Originally Posted by russ99
How about Jim Rice? The year he had in '78 was ridiculous, but he didn't hit major milestones like 3,000 hits or 400 HRs. Seems to me a "Hall of Very Good" member, boosted because he played in Boston his entire career.
I recall a thread comparing Rice and Baines, and there were a lot of similaries.
If there was an East Coast bias he wouldn't have waited the full 15 years to get on. He started out with under 30% of the vote. Bert Blyleven had the same type of trajectory, (MIN), and Jack Morris could end up the same.
Gary Carter had to wait for his 6th ballot. Should have gone in on the first.