Looks like someone was able to make a convincing case for him. He was one of my all time favorites. I'll share a story a bit later.
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I've come around, and when Harold retired he was the greatest DH all time. If you're the best at retirement that should get you into the Hall.I guess the "Today's Game Era Committee" is simply code for "Committee to find some recent players who weren't on steroids", with the irony being that Tony LaRussa is on the committee.
Baines can't even boast Lee Smith's resume`....what a terrible HOF selection.
That's not even true. By the time Baines retired in 2001 you could argue a guy like Frank Thomas was already a better "all time DH".I've come around, and when Harold retired he was the greatest DH all time. If you're the best at retirement that should get you into the Hall.
Very happy for both selections.
Edgar Martinez is by far the best DH I've ever seen in my lifetime.Edgar Martinez was better by the time Baines retired. 7x AS, 5x Silver Slugger, 2x batting title, better MVP share finishes. For God sakes, they renamed the DH of the year award after him in 2004.
Harold Baines was MAYBE the 3rd or 4th best DH of his own era..He was never the best ever. You're wrong. This has been pointed out and proven.So the greatest to play a position at retirement does not deserve the Hall? If not for work stoppages he'd have the 3000 hits that get you in.