Thursday, March 02, 2006

"They didn't think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That's the way they thought about it and that's the way it is, so we're going to live with that," he said. "Now, if I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck."

Well, Mr. O'Neil- there are plenty who do feel you're a Hall of Famer. Count me as one of them.

It really makes you wonder about the persons on the voting committees for the Hall of Fame. How the hell could you not vote for Buck O'Neil?! What about his days in the Negro Leagues? What about his .288 lifetime batting average? What about the fact he was the first black manager in the big leagues? What about the work he's done to keep the history of the Negro Leagues alive, as well as continuing to be an ambassador for the game of baseball?

Members of the voting committees: it's time to take your heads and your calculators outta your asses and look at the big picture. Yes, numbers are a big part of baseball, obviously making them an important element in determining who gets in and who doesn't. It's not all about the numbers, though. At least it shouldn't be...

These'll be the same morons who look at two cheaters like Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro and make them first-ballot inductees, so I shouldn't be surprised.

Anyway, I've gotten so worked up about this I failed to provide a link to the story about Buck O'Neil not being voted in that has me so up in arms. Here it is.

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