Posted by bad_luck on 1/9/2013 11:52:00 AM (view original):
So incredibly stupid. The BBWAA is an embarrassment.
Except when it comes to evaluating the difference between the careers of Biggio and Williams, apparently.
Of course Biggio is a lock - 3000 hits is still an automatic induction for the vast majority of voters. The question is should it be.
Regardless of what your evaluation of the differences in their careers is, the primary reason Biggio is going to get in easily with the writers while Williams just dropped off the ballot is because Biggio stuck around from age 38 to 41 and put up four additional past-peak years, while Bernie hung it up at 37. There's certainly value in that, but that much? I've always been pretty dubious about the idea that you should be able to significantly improve your HOF resume in the last 4-5 years of a 20 year career. By that point, you are what you are, unless you manage to completely defy the normal career path.
1/11/2013 11:23 PM (edited)