FanGRAPHS: Arguing For A "Big Hall"

One of the odd things about the Hall of Fame is that nobody seems to have a different idea of what the Hall of Fame should be. Should it be reserved for players like Willie Mays and Ty Cobb? The best of the best? Or should the doors be thrown open to any player as good as (say) Freddie Lindstrom and Travis Jackson, in the Hall of Fame already?

Granted, most people are somewhere in the middle. That’s where I am. Right down the middle, actually. If there are 20 shortstops in the Hall of Fame, I want my candidate to be better than 10 of them. Or close.

But this “big Hall / small Hall” debate just keeps coming up. Or maybe it’s actually not a “big Hall” but a bigger Hall that most people really want. That’s where Dave Cameron is, for sure.

Since I think there are a bunch of guys who aren’t in the Hall of Fame and should be, I suppose I’m on Dave’s side. But I think there are a lot of guys who are in who shouldn’t be. So really, the message isn’t that we need a bigger Hall of Fame. What we need is a better Hall of Fame.

And good luck with that one.

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