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.
Well, the Hall of Fame is now very broad and clearly not reserved for "Great" players. So that's just one small way of distinguishing between a great player. Dumb, I guess, but no harm either.
Next year, I'd put it in Maddux and Frank; the others would have to wait.