Gypsy Queen – Harold Baines
Should he be in the Hall of Fame or shouldn’t he? The case for Harold Baines: he defined the DH position, he was consistent, he had a long career. The case against: he was a DH, he fell short of 3000 hits (by only 134), he was never dominant. Baines spent five years on the ballot before falling off during this most recent cycle garnering only 4.8% of the vote.
For the record, I would not have any problem with Baines in the Hall of Fame. He played the game as it should be played and just barely missed the “magic number” for hits. I’d be willing to assume that he would have picked up those 134 hits if there were no work stoppages in 1981 or 1994.