Numbers play a big part in determining who’s a Hall of Famer, but timing, contemporaries, and other historical accidents also make their impact felt.
Keeping the best players in recent history out of the Hall won’t help baseball transcend the so-called Steroid Era.
The Hall of Fame welcomed three new (but long-deceased) members yesterday. Might the 2013 Cooperstown ceremony lack a living inductee?
Somebody’s got to make a case for the 11th-best position player in Padres history.
Why Marvin Miller wanted no part of an invitation to Cooperstown.
In 2012, Chipper Jones received an assortment of strange gifts from each opponent he played on his last trip around the league. In 2031, he will finally figure out what to do with them.
Ben and Sam discuss whether a team should have claimed Joe Mauer, what he’s worth, and what his future will look like, then talk about the end of Erik Bedard’s stay in Pittsburgh and how sad it is when a guy who’s always either good or injured goes bad.
Alex Rodriguez had an extraordinary prime, but he’s aging much more like an average player, and that’s not good news for the Yankees.
How do the Hall of Fame cases of Vladimir Guerrero, Johnny Damon, and Manny Ramirez stack up?
Probably don’t worry about Starlin Castro.
A look at 10 new managerial candidates, and a conversation with Mets manager Terry Collins.
It’s the end of a catching era; Pudge Rodriguez is hanging up the spikes.
Why have two of the top 30 position players since 1950 been ignored by BBWAA voters and bloggers alike?
While we wait breathlessly for word from Cooperstown about the results of the new Veterans Committee balloting, the STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame voters have spoken their collective mind here on BP.
Almost from the day it opened, the Baseball Hall of Fame has had some form of a Veterans Committee to supplement the player selections voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In fact, Cy Young, who finished sixth behind the first five inductees, also received the fourth-highest 1936 vote total from the Old-Timers Committee.
A total of 3558 voters cast ballots this season.