Madlock's case for the HOF is the kind of case a fan would make in a letter to The Sporting News or Baseball Digest. That's not a knock; such letters were usually more well-reasoned than some of the arguments that involve bizarre groupings.
Originally Posted by 1905 Giants
I'm normally biased against a guy who pops off a lot, but I am beginning to see that a degree of the negative image of Madlock as a person has been overstated. There is not a lot of evidence to show that Madlock caused his teams to underperform, and a decent degree of evidence that shows Madlock as a guy that helped his teams win.
"I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."
NL President Ford Frick, 1947