I am happy for Jim and Rickey. I don't think Jim's stats are that great, but for him the 15th time around turned out to be a charm. Rickey deserved to be in the Hall of Fame hands down. I am wondering when Al Oliver is going to get into the Hall. His stats are unbelievable, but he is not in the Hall - 2700 + hits, 529 doubles, .303 lifetime batting average, less than 800 strike outs over an 18 year career. Check out his stats, and when you look at them, you too will wonder why this guy isn't in the Hall of Fame.
Then there is Albert Belle. If you look at what he has done in his 11 seasons in the majors, this guy should be in the Hall. But he will probably never get in. He fell of the ballot last time because he only got 3.5% of the vote from the baseball writers. I hope the Veteran Committee puts this guy in the Hall of Fame. I don't think things like the Hall of Fame should be a popularity contest. But in many ways it is. It should simple be, "Can you play ball, and did you produce?" It shouldn't be I don't like you, so I am not going to vote for you. I think they should find a way to take the vote away from the writers. There is a conflict of interest in having them vote for who should be elected to the Hall of Fame. They get ticked if a player does not kiss up to them, and then they refuse to vote for the player. Many writers have a personal vendetta against Belle. It has cost Albert Belle who has some of the best statistics of any ball player in the last 20 years.