I was just looking at some numbers and I find it kind of odd that Albert Belle didn't garner much attention as far as a HOF candidate goes........he was arguably the best all around hitter of the 1990s and was forced out of the game because of a hip injury, not old age. It's almost a certainty if he hadn't been hurt he would have gone on to make it. Even with the injury his numbers stack up well with people who got in (Puckett, etc.). Was it really a combo of the injury and his unpopularity with the media that cost him a fair opportunity at induction? That's what it seems like.....
Belle's short career really hurts. There is a pretty good list of players not in the Hall who were just as valuable if not moreso than Belle and played 5+ more seasons than he did. Tremendous hitter for sure, but falls well short of the greats of the 90s.
Pogotheostrich wrote:Puckett gets a boost from playing CF but I can see him compared to Jim Rice pretty easily. No idea why he didn't get more consideration other than the fact the media didn't like him very much.
Rice's inclusion really screwed up the HOF because there are numerous players who stack up to him in every possible way and aren't in. Complete joke that he got in IMO and it's only because of the name on the front of his uniform. Put him in San Diego his entire career and he's not sniffing it.