Rice debate gets heated
December, 11, 2008
In the Boston Globe today, Dan Shaughnessy makes (or regurgitates) a Hall of Fame case for Jim Rice, then writes this:
On the other hand, we have members of Bill James Youth who've never been out of the house who believe Rice has no business being in the Hall. ESPN.com's Rob Neyer ran the numbers and came up with Rice as the equal of Ken Singleton (James himself established that Rice was not as good as Roy White). Neyer states that Rice was not a dominant power hitter and disputes the idea that Jim Ed was the most feared hitter of his day.
Guess you had to be there. Or maybe talk to some of the players and managers who were there. Rice was dominant. Rice was feared.
Last year Neyer wrote, "With Rice clearly lacking objective Hall of Fame credentials, they [Boston baseball writers] are forced to fall back on the ill-founded, untestable notion that he was the 'most feared' hitter for more than a year or two. What I don't understand is why so many voters in so many other cities believe it."