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Yes he was

If you are going to compare them by position, without considering the relative value of the positions, then yes, Smith is clearly more deserving, as he was, for some time, at or near the top of the game's closers, whereas Baines was never at or near the top of the game's offensive or defensive performers. I just don't think that closers are as valuable a commodity, and if you are going to evaluate players on their worth to their teams, I think Baines was more valuable. That is borne out by the fact that he has a much higher career WAR than Smith.

Having said all of that, I do understand the argument that Smith is more deserving, and I really don't have a problem with it. Certainly, he is as worthy as Sutter and Hoffman, and the Hall has been pretty generous to relievers over the years.

I would just like to see guys like Kaat, Tiant, Edgar Martinez, Whitaker, and McGriff in the Hall. I think there are several people in who are considerably less deserving than them, and I think that number is going up by two as a result of Baines' and Smith's election.

(In response to this post by WahooFla)

Posted: 12/14/2018 at 09:45AM


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  2,800+ hits and 380 homers for Baines. -- TJUCavs 12/10/2018 2:48PM
  Yup. ** -- TriplHoo 12/10/2018 8:33PM
  Agree re McGriff. ** -- TriplHoo 12/10/2018 8:30PM
  I'm kind of torn on Baines -- MaizeAndBlueWahoo 12/11/2018 1:15PM
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  Not sure I agree with him over Lee Smith. -- WahooFla 12/12/2018 4:09PM
  Yes he was -- UHoo74 12/14/2018 09:45AM
  Let em all in, I say! ** -- 12/10/2018 08:54AM
  Huh? -- Fred F. 12/09/2018 9:57PM
  Vote Early, Vote Often........ ** -- Zhoo 12/10/2018 12:07AM

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