Bruce Sutter was just elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame. He's the only player this year. It's ridiculous.
I know Sutter gets some credit for developing the split finger pitch, but I have no idea how he is considered a better pitcher than Goose Gossage or Lee Smith. All were very comparable in their primes. Are Gossage and Smith being penalized because they stuck around for longer and got more cheap saves?
Gossage and Smith were both effective into their late thirties and early forties. I think that should help them, but it hurts them. I've always ranked Sutter behing Gossage and Smith when tallying my own (meaningless) HoF vote.
Bert Blyleven's (the game's best starting pitcher between Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens, an entire generation) low vote total continues to be stunning, as are Alan Trammell's (2nd best shortstop of his generation after Ripken, and a much better player overall than Ozzie Smith) and Jack Morris's (the best starting pitcher besides Blyleven in between Clemens and Ryan, and the best Big Game pitcher of his time, penalized because his ERA rose in his later years). I'm now on the Jim Rice bandwagon, as well; the steroids era has tainted my view back to thinking he was a pretty premier player. Still no on Andre Dawson or Tommy John, though. I bet they're disappointed.
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