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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I would not have voted to enshrine Jim Rice into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Though Win Shares give only a crude indication of a player's overall contributions, the measure does provide a means for quickly assessing the 2009 candidates. By that measure, Jim Rice was no better than the 12th candidate among this year's class.

If I had a ballot, I would have voted for the following players:
Rickey Henderson
Tim Raines
Mark McGwire
Bert Blyleven
Alan Trammell (SS)
McGwire was a close call because of the many allegations about steroids, but given baseball's willingness to ignore racism for many decades in deciding Hall membership, I'm going to be willing to ignore alleged cases of steroid abuse. For now anyway.

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