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What I am saying is, it's not Ron Santo against Willie Mays. It is Ron Santo against Pete Browning,...

What I am saying is, it's not Ron Santo against Willie Mays. It is Ron Santo against Pete Browning, or Babe Herman, or Bob Meusel, or Jake Daubert, or somebody else whose only real advantage on Ron Santo is that he played so long ago his flaws are forgotten.... The Ted WIlliams/Bob Gibson/Honus Wagner standard for Hall of Fame selection has never existed anywhere except in the imaginations of people who don't know anything about the subject. Look, certain things just do not happen. Rivers do not run uphill, iron does not become gold, time does not go backward, whores do not become virgins, pigs do not give birth to lions, supermodels to not marry auto mechanics, and politicians do not forget the next election. There is no alchemy by which the Hall of Fame may become what it never has been. Ron Santo towers above the real standard of the real Hall of Fame.

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 542. James ranks Ron Santo, who was nominated for the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee earlier this week, as the 6th greatest third baseman of all time. [What this is]
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