Originally Posted by Nellie_Fox
I know that this is the prevailing wisdom, and the writers consider a first-ballot election to be an extra-special award, but I think it's just dumb. If the guy is a Hall of Famer in the second year, what changed from his first year? Nothing.
Exactly. That whole "first ballot" HOF'er argument is just nonsense IMO. Just shows how elitist the Baseball Hall Of Fame voting is. Case in point...Joe DiMaggio got in on his 3rd year being on the ballot. Really? Just ridiculous. Either you're a Hall of Famer or you're not.