Rirruto wrote:LCBOY wrote:James basically concluded that Rizzuto doesn't belong in the HoF but he is FAR FROM THE WORST PLAYER in the HoF!!! All of the bad picks have come from the Veteran's Committee. There are probably about 40 players in the HoF that can't really be considered "great" players.
How do you think the Vet Committee justifies themeselves for electing these players will less than stellar statistics and accomplishments? I can think of one player who's stats weren't the best of the best but got voted in by the veterans, Larry Doby; the first African American to play in the American League. He had good stats but didn't really warrant a HoF enshrinement, at least as a player. He got voted in more because of all the adversity he went through and the courage that he showed for playing through all the hatred and racism he received through America. I gues the Veteran's Committee is more leniant on the stats side of things when electing people for the Hall.
Doby is NOT the typical Verteran's Committe choice. He was voted in mainly because he was the first black player in the AL. Also, Doby was a better player thna you might think. Per 162 games he averaged:
.283/.386/.490, 27 HRs, 103 RBIs, 101 runs, 92 BBs
He was a 7 time All-Star and finished 2nd in the 1954 AL MVP voting and he was only of the leaders of the great Cleveland teams of the late 1940s-early1950s.
Just by objective analysis he falls just short of a HoF career but he was dominant at times in his career. He was considered one of the best players at times in his career.
The Veteran's Committee for many years was 12 men who voted in secret. It was/is prone to a lot of crony-ism, favoritism, etc. Just take a look at the some of the names in the HoF. The absolute worst where the players voted in in the late 60s- early 70s. James writes about this in his book.