Well, Rickey Henderson is in the Hall of Fame, which is fitting. Jim Rice is in as well, which is not. I would say that if Rice is in, then Mattingly should be in (especially if we want to factor in things that don’t exist; I’ll see your “most feared hitter” and raise you a “heart and soul of the Yankees”), but really it’s not fair to use one mistake to justify another.
I think Rob Neyer has the best take on the Hall of Fame voting. I particularly like that he mentions Albert Belle, who, if you look at the numbers, is essentially a better version of Jim Rice who will never get a serious mention for the Hall of Fame. He also breaks down what a joke it is that Tim Raines is so overlooked.
How much longer until everyone can get up in arms over the candidacy of Clemens and Bonds? I can’t wait.