Thursday, December 27, 2007

Jim Rice

Dan Shaughnessy's reasoning as to why Jim Rice is likely to make it into the Hall of Fame this year:

Rice has three things going for him: 1. His vote total has been north of 60 percent in recent years and Sox historian Dick Bresciani has boosted Rice's candidacy with a convincing public relations campaign; 2. The more we talk about steroids, the better Rice's numbers look; 3. There are no new candidates to overwhelm the voters.

A PR campaign, the perfidies of others, and default. How inspiring a case. And you know what? Shaughnessy is probably right in thinking that those things will put Rice over the top. It's those factors, however -- the sorts of things that put the "politics" in Politics of Glory -- which keep me from caring all that much about the Hall of Fame.

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