The argument that I am circling around is that you can only be judged by your own play on a daily basis. Anyone who has watched, coached or played knows for a fact that excellent defense is a huge advantage at EVERY position. It only takes one play to turn a game. Even if 10% of the plays that first baseman make over a given season are above average and better than another player, that could equal 130 plays (nearly one per game for most of the season). Over 17,000 guys have played baseball. If you are in the top 50 in a major category, you certainly deserve strong consideration to be in the HoF. If only 30 guys hit more HR's than you, that is INCREDIBLE and any team would take that player.
Additionally, Baines and Edgar are proving that defense is certainly a consideration for the HoF. To me, I never really saw Jim Thome as a HoF'er. He was not a great 3B or 1B hasn't played in the field regularly in years. He never really hit for average and does not steal bases. One day I looked up and he had 600 hrs. What do we do with Thome? with that many bombs, I say he has to go in.