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A DH / Hall of Fame discussion

This is purely a curiosity piece. Full disclosure, I hate the DH and I hope there is never a time a DH is announced in a NL ballpark (this point is really the only one that Al regularly upsets me over). So with that out of the way, I'm wondering, do you think someone who was primarily a DH should be allowed in the hall of fame?

I thought of this because of the recent inductions (or lack thereof) to the hall and Ortiz's recent spat with a telephone. Ortiz has regularly been brought up with this question and as far as he's concerned I flat out say no he is not a Hall of Fame player. But that's purely based on stats and where he's ranked. It has nothing to do with the DH. Yeah he helped bring a World Series ring to Boston but I don't think team accomplishments are extremely important when evaluated a single persons career.

To me the only players who had significant DH time that should be in the hall of fame are Frank Thomas and arguably Jim Thome and both of them were good first baseman. In the end the question is does being a DH automatically preclude you from the Hall or is it more of case by case thing? I tend to lean towards if you only play half of the game you shouldn't be elected. But that may be product of no one being a truly transcendent player at DH. Regardless, like it or not, the DH is a "position" now so it could be reasoned a DH does deserve it. So yeah in the immortal words of Aragorn talking to the Oathbreakers "What say you?"


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