, Jack Morris, Tony Oliva or any of the other candidate that so many people think belong. In fact I wouldn't vote for my #2 childhood baseball hero David Concepcion because I think he falls just short. So before I read the book "The Politics of Glory" there is no way I would have considered Ted Simmons or Bobby Grich to be anywhere near HOF worthy but after reading the book James convinced me they belong. The fact the HOF voters wouldn't vote them past the first ballot speaks volumes for just how clueless they are.
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