August 13, 2013 5:25 PM

Ansons and Griffeys and Bells (Oh My)

So, the BR Hall of Fame thing has gotten fun, hasn’t it? Obviously, you never want to take anything like this too seriously -- or seriously at all -- but it has provided a very strong sense of just how high 75% is as a voting percentage.Look at just a few of the players who have failed to get 75% so far:Cap Anson: Maybe the greatest player of the 19th Century.Paul Molitor: 3,000 hits, .306 lifetime average.Eddie Murray: 3,000 hits, 500 homers.Al Simmons: Lifetime .334 hitter with more than 2,900 hits; Bill James ranked him the seventh best left fielder ever.Duke Snider: Legendary center fielder of the Brooklyn Dodgers, last part of Willie, Mickey and the Duke song.Dave Winfield: 3,000 hits, seven Gold Gloves, started in eight All-Star Games.Billy Williams: One of sweetest swinging players in baseball history.Phil Niekro: 300 wins.Gaylord Perry: 300 wins, Cy Young Award in each league.Old Hoss Radbourn: 300 wins, but that’s not a as a big a deal when you have FIFTY NINE of them in one season, as Old Hoss did in 1884 with the Providence Grays.Robin Roberts: Led league in wins, complete games, innings pitched four straight years in 1950s; Bill James ranked him the 16th best pitcher of All-Time.And so on. This does not even include the players tainted by steroids

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