Originally Posted by Russian Crushin
But it is a hall of achievement, thats what the Hall is in competitive sports
To have a guy like Gatti get in but not even Dariusz like discussed in this thread is a joke. It completely dilutes the names that are in there for merit
I didn't vote for Hill, Dariusz, or Gatti. All voters approach different. I would say there is a case for both that got in this year (Yuh should have been in years ago).
The Hall is a mix of fame and achievement, as it is in most sports, baseball being by far the most stringent and critical (and, yes, self important). Inductions have been fairly strong for the last six years. Strength of first year names is a huge driver. It does a pretty good job for the most part (i.e. there are plenty of guys stuck on ballot who SHOULD be in but really not many who SHOULDN'T be in that are).
Next year, Oscar, Tito, and Calzaghe are the 1st year guys. Debates about anyone else might as well be postponed until 2015 ballots come out. Next year is already over.