This is Rabbit Maranville he was inducted into the baseball HOF in 1956.
To make it more plainly he was in the dead ball area. When he was voted into the HOF in 1956 I’m sure they marveled at his stats. He was inducted with just two other players one being Bill Dickey. He was second in MVP voting with a .246 BA and 4 HR. The question I want to ask is how did baseball come into one of the major sports in this country if those kind of stats gets you second in MVP voting. Of course back in the day there was some studs that we all know but for the regular night on a Tuesday that games must have been unwatchable in today’s standards, kind of like Michigan Wisconsin last night.
I’ll come out and say it that I’m a big steroid guy. When baseball went on strike in the 94-95 season I was young enough to just be done with it. That was after I became huge fan because the fun loving Pirates teams with Bonds, Bonilla and my favorite Andy Van Slyke. I actually still have my baseball cards. The best thing to ever happen to baseball in my lifetime (according to me) is the earthquake that happened during the 1989 world series ( A’s and Giants) and the Home run off between Sosa and Mark Mcguire. They received record TV ratings that year because they had 13 players hit over 40 HR’s in 1998.
That brings me to the 2017 class for the HOF. Here they are in no particular order: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Trevor Hoffman, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Fred McGriff, Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Billy Wagner, Sammy Sosa, Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Wakefield, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriquez and a shout out to Magglio Ordonez. There are some really fun players that we all had the pleasure to watch. But to the point here is that some of the best players to ever play their positions are on this list. Baseball is a grueling sport. Even with all of the downtime of the ridiculous 162 game season it is a grueling one. The HOF obviously isn’t a judge of character, looking at you Ty Cobb, so I wish these sports writers get out of their own way in the modern era and vote the best players of our generation or ever in with the likes of Rabbit Maranville
Ps. Trying to not get started of the obvious hypocrisy that is Bud Selig getting in. I could write a book on that.