I'd like to hear the reasoning from voters but doubt we'll ever know.The one deserving guy from the Golden Days ballot is stuck with 11 votes again while 4 guys who don't deserve enshrinement got in. Wow. I guess Harold Baines isn't the worst Hall of Fame choice of the last 30 years now.
I'm surprised John Donaldson didn't get in but Buck O'Neil and Bud Fowler were both very good candidates (in Buck's case way too long in coming) and I'm glad to see them elected.
I get that Maris' career was very short, but he won 2 MVPs and still has the non-PED homerun record a whopping 60 years later. For a short period he was an extreme impact player who would help a team win games. Some of the guys the voters approve in recent years seem to be slow accumulators that never had true cultural relevance.
Baines: 38.7 WAR / 9908 AB
Maris: 38.3 WAR / 5101 AB
I should have mentioned I also thought Maris wasn't up to HOF grade, I was more trying to say how I'd rather have a true peak performance than the dribbling of stats other guys like Baines did. I can agree that most of the rest of his career is empty, I would say the year after his 2 MVPs was pretty good as 33HR would be valued higher than 33HR today... so maybe 2.5 great years. He is probably around 12 WAR short of consideration, that being said guys with low WAR low everything get in these days....
Greenies are so minor (to me) that I wouldn't mind them still being allowed in the game. Steroids can turn a junk player into a fundamentally different person, whereas greenies seem to make you the same person . . . but really good at cleaning. (think Requiem for a Dream)
Yeah I would agree in a vacuum a .290 guy becomes a .320 guy, especially because peak focus avoids extended slumps.
but what I wonder is. . . what happens when both pitchers and hitters take greenies? We all kind of assume that pitchers and hitters taking roids has a slight edge to the hitter but I think if both take greenies that the pitcher has the edge. (considering how their volume of focus has to be distributed.. and the hand/eye reasons you mentioned)
The other thing I wonder about these is if you take greenies you're actually "borrowing" future energy and reflexes so to speak. (not short term crashes but a permanent decline below original floor) I've done a shitload of them and have to admit my reflexes and lateral scanning abilities quickly declined. I wonder if guys like Maris went downhill from something similar. This would be in line with how taking too many steroids messes with your hormones and lowers test nut function after quitting.