OK, I must be speaking Arabic or something.
When a post is started with "8000 have....", it leads one to believe it's a big number. When the poll gives "80+" as an option, the automatic assumption is 1%. I brought up 1% because that's simple math. And top 1% is certainly worthy of being acknowledged as far above the norm, way above the average. Which, in this case, would be HOF-worthy.
As for the purpose of the HOF, I think it's there to "reward" the best of the best. Mark Fidrych was fantastic. Dude was the best pitcher(or at the top) his rookie year. Talked to ball, manicured the mound on his hands and knees, had crazy hair. Died by getting crushed by a truck. Great story from start to finish. Certainly not HOF-worthy even though I'd love to read more stories about him and the like. That's why I wouldn't wasnt to see and learn as much about as many players as possible in the HALL OF FAME. I can look 'em up on the internet. At the HOF, I want to read about the absolute best.