Considering how hard it is to make Major League Baseball (see Greg Bird), and how hard it is to stick in the Major Leagues (see Greg Bird), and how hard it is to forge a long career in the Major Leagues — especially as a player gets older and any slump they go into causes teams to consider getting rid of them — it can be argued that EVERY player in the top 50 list of All Time Games Played should be in the Hall of Fame. You might even say everyone in the top 100 list of All Time Games Played should be there.
Easy Translation Irregardless of Era
It automatically translates their statistics irregardless of if they played in a dead-ball era (like the 1970’s), or a lively-ball era (like the steroid era or the current lively-ball-literally era).
So even though at first blanch you’d say Harold Baines was never a difference maker or elite All Star that carried his team to a title, or was considered one of the elite players in the game — let’s take a look at the list — and looky there — Harold Baines #20. Of the thousands upon thousands of players to play in the Majors, and the millions who tried to make it — he’s #20 in games played in MLB. It is impressive.
Players in yellow below are in the Hall — and below this list, we’ll examine those not in Yellow.
The only ones not in are:
Gamblers and People Who Fixed the Scores of Baseball Games
‘roiders or suspected ‘roiders
Players who will most certainly be voted in when they become eligible
Players from the DEAD BALL 70’s that the HOF voters are PISSING on
- Rusty Staub (13th ALL TIME in games played !!)
- Graig Nettles (Gold Glove 3rd baseman and All Time Leader in Homers by 3rd Baseman American League!!!)
- Darrell Evans
- Dwight Evans
It is all so clear to me now I don’t know why I didn’t think of this formula (Top 50 players in All Time Games Played should be in Hall) sooner.
And why are HOF voters pissing on Le Grande Orange? Rumors that he was gay?
It gets worse when you see how the above players like Nettles, Staub, and the Evans non-brothers stand out against the field — let’s look at numbers 51 to 72 All Time — features some BIG NAMES (like Babe Ruth)!
There are some guys in the 50-100 list who provide some weakness to the formula — like Ron Fairly specifically. But look who is poetically #100 — Sammy Sosa. I thought Lou Whitaker WAS in the Hall of Fame.
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