rdrsfn82 wrote:I think the problem is that you can't have a standard, because there isn't a standard case that exists.
Pedro Martinez is a HoF pitcher in my eyes, but if you went solely by numbers and benchmarks I don't think he's even close. But when you look deeper and see that he was the best pitcher in the league for a 4 year period, and add in the unquantifiable aspects he's in. If the Hall was based solely on benchmarks and stats, it would be really really really easy to judge who gets in and who is out. Most of the time it's a gut feeling based on what you saw more than what was accomplished. At least that's the way I see it.
I see your point, but I think Pedro is a bad example:
* 3x Cy Young Award winner (1997, 1999, 2000)
* 8x All-Star selection (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006)
* World Series champion in 2004
* Won AL Triple crown in 1999
* Led AL in wins in 1999
* Led NL in era in 1997
* Led AL in era in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
* Led AL in strikeouts in 1999, 2000, 2002