Thoughts on the Hall of Fame
First, this guy belongs. This guy adds a touch of class to everything he touches. I don’t know if his NFL resume is up to the standards of the Hall, but what a class individual.
Now to the baseball Hall of Fame, where I say the voters got it right there as well. Rickey Henderson is the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, bar none, and Jim Rice was the most-feared hitter in baseball for a number of years. I’m glad Big Jim got in on his final try. But there are at least a couple of others who deserve the Hall as well, chiefly Bert “Be Home” Blyleven, and Tim “Purple” Raines. Though he finished about 8th in this year’s voting, not really close to being elected, Raines is clearly deserving. If there were no Rickey Henderson, we might consider Tim Raines the greatest leadoff hitter of all time. The guy got on base better than Tony Gwynn (that’s a sobering thought, given Gwynn’s shoo-in candidacy of several years back), and when he got there, he stole bases better, percentage-wise, than did Henderson. He had some pop in his bat as well, when he needed it. Tim Raines was underappreciated because he spent most of his career in Montreal, but in my book, this guy belongs.