MLB Hall of Fame: Just How Big Should the Hall Be and Who Should Get In?

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MLB Hall of Fame: Just How Big Should the Hall Be and Who Should Get In?
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I know I’ve done a lot of Hall of Fame stuff lately. This will be the last piece for now, at least in this vein. This is more or less the direct sequel to “How Big Should the Hall of Fame Be?”. 

As a quick recap, I looked at historical trends in the Hall of Fame voting and determined that voters just aren’t inducting players like they used to. At least, not at the same rate. I then predicted who would make the Hall of Fame among active players, applying the standards of the past. It was fun—and highly speculative—but it didn’t match up with the original premise.

I wanted to say: “What types of players would we be inducting if we applied past Hall standards?”. Speculation is fun, but I should have been doing something more analytic. If we just went by old standards and inducted the top four or five percent of players in given years, who exactly would we be inducting? What would a Hall of Fame with those sets of players look like?

In that sense, I should have been straying towards more established players. Modern players are always fun, but there’s too much prediction and projection involved. If I took a year and added the top X-number of players to Cooperstown, what would that get us?

In that sense, I’m going to try one more thing: what active players in 2000 would make the Hall, now that we have sizable careers to use for comparisons?

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