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The Brilliant Reader Hall of Fame

So, I’m back from a nice London vacation with the family. Will fill you in later. As usual, I have 10 or so blog posts backing up.

In the meantime, here’s my idea: I’m going to create a Brilliant Readers Hall of Fame. For that, I need your help. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to put up a series of polls on the right here asking you to vote for who you think should be in the Hall of Fame. The first few polls should be fairly easy — I’m trying to get a base Hall of Fame started here.

Rules are simple: 75% and you are in. If you don’t get 75%, you are out until your name cycles around again, which could take a while.

The idea here obviously isn’t to compete with things like the awesome Baseball Think Factor Hall of Merit or the great Baseball Reliquary. I’m actually trying to figure out a few things about what fans — or at least fans who read this site — think the Hall of Fame should be. I’ll keep you updated as we go along.

So hop on and vote. Thanks.

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16 Responses to The Brilliant Reader Hall of Fame

  1. Richard says:

    1 player per 9 team-seasons.

  2. Who didn’t vote for Willie Mays? Take yourself elsewhere, troll.

  3. steve says:

    No reason to single out Mays there–obviously all of these players are no doubters. It’s just a law of internet polls that “Is water wet” will only poll 95% Yes.

    Speaker and Grove at this moment are pulling up the rear with 87% each.

  4. kyle. says:

    maybe someone is an extreme “small hall” voter and only their pick for best player of all time meets the standard…
    of course, that person is crazy.

  5. Devon Young says:

    I’m kinda shocked that only 87% of the voters so far have gone for Tris Speaker. He’s got 133 rWAR. Even if you don’t trust WAR, how can you ignore the fact he slugged .503 from 1911-1916? That’s the middle of deadball! A player would be considered a slugger in the 1990’s if he slugged over .500 over 6 years and that was when it was EASY to do it. He’s also the all-time leader in doubles… since 1925.

    • John Gale says:

      I think Speaker is a bit less famous than the other legends on the list. Only thing I can think of. Obviously, he’s a no-doubt Hall of Famer by any standard.

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  7. Will Kleiner says:

    But I want to vote for Jose Uribe

  8. invitro says:

    I can’t wait for Bonds / Clemens / ARod to go up…

  9. Rob Smith says:

    Good idea. I hope we get to the controversial votes soon. No doubters aren’t a ton of fun.

  10. Jeff says:

    I used to think voting for the Hall of Fame was tough. Who played in the days of segregation, who faced left handed specialty relievers, raised mounds, and war-time was tough enough to compare players. This PED era has my head spinning when it comes to who deserves to be in, it’s a mess at this point at best.

  11. Let’s see, Eddie Collins was part of the “Black Sox” *and* created the color line. Eat a dick in hell, Collins. You’re the only guy I haven’t voted for so far.

  12. Dan Shea says:

    Pete Alexander barely scraping in at 78%? Tough crowd.

  13. Stan Oleson says:

    My apologies. I read quickly and interpreted Joe’s reference to the Brilliant Reader Hall of Fame as something different from the Baseball Hall of Fame. So my vote was “wrong” due to a failure to understand the “rules” of the vote. I promise to read more carefully in the future.

  14. LargeBill says:

    Seeing less than 95% votes for Speaker and Alexander I have to conclude your readers are not as brilliant as you thought. We have certain amount of ignorance about anything deeper than the surface of history. Old time CF equals Cobb forgetting that Speaker was better defensively and darn close offensively to Cobb.

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