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Jim Rice, Hall of Famer?

So Jim Rice is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the 15th and final time. Is Jim Rice truly Hall worthy?

I’m of two minds about this. If I were a baseball purest — and sometimes I am — I would say, no. As good a player as Jim Rice was, he does not deserve to be honored among baseball’s all-time greats. He just wasn’t that good.

But then I look at the list of players in the Hall of Fame and I think, Jim Rice was as good or better than a lot of those players. I think when it comes down to it, you need to ask if you were building a team from baseball rosters from 1975 to 1985, who would you rather have than Jim Rice?

  • Wade Boggs is in the Hall of Fame, and rightly so, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Boggs?
  • Gary Carter is in the Hall of Fame, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Carter?
  • Reggie Jackson is in the Hall of Fame, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Jackson?
  • Paul Molitor is in the Hall of Fame, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Molitor?
  • Eddie Murray is in the Hall of Fame, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Murray?
  • Tony Perez is in the Hall of Fame, but who would you choose for your team — Rice or Perez?

Some of those players had more years that they were productive, but none of those players was as dominant as Rice in his prime, and I don’t believe anyone would choose those players in their prime over Rice in his.

I also think that consideration should be given to the fact that Rice played 16 years with the same team. In this day and age of free agency, having warn just one uniform during a distinguished career should count for something.

So, should Jim Rice be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame? Damn right!

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