A Problem With The MLB Hall Of Fame

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Professional sports have a few things in common, they have great players: a record book and a Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is the ultimate threshold for any player to accomplish after their career has ended. You have some players without doubt who are going to their respected sport’s Hall of Fame. The usual sure-fire way to guarantee a spot in the Hall of Fame is to hold some type of significant record. The one Hall of Fame with an exception to the rule is the one of the MLB. The Hall of Fame voters own a unique skill to make fans scratch their head when it comes to not only who gets in but who becomes first ballot. The MLB Hall of Fame has been around longer than any of the 4 American Sports, (NBA NHL NFL MLB) but it also has the least number of members. The MLB Hall of Fame also has a very low number of inducted members who has been 1st ballot Hall of Famers (58). When you look at the MLB record book and the MLB Hall of Fame, they are not even remotely identical and never will be.

When you look at every other Hall of Fame every all-time leader of a category has been inducted or will be inducted when their wait period is up. When you look at the MLB Hall of Fame however you would notice that the all-time leader in Major League Hits, (Pete Rose) all-time home run leader (Barry Bonds) and all time Cy Young wins Leader (Roger Clemens) are not and will not ever be listed in the Hall of Fame. The record books will reflect however that they impacted the game in a significant way.  Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire who will always be remembered for the 1998 home run season where at the time they set the mark for the 1st and 2nd most home runs by a player in a single season.

The MLB had an induction class of one this year even though it had six more than worthy candidates who could have been inducted. The people that were not inducted all had one thing in common they were not likable people. Some of them did steroids but so did David Ortiz but he was liked amongst the community, so his stories career gets him enshrined. Pete Rose did bet on games, but he put a good number of batting records out of reach.  Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens did not do prohibited drugs but instead their personalities and actions kept them out of the Hall of Fame.

The moral of the story is that there is a certain criterion one must meet to make the Hall. The first is to reach a certain milestone and have a nice size list of accolades. The next and most important is to have a greater personality than your skill set.

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