Eddie Murray and Gary Carter were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, meaning the baseball writers’ judgment matched that of Internet voters. Ryne Sandburg did get jobbed by the voters, but at least it was his first year on the ballot. He could well climb into contention in a few years, unlike the equally unlucky yet deserving , who got about half of Ryno’s vote total.
I see that Scott is not impressed by Gary Carter’s enshrinement. Sorry, big guy, but you’re just wrong. I’ll even abide by your wishes and make a non-sabermetric argument. Here’s the list of all Hall of Fame catchers. Can anyone honestly say that Gary Carter wasn’t better than at least some of them? I’d rank him above everyone except Bench, Campanella, Berra, Mickey Cochrane, Josh Gibson, and Carlton Fisk. Anyone who can reasonably be considered one of the top eight or ten guys ever at his position is a Hall of Famer in my book.
(Yeah, Piazza and I-Rod are better than Carter. They ain’t in yet, and even counting them Carter’s still Top Ten. And I’m not a Mets fan, either.)