Womack: Luis Tiant on his Baseball Hall of Fame chances
From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on April 17, 2017:
Over the past 15 years, the Baseball Hall of Fame has all but shut its door on players passed over by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
While the BBWAA has enshrined many players, including 12 over the past four elections, the Hall’s various veterans groups have put in just three players since 2002, none of them living. What was then known as the Golden Era Committee selected Ron Santo in December 2011, a year after he died. Joe Gordon and Deacon White had long since passed when Cooperstown looked their way.
Meanwhile, a number of aging former stars have grown increasingly frustrated, wondering what they have to do to get in. Dick Allen’s son recently told Sporting News his father doesn’t expect to be alive the next time the Hall could consider him in fall 2020. Jim Kaat has grown cynical. Dale Murphy suggested a mass induction.
Meanwhile, former Boston Red Sox ace Luis Tiant told Sporting News last week that he has a plan if he isn’t voted in within his lifetime.
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