Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I know I'm a little late on this one, folks, but, yeah, it still kind of ticks me off some. Remember when everybody bitched and moaned about Phil Rizzuto not being in the Hall of Fame....and how the Veteran's Committee eventually caved in and put him there? Well, guess what, everybody, Phil Rizzuto doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. And he especially doesn't belong there if Maury Wills isn't in it. I mean, look at the most important stats between the two players. Wills had way more hits (2,134 to 1,588), way more runs scored 1,067 to 877), way more stolen bases (586 to 149), and a solidly better lifetime batting average (.281 to .273). Granted, Rizzuto had a few more homers (38 to 20) and R.B.I.s (563 to 458) but, being that neither one of these guys was built for power, these seem like minor differences. And, while, yes, "the scooter" did have a better lifetime fielding percentage (.968 to .963) than Wills, Wills covered way more ground and was clearly able to get to balls that Rizzuto couldn't. I don't know, folks, maybe Mr. Wills needs a legend or two from HIS era to step up and support him. This, I'm saying, in that that's what Mr. Rizzuto needed in order to get his overdue (supposedly) due, etc..