Originally Posted by Imac7065
Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, etc etc.. people you cannot argue against logically.. these are "first ballot hofers"
Biggio, Nellie Fox, Billy Williams, Tony Perez, etc etc... these are guys people can and have argued against.. and are not first ballot HOFers
-But why? *Why* aren't they first-ballot? Because the voters historically have maintained this odd honor? Have you even seen ballots cast by these numbskulls over the last few decades?
Just saying "not first ballot" means acrapsolutely nothing. What changes in the players stats/qualifications 5 years down the road? Nostalgia? Grey Hair? They wear diapers now so we feel sorry for them?
I just don't get it. I understand individual voters change, and am understanding of that being one possible reason for some late ballot players getting in. But that isn't the majority of what's happening here. The majority seem to have this odd notion int heir heads as well.
Similar stuff happens at work with guys that have been at the firm waaaaay too long. They'll say things like 'that's the way it's always been' or 'that department just works best that way'.