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Harold Baines’ Induction Means Every Team’s Borderline Candidate Should Be In

I think if you’re looking at the Harold Baines induction as any sort of resetting of the Hall of Fame standard, then the Keltner is pretty much useless. The structure of the questions the Keltner asks is a good guide, but the questions themselves have to change.

I say this because there’s a lot of talk now about Andruw, Crime Dog, and Murph all being Hall-worthy “now”. I put “now” in quotes because they may not have been before, but Baines has changed that. Now, just about every team’s borderline candidate is almost a shoe-in. Baines’ inductions egregiously changes the standard of the Hall of Fame, and all but guarantees going forward that it will be a “big Hall”, not a “small Hall.