The Hall of Fame
Selection into the MLB hall of fame is a special honor reserved for the all-time great players and managers. And, over time, the selection or nonselection of players has provided controversies for discussion. Many fans believe that Pete Rose belongs in the HOF based solely on his playing career; other fans are less forgiving about his admitted gambling on baseball games as a manager. Similar arguments are made about Shoeless Joe Jackson. On the other side, arguments arise over some players who have been inducted into the hall. Notably, did Phil Rizzuto deserve the honor when he was voted in by the Veteran’s Committee in 1994?. Bill James (1995) argued that Rizzuto’s career statistics did not warrant his selection.