Womack: Vida Blue on Hall of Fame: ‘Sometimes I think they miss the boat’

From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on September 28, 2017:

Vida Blue is in the same position as a lot of Baseball Hall of Fame candidates.

The former Oakland Athletics ace was anything but a sure induction when he debuted on the writers’ ballot for Cooperstown in 1992, never cracking 10 percent of the vote in four tries on the ballot. He has better numbers than several lower-tier Hall of Famers. But so do many candidates long passed over by what’s colloquially known as the Veterans Committee.

The omissions grate on 68-year-old Blue, who now lives in Tracy, Calif.

“I have the utmost of my respect for the Hall of Fame,” Blue told Sporting News in a phone interview. “I think they do a good job. But at the same time, sometimes, I think they miss the boat. It’s not sour grapes or nothing.”

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Originally published: September 28, 2017. Last Updated: September 28, 2017.