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Hall of Fame thread

I'm not a baseball historian. I don't claim to be. So please take these comments on some of the HOF eligibles with a grain of salt.

  • Bruce Sutter -- Meh. I'm not opposed to him getting in, but it's hard to see why he was elected over Gossage.
  • Goose Gossage -- See above. Sutter had the better ERA, but pitched 800 fewer innings than Goose. That's eqiuvalent to 10+ years of relief work in today's game.
  • Albert Belle -- He recieved just 7.7% of the vote in his first year on the ballot. When you look at Belle's case, you automatically have to compare him to Kirby Puckett. Both were forced out of the game early due to health issues but Belle's peak was higher. -- He's going to be a tough case based on the simple fact that he was a curmudgeon. Oh, and that whole corked bat thing too. Steroids era and all.
  • Ozzie Guillen -- Recieved just 5 votes. Rightfully so. He's not a Hall of Famer.
What do you guys think? What about Tommy John? He's another fringe candidate. Does the surgery that now bares his name push him over the edge?