I am largely satisfied with the choices of the Veterans Committee for the Hall of Fame. They elected two guys who were deserving, two guys that I can handle, and a guy who shouldn't have even been considered.
Here we go.
Billy Southworth - Four pennants with two teams, two World Series victories. Works for me. It's strange he wasn't in earlier
Dick Williams - Pretty much the same resume as Billy Southworth except he won four pennants with three different teams and won back-to-back World Series. Until a few years ago it was strange he wasn't in earlier, but then he screwed up his chances with an embarrassing escapade in Florida. I can only hope I'm up for walking around naked and jerking it outside of my hotel room after I turn 70.
Although I don't personally like the guy, it's crap that Whitey Herzog isn't a Hall-of-Famer. He was the best manager of the 1980's and (although I hated his style of play) did have a major influence on how baseball was played from the mid-1970's to the 1994 strike.
Barney Dreyfuss - The Pirates were good when he owned them and he supposedly invented the World Series. More deserving than Charlie Comiskey.
Walter O'Malley - Once again, the Dodgers were good when he owned them and he opened up the west coast to Major League baseball which was long overdue. People in Brooklyn are still pissed he left, but he was shoved out by Robert Moses a lot more than people realize.
I'm not a big fan of putting owners in. The Pirates and Dodgers were good when Dreyfuss and O'Malley owned them. Great, but if wins and losses are the standard then why not Jacob Rupert, Dan Topping, and George Steinbrenner? You say that Dreyfuss and O'Malley were innovative. OK, then I guess that means Charlie Finley gets in because that guy was more forward-thinking than either of them.
Bowie Kuhn - HWhy this boob was even considered is beyond me. Where do I get started? The only thing he accomplished as commissioner is successfully fighting off free agency for a couple of years and even praising that is ridiculous considering the financial windfall free agency turned out to be for both players and owners. Otherwise, he did little for baseball except hold Pete Rozelle's ashtray while the NFL permanently passed baseball as America's pastime and fought off any attempts to make baseball more engaging like an old man waving his cane at horseless carriages. If the quality of play hadn't been so high in the 1970's, I doubt baseball would even remained the number two sport under his command. Kuhn's bizarre pissing match with Charlie Finley is the perfect capsule of what a pathetic little man he was. First, Kuhn cost the owners the upper-hand in the free agency negotiations by rejected Charlie Finley's solution (making every player a free agent every year so the owners could play them off one another) and then interfered with how Finley ran the A's by preventing him from getting rid of all of the aging players from his early 1970's dynasty and rebuilding his team. Best interests of baseball my ass, more like the worst interests of the Oakland A's. As for Kuhn's behavior when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record, at best he came across like a petulant child who refused to be told what to do, at worst he appeared to be a bigot who refused to acknowledge that a black man had broken the biggest record in American sports. Fay Vincent wrote a piece for the New York Times about Kuhn that portrayed Kuhn as an unethical piece of shit on top of it all. You can read it at the link below. Bud Selig is more deserving to be in the Hall of Fame and Marvin Miller is a lot more deserving.