Here is a true GEM. Posted on ESPN attributed to the AP:
Ripken retired as one of only seven players with 400 homers and 3,000 hits and was elected to play in 19 All-Star Games. He also revolutionized the shortstop position, setting the stage for superstars like Alex Rodriguez by adding power to a job typically manned by the quick and the slick.
But Ripken's singular Hall of Fame credential is his consecutive games streak and the record-breaking run in 1995 that is credited with bringing baseball back from a strike that forced the cancellation of the '94 World Series.
Ok let me get this straight....The streak is the only HOF credential Ripken has? WOW! 3,000 Hits, 400+ HR's, 2 MVP's, 1 ROY, 19 ALL Star appearances and changing the dynamic of what a SS blueprint looks like. Oh yeah... he has a ring.
If that's the case then what is Paul Molitor, Ryne Sandberg, Robin Yount and Mike Schmidt doing in the Hall? Geez. I hope they just mis-phrased their article.