Joe Posnanski writes about re-thinking the Hall of Fame. The only thing I don’t like is he leaves Kirby Puckett out. Here are his new criteria to get into the hall of fame.
1. Has to achieve a consensus of greatness. I like those words. Could make for a good book title: “Consensus of Greatness.” The player had to be viewed as an all-time great by the majority of people, more, the VAST majority of people. This is by far our No. 1 goal here, to find those people who are viewed as legends.
2. Have to be so good that there’s no one precisely comparable. This is very important. One of the most annoying parts of the Hall of Fame to those people who want it reduced to the core is that people keep saying: “Well if Bill Mazeroski is in the Hall of Fame than Frank White has a case to be in there” or “Well if Catfish Hunter is in the Hall of Fame then Luis Tiant has a case to be in there.” The truth of these statements seems to annoy the hell out of them. They would rather Maz and Catfish were OUT rather than putting other people IN. So, we need players without annoying comps.
3. Should pass what Tom Verducci calls “the eyeball” test. We’re talking gut feeling here.
4. Had to be in the same league with Willie Mays as an all-around ballplayer.