Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo died before gaining entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but to speak generally, it should be harder to earn enshrinement.
As the years go by, it becomes increasingly clear that players who linger on the ballot for 10 or more years often end up getting in, their candidacies gaining traction despite the unchanging insufficiency of their numbers. Jim Rice is the most famous example, but hardly the only one.
It's also clear that the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who vote to enshrine players are woefully out of touch. Some, after all, are years removed from active duty in the field. Others refuse to update their knowledge of the game in accordance with all the new information that has become available in the past 20 years. Still others seem to try to think like fans and vote for players with high profiles, friendly personas or elite Q-scores.
As a result, not only are too many players enshrined, but some are there who simply do not belong, and others who fully deserve to be there are absent.
Here are the 25 least deserving Hall of Famers, and the men who should get their spots.