My irregular bitch about guys that are not in the Hall of Fame. The fact that I can refer to some of these guys as their nickname and you instantly know who they are somewhat helps my point.
The Hawk: Really? 8x All-Star selection (1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991) 8x Gold Glove Award winner (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) 4x Silver Slugger Award winner (1980, 1981, 1983, 1987) 1987 NL MVP 1977 NL Rookie of the Year. 438 Home Runs, 2774 hits, .279 average 1591 RBI 1373 Runs Good Grief. The Hawk was the heart of the Expos and Cubs for many years and was FEARED by pirchers for the better part of a decade
The Crime Dog: 5x All-Star selection (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000) Batting average .284 Home runs 493 Runs batted in 1,550. Not as impressive as the hawk, but again, he was again a feared hitter for many many years. Not just, oh its the crime dog, it was like OH MY GOD! I have to face the Crime Dog.
Rice: 8x All-Star selection (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986) From Wiki:Rice led the AL in home runs three times (1977, 1978, 1983), in RBI twice (1978, 1983), in slugging percentage twice (1977, 1978), and in total bases four times (1977-1979, 1983). He also picked up Silver Slugger awards in 1983 and 1984 (the award was created in 1980). Rice hit at least 39 home runs in a season four times, had eight 100 RBI seasons, four seasons with 200+ hits and batted over .300 seven times. He finished his 16-year career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs (55th best of all-time), 1451 RBIs (56th), 1249 runs scored, 2452 hits (100th), and 4129 total bases (67th). He was an American League All-Star eight times (1977-1980, 1983-1986). In addition to winning the American League MVP award in 1978, he finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five other times (1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1986).
Dale Murphy: I was never a Murphy fan but you can't argue with 7x All-Star selection (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987) 5x Gold Glove Award winner (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986) 4x Silver Slugger Award winner (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985) 2x NL MVP (1982, 1983). He was the Braves for many years. Murphy is regarded by many as one of the premier players during the 1980s. His best years were with the Atlanta Braves, appearing in the All-Star Game seven times, and leading the National League in home runs and RBI twice; he also led the major leagues in home runs and runs batted in over the 10-year span from 1981 to 1990. He led the National League in games, at bats, runs, hits, extra base hits, RBI, runs created, total bases, and plate appearances in the 1980s. He also accomplished a 30-30 season in 1983, at the time only the 6th player since 1922 to do so. His 1983 MVP year is the only time in major-league history a player has compiled a .300 batting average, 30 home runs, 120 runs batted in, 130 runs scored, 90 bases on balls, and 30 stolen bases - with fewer than 10 times caught stealing.
Lee Smith: Was there anybody that wanted to face this guy for oh say 1984-1995? Anybody? Yeah, I didn't think so. The man was a reliever his entire career and few, if any, have done it better for so long. Good Lord, he had 29+ saves from 83-95, in all fairness he was a bit shaky that 83 season.
My point is that the premier players from 77-95 have been summarily exluded from the Hall. The ones that have come in, Boggs, Gwynn, Ripken, Carter, Murray sure they should all be 1st ballot guys. Whats the issue with these guys though?