How long is too long? (Shoeless Joe Jackson)
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02-06-2013, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by
No Fun Shogun
All awful human beings, but not against the rules of the game. Throwing games and betting on games are against the rules of the game, though, which is why Rose and Jackson aren't in and Cobb is in.
That's the difference.
.... not to mention that it certainly didn't hurt that those guys all played in a fairly damn racist era. Should players be as good at the game as them and as racist as them now, then I'd be willing to bet that an active Klansman wouldn't be voted into the Hall of Fame, even if he was a career .400 hitter.
The problem I have is still today the veterans committee is electing "builders" that were proponents of segregation. The fact that some folks still think the steroid era is the biggest cloud in baseball history is distressing.
I've always been on the side of the numbers being the sole determination of election. Whether you saved 20 people from a burning building or even if you enjoy Robin Williams comedy, it should have no bearing on HOF election IMO.
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