[Over the next few days, Josh and I will be discussing the Hall of Fame merits of the players on this year's ballot for the purpose of creating our ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance HoF voting.]
Nick: I believe I allowed my opinion of Alomar’s “extra-curriculars” cloud my judgment of just how good a player Robbie was. His run-ins with umpires come immediately to the forefront of my thinking, rather than the gold gloves, the RBI and the consistent .800+ OPS early in the order.
I would usually prefer to focus on particular statistics, individual achievement with reference – but in this case, I think it’s safe to provide this link:
Everyone above Alomar on that list that is both eligible and not banned from the game is enshrined in the Hall. You have to go a long way down the list to find someone eligible and not named Mark McGwire that is not already enshrined.
Robbie has my vote. Josh?
Josh: Alomar was a hard guy to like but one hell of a ballplayer. He should make for an interesting speech as well. HOF for sure.
So that one was kind of boring, eh? Got an argument against Robbie Alomar? Post it below…