Hall of Fame? Try just ‘Very Good’

January 7, 2010 by  

On Wednesday the Baseball Writers Association of America voted to make Andre Dawson the only member of the first Hall of Fame class of the new decade.

With that decision, the BBWA continued to march the Hall away from its namesake of “fame” and toward another moniker that, while it is still praiseworthy in its own right, is not of the same meaning and prestige. Indeed, over the last decade or so, a good number of the selections by the BBWA for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown have done more to highlight the need for a Hall of Very Good rather than enshrine players that deserve to be remembered as truly elite throughout the future of baseball history.

Take Dawson for example. He has a career .279/.32...

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