Skin Blues wrote: bigken117 wrote:
Skin Blues wrote:It's not the MLB Hall of Fame, it's the Baseball Hall of Fame. How many MLB games did Cool Papa Bell or Josh Gibson play? But still... I don't think he gets in.
Is Sadaharu Oh in there?
Hardly anybody in the US knows who he is. Obviously having an audience here plays a big part in recognition, but it's not strictly an MLB distinction. Ichiro would get in if he retired today, despite not having the magical 3000 hits or anything. He might never reach that anyway, if he keeps OPSing ~600. Godzilla came over here past his prime and still rattled off 8 Very Good/Excellent seasons after dominating NPB for an entire decade. But like I said... probably won't get in. It's like transferring between colleges and only half of your credits count.
It's the National Baseball Hall of Fame, that's why Oh isn't in there. Not because hardly anybody in the US knows who he is. Every true baseball fan knows who he is.
Matsui won't get in because he hasn't been good enough while he was playing here. Ichiro very well could, because he has been very good while he has been here.