I'm not a baseball fan and don't know much about the history of the sport but a guy like this not being in the Hall of Fame seems insanity. I don't even know what the NBA equivalent of this would be.
Achievement and era wise, this is leaving out Jordan.
Every time people bash the basketball Hall I shake my head because the baseball HOF - often held up as the gold standard - is the one with true problems.
The voters there do all sorts of things that make no sense from a perspective of what a Hall of Fame museum is for.
1. Valuing immensely raw cumulative stats over superstars or champions. A guy who no fan cares about who just plays long enough will get in.
2. Making â€śfirst ballotâ€ť a thing to the point where there are some voters who basically never end up voting for the greats of the game - they get in in first ballot with non-unanimous votes.
3. And no worst of all holding a purity line in the steroid era that doesnâ€™t make because a) there have always been known cheaters in the hall, b) they are still voting steroid users in just not the faces of steroids, c) the MLB looked the other way for so long that a guy like Bonds started using in order to compete with those he knew were juicing, and thus when voters hold the line they essentially censor the history of the highest quality (and last popular) era.
Thereâ€™s no sport I know of where tradition and culture has gotten more ass backwards than baseball.
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