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Bloody Sox wrote:If we're kicking the least worthy guys out of the HOF who shouldn't be in there in order to raise the standards (which I would love to see happen), then I agree that Rice should not be in. But based on the current standard, Rice should be in there. A guy shouldn't be penalized for not hanging around for 4-5 extra years to add to his counting stats. Rice had an 11 year stretch where he was easily one of the best hitters in baseball. Too many people look at 382 career HRs and keep him out based on the elevated numbers in the 90s.
If you take Rice's career numbers and break them into 162 game full seasons, he played 13 years with an average season of .298, 97 R, 30 HR, 113 RBI, .854 OPS - those are impressive enough, but even more so when compared to the other players from 1975-1990. By comparison, Tony Perez played 17 full seasons with an average season of .279, 74, 22, 96, .804. There are plenty of other examples of guys already in the HOF who Rice has much better (offensive) numbers than.
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