Posted by bad_luck on 8/7/2013 6:22:00 PM (view original):
You're using Colin cowherd "fame" argument? The hall of fame is for the best players, not the most famous.
Just because you want it to be "... for the best the best players, not the most famous" doesn't mean it is. Its not the "Hall of the Best Baseball Players" or the "Hall of Elite Baseball Players", its the "Hall of Fame". A player's life and contributions to the game outside of their statistics are germane to their HOF consideration.
That's why, in spite of the objections of some on this site, Ichiro is going to cruise on into the HOF, with very little debate. If he was just another American ball-player, or even Dominican, it wouldn't be that clear-cut, but he was the most famous baseball player in the world for a good bit of his career, and was the first Japanese player to make a significant splash in MLB (beyond one good year, and some ok years like Nomo, etc.)