August 01, 2005

Jim Bunning wants changes to the Veterans Committee:: he seems to think that they need to elect someone every year, whether they feel there are worthy candidates available or not.

posted by sakana to baseball at 08:04 AM - 8 comments

It is kinda hard to believe after 100 plus years of baseball there isn't a veteran non worthy to get in the hof each year . Maybe the bloated statistics of modern day era is overshadowing the players of the past . It was a totally different game back then with huge stadiums instead of cracker jack fields such as texas or colorado where the ball flies out with ease . So maybe it takes a veteran to appreciate a veteran player . How often do you hear an old player come in as a guest during a broadcast and talk about someone we've never heard of , yet they played with or against them . They have the knowledge first hand whereas those in charge of making the decisions who is in or out may not possess .

posted by evil empire at 08:52 AM on August 01

It's not that Bunning doesn't have a point. It's that that point would have a lot more weight coming from someone who doesn't have a (borderline, but still) chance of benefitting personally because of such a rule change. evil empire, you have a point as well, but if after two years (and then another two) they don't elect anyone, then I'm guessing holding the vote twice as often isn't going to change much.

posted by chicobangs at 09:04 AM on August 01

coming from someone who doesn't have a (borderline, but still) chance of benefitting personally because of such a rule change. I don't get it. How would he benefit? He's already in. He was voted in by the Veteran's committee in 1996.

posted by chris2sy at 10:03 AM on August 01

I stand corrected. He is in. I missed that. But my second point, I think, still stands. If the best any veteran was able to get was still 10% short of induction, voting twice as often isn't going to change that.

posted by chicobangs at 12:01 PM on August 01

I invited a bunch of former teammates, but not one them was able to come Boggs speaking of redsox team mates that came to the induction. Maybe it is not just Manny that is an ass in that organization

posted by jojomfd1 at 02:41 PM on August 01

GO RON SANTO, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by volfire at 02:45 PM on August 01

Thats an understatement jojomfd1 lol ... the red sox are as disfunctional a team as can possibly exist . yet they win ala the yankees of the mid 70s known as the bronx zoo . as for boggs , he has made enemies everywhere he's gone . also does anyone remember this ??? check it out and relive a wholesome day in his life .

posted by evil empire at 04:07 PM on August 01

never knew that, what a class act, no wonder he was a red sock. thanks evil

posted by jojomfd1 at 10:24 PM on August 01

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