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Old 08-04-2001, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default Their Time Has Come: New HOF Inductees

Four new players will be entering the MLB HOF [more info]:
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Bill Mazeroski, Kirby Puckett, Hilton Smith, Dave Winfield. They make up the Hall of Fame Class of 2001 that will officially take its place next to the game's all-time greats during induction ceremonies on Sunday (ESPN Classic, 1:30 p.m. ET).
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Old 08-04-2001, 01:54 PM   #2
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Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield, both first ballot inductees, are absolute greatness and should definetely be in. Hilton Smith? Never heard of him. As for Mazeroski, he was a Veterans Committee selection, and I disagree with him going in. He was about a .265 career hitter and was very good defensively. However, if he had not the the home run to beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series in Game 7 of that series, he would not be going in today.
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Isn't Hilton Smith the Negro Leagues inductee this year? Or is that the Veteran's Comittee that does that? Either way, never heard of him.

I agree with the other three though. Maz was a middle infielder during the time where defense was the reason they were there, not offense. And Maz was one of the best.
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I agree that Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield should be in the HOF. I don't know enough about the others to comment.
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Old 08-04-2001, 10:32 PM   #5
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I feel the same way as Nick. The last two were unkown to me, but Puckett and Winfield are excellent choices.
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Old 08-05-2001, 12:37 AM   #6
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Bill Mazeroski is way overdue. He is probably the greatest defensive second baseman in all of baseball history. He won a bunch of gold gloves.

Joe Morgan a second baseman is in the Hall. He was a 270+ career hitter and he only had a .169 postseason career batting average. Yes he did get some key hits in the postseason, but they were far and few between.

Dave Winfield definitely and Kirby Puckett for sure. The other guy I don't know.:uhoh:
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