Do I think he belongs in the Hall of Fame? Well, the Red Sox one, anyway. I’m not so convinced that he stacks up for this honor, statistically speaking. Plus, if you go by my memory, he’d be in the “oh my God, don’t let it be Rice…he’ll just hit into a stupid double play” Hall of Fame.
But you know what? I don’t give a crap!
Until the Hall of Fame selects players according to statistical guidelines, it’s a nostalgia contest, and the players just have to impress the baseball writers’ memories more than the other guys they’re lumped in with that year. It just took Rice 15 tries to get lucky enough to only have Ricky Henderson, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, etc., to compete with.
So, I’m happy for the guy. He had a great run. Made lots of happy baseball memories, and there are far worse choices in the Hall.