Former New York Mets manager Gil Hodges is on the Golden Era Veterans Committee Hall of Fame ballot this year. Last week, I wrote that I’d be happy if Hodges were enshrined, but I wasn’t sure if his numbers merited it.
Yesterday, Brian Joura examined Gil Hodges’ Hall of Fame case for Mets360.com. You should really go check out his statistical comparisons. He concluded:
Hodges was a very good player on some very good teams and holds a magical spot in the hearts and minds of New York baseball fans. That’s a wonderful thing and a fitting memory. It pains me to say it but he does not deserve any additional honors. All of the people fired up about putting Hodges in the Hall of Fame would be better served by backing [Keith] Hernandez, instead.
When I asked my readers if Hodges belonged in the Hall of Fame, 75 percent of you said yes*. I hope that the committee members agree with you rather than Mr. Joura, even though I think he makes a well-reasoned, compelling argument.
Does anybody want to vote differently:
*Results checked at the time I wrote this post Monday night.