Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Plus, determining positions like offensive linemen are not only difficult because there's not stats behind it but it's not really a "sexy" debate so to speak. Every position in baseball has a stat to it in which you can determine if that player was dominant or not. That isn't the same in the NFL.
I don't watch the NBA so I can't give you an answer on that.
EDIT: On a whole, I would rather have less public interest in the MLB HOF if that means voters get it right rather than the BS we have going on now. I'll sacrifice popularity if it saves what little sanity I have left, lol.
Last edited by MikeThierry; 01-02-2013 at 03:28 PM.
One other thought on this is that baseball is American history. It's been in the fabric of America since the Civil War when it's popularity spread due to soldiers playing it everywhere. Baseball players were the first famous athletes in America. There is a rich history there. The NFL is the most popular sport in America but it really didn't overtake baseball and other sports until the late 70's. We didn't see Ty Cobb play but he was widely known and is still widely known. Most people can't even give you 20 players that played profession football in the 1950's. That's another reason why you don't get the same kind of discussion in the NFL HOF voting.
Interesting blog article comparing and contrasting amphetamine and steroid use HERE. Food for thought...
""Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona." George Will
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
Max (Mantle's quack) was better known as "Dr. Feelgood" back in the day.In 1961, during his home run race with Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle developed a sudden abscess that kept him on the bench. It came from an infected needle used by Max Jacobson, a quack who injected Mantle with a home-brew containing steroids and speed. In his autobiography, Hank Aaron admitted once taking an amphetamine tablet during a game. The Pirates’ John Milner testified at a drug dealer’s trial that his teammate, Willie Mays, kept “red juice,” a liquid form of speed, in his locker. (Mays denied it.) After he retired, Sandy Koufax admitted the he was often “half high” on the mound from the drugs he took for his ailing left arm.
For decades, baseball beat writers — the Hall of Fame’s designated electoral college — shielded the players from scrutiny. When the Internet (and exposés by two former ballplayers, Jim Bouton and Jose Canseco) allowed fans to see what was really happening, the baseball writers were revealed as dupes or stooges. In a rage, they formed a posse to drive the drug users out of the game.
But today’s superstars have lawyers and a union. They know how to use the news media. And they have plenty of money. The only way to punish them is to deny them a place in Cooperstown. The punishment has already been visited on Mark McGwire, and many more are on deck.
Don Drysdale said he did so many painkillers in 1968 that the scoreboard was unreadable.
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