It seems like an eternity ago that we had the 2012 Hall of Fame elections.
This weekend, Barry Larkin and Ron Santo will finally be inducted into Cooperstown, both deservedly so. As a big Hall person, I’ve long maintained that the Hall as it is is not inducting players fast enough. Both Larkin and Santo are evidence of that. The fact that it took Larkin three years to get inducted is bad; that it took Santo 32 years is indefensible.
People are not being inclusive enough in their Hall selections. There are plenty of ways to look at it, but there had to be some way to show that the selection process has, if anything, gotten pickier.
A lot of people probably don’t realize that as such, given the amount of complaining each year as to how the Hall of Fame is getting watered down.
Save it for the legends, they say. Except it’s never been that selective. For every Bruce Sutter or Kirby Puckett that people like to complain about now, there was a High Pockets Kelly or Rick Ferrell from back in the day that got elected.
My argument isn’t that the Hall has always been as selective as it is now; I’m saying that it actually has much higher standards today than it ever has in the past.