Not having to pay admission in Cooperstown means one thing—a player's numbers are good enough to merit inclusion in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
For years, those numbers have been 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 300 wins.
But there are other numbers that are equally important—and often overlooked: How a player seeking admission stacks up against those already enshrined.
Sure, a player's career needs to stand on its own at the final hour, but you'd be surprised at how you might view the careers of some of this year's top candidates for election after looking at the numbers side by side.
Let's take a look at the stories those numbers tell.
Rick Weiner is a Featured Columnist covering all of MLB and a member of B/R's Breaking News Team.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.