LBJackal wrote:Quaker wrote:One should be careful when saying 30 or so homeruns in a season isn't that impressive. Balls didn't always fly out of the park like the do today. In 1981 for example, 22 HRs led the AL and 31 led the NL.
Yes, but that's all Rice did. Batted .300 with 30 HR's. He played a lot of DH and a player's fielding should also come into play when you're judging who should be in the Hall. Maybe I'm under-estimating the 30 HR's, and for a player to do that and still have a good BA obviously requires a lot of skill. But to me, HOF means far and above just "good". I guess if I saw the stats of the other elite players in his prime I coudl make a better judgement.
I know he played a diff position, but look at Brett...he never hit more than 35 and his career AVG was .305 I believe....I think RIce should be in.....the only guys I would sya no to so far are Mattingly, Belle, and Murphy