Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
No Go, Ryno
I know this is a day late, but I had a long diatribe in the works about how I didn't understand the HOF voting process, how the concept of what I refer to as "vote creep" (where a deserving player who is acknowledged to be an eventual Hall of Famer starts the process short of the votes necessary for enshrinement, then creeps up over a period of years until he hits the magic 75%, as if the passing of time made him a more worthy candidate) was beyond my comprehension, and how some of these same players are forced by the voters to wait for a "weak" ballot to get their necessary induction ratio as if it were a statement of their relative "worthiness."
Then I remembered that Bill James wrote a whole book about this, and rather than venting 2,000 words of spleen on a topic that's already been thoroughly covered by one of the great writers in the game, I figured I should save myself the embarrassment and say that while I'm disappointed that Sandberg didn't make it this year, his time will come. The votes will "creep," and like Gary Carter before him, Ryno will have his day.