21-30: Players of the quality of the better veterans’ committee selections. The numerical argument is frequently harder to see. Again, all are in the Hall of Merit.
• John Beckwith-3B/SS (1918-38) (WAR) (#31 HOP) (HoM 1957-18th) – Great Negro League hitter and successful manager.
• Charlie Bennett-C (1878-93) (37.7 WAR) (#32 HOP) (HoM 1921-23rd) – Most durable catcher of his day and a much better hitter than the average backstop. OPS+ of 142 1881-88. Much beloved in Detroit where
In the extremes, there are basically two answers to the question, who should be elected to the Hall of Fame? 1) Nobody but the all-time greats. 2) Everybody better than the worst player enshrined.
The first answer is the Small Hall view, taken to its logical extreme. That view sees the Hall as a place only for the “best of the best”; we must stop “watering it down” and only elect the greatest of each generation. So this means what? Five players in a decade? Whatever.
Part of the educational program to develop the electorate will be to give them a ballot with more information about the players than just names. We want to try to include useful information in a concise format. Voters will also be directed to sources for more information.
The aim is two fold: 1) to give the voters a statistical portrait, an image of every candidate, side-by-side with the other candidates; 2) to encourage the voters to perform further exploration of the candidates.
Part 4c – Removing Barriers to Consensus
The Hall of Fame should communicate to the BBWAA voters that they must stop denying election to so many deserving players; that the voters have a mandate to comprehend and acquiesce to the standards established over 75 years of electing players to the Hall. So the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA should be looking for ways to promote consensus. This is not to say they should strong-arm the voters and coerce them to fall in line with how everyone
Updated 11-01-2010 at 01:00 PM by Freakshow
Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 4: Building Consensus
By Daniel Greenia
Part 4a – Renewed Eligibility for 20-Year Retirees / A Ballot
Continual research into history leads to an evolving understanding of past events. The same is certainly true for baseball history. The statistical and historical knowledge are ever expanding. Our understanding of players’ quality, and their standing among the greats, advances a great deal in twenty years. This being