I write to commend Aaron’s posts and recent column on baseball. I agree that it is a near-crime that Lee Smith isn’t in the Hall of Fame, and I also would vote in Alan Trammell in a heartbeat. If those two don’t get in, there is no justice. For years I have wavered on most of the others on his list: Al Oliver really deserves serious consideration, as does Lou Whitaker. I had not considered Ted Simmons seriously before, but I could be persuaded. But all three probably are at best on the bubble: It’s hard to say it’s an absolute injustice if they don’t make it. When you think about it, letting them in opens a Pandora’s box of equally qualified players who, if all were allowed in, would dilute the specialness of the Hall. If Oliver is in with his .303 average and 219 homers, why not Will Clark, with a .303 average, 284 homers, and OBP and slugging percentages significantly higher than Oliver’s? If Simmons is in, what about Manny Sanguillen, whose lifetime batting average was higher and who performed very well in a host of post-season appearances while winning two World Series rings? A line must be drawn somewhere, and the merely “very very good” probably shouldn’t get in. Still, Aaron writes persuasively and entertainingly on these and other sports/cultural issues, and I love the discussions! That said, the biggest crime is that the recently deceased Ron Santo isn’t in the Hall. Third baseman are terribly under-represented, and he was head and shoulders one of the best for several generations.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?