QUOTE(Mike B. @ Mar 15 2010, 03:10 PM)
It reminds me of when I went to KC a few summers ago to catch a game, and they had a "Royals Hall of Fame" with about 15 players in it. Huh? The Royals HOF should have Brett, Frank White, Dick Howser, period. Maybe Paul Splitorff, Amos Otis, Quiz, and Bret Saberhagen, but that would be about it.
OK...I checked this out because I HATED the Royals in the 70's...only because they were so damn good and made life hell for Yankee fans.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City_R...ls_Hall_of_Fame
I think for the most part the players were justified.
Busby was not very good for long but he did pitch 2 no no's.
Cookie Rojas was a critical part of their early success as was Freddie Patek. These 2 guys were beloved by KC fans.
Mayberry was a BEAST. Willie Wilson was a very good player for a long time. Quiz is a no brainer...(no pun intended) and AO was also a beloved player that was there when they were becoming a legitimate contender. And I have NO problem with Hal McRae other than he blew up Willie Randolph for no other reason than to hurt him. He was a really good player.
The list is pretty good. Gura...eh, but again, he was a rock in their rotation. As was Dennis Leonard! Leonard was feared by the Yankees. A freakin' BULL.
I think these team HOF things should be more flexible/lenient than of course the MLBHOF. So players who were favorites and just below MLB legends are justifiably included.
My Yankee HOF would include Roy White and Bobby Murcer as well as Willie Randolph and Mel Stottlemyre. They were very good all star caliber players with long time service to the team, but of course not of the Mantle/Brett caliber.