A Defining Election for the Baseball Hall of Fame

Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso in the dugout before an MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Mich., in 1955. (Hy Peskin/Getty Images)
What to make of the six new Hall of Famers coming to Cooperstown.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Sunday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced six new Hall of Famers, elected by the Golden Days Era Committee (covering the 1950s and 1960s) and the Early Baseball Era Committee (covering the years before 1950). Whether you like the results depends in good part on what exactly you think the Hall of Fame should be honoring.

To begin with, it is past time to shut the door to new enshrinees from long, long ago. Nearly all of them are long dead, and some time periods (especially the 1920s and 1930s) are already over-represented.

For example, the committees passed again over Bill

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