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Oh man, former Oakland manager/current Mets coach Bob Geren was once on Family Feud! Let's all watch the whole thing. 

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January 11, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The Election


Joe Sheehan

Bruce Sutter is the newest member of the Hall of Fame, an honor that stems more from a quirk in the process than from any evaluation of his career.

It's not fun writing that a guy shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame. It's much easier to write that someone does deserve an honor, which is just one reason why most players see gradual rises in their vote counts over time. It's more enjoyable to talk about what a player's accomplishments were, what positive memories he created, rather than objectively compare him to his peers and to established standards. Because of this, much of the coverage of Sutter's election ignored his short career and his clear inferiority to another reliever on the ballot, and continued exaggerating his role in the use of the split-fingered fastball and the development of the closer position.

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