Isn't the Hall of Fame an Exclusive Club?
Look, I don't mean to come down hard on the current ex-leaguers who are vying for their spot in the Hall of Fame lineup. But with expansion, and the amazing growth of the game, there are simply too many deserving players retiring at a steady pace for certain less deserving guys to ever really have a shot. But that doesn't stop them from getting a vote here and there, possibly the result of someone's pity or practical joke.
Just look at some of the guys who are eligible this year:
Gary DiSarcina, Alex Fernandez, Gary Gaetti, Gregg Jeffries, Ozzie Guillen, Doug Jones, Hal Morris, Willie McGee, Walt Weiss, and John Wetteland. You can see how people feel about these guys and others here.
I think that the votes they try to sway away from the likes of Andre Dawson and Jim Rice--much more deserving players--may impact the overall results. Of course, when B.J. Surhoff becomes eligible in a decade or so I will start a campaign to try to get him in to the Hall. Perhaps someone somewhere is doing the same for each of these guys.
I'd pick Hal Morris out of that bunch, personally. But that's just me.