That’s not the reality of baseball’s Hall of Fame, though.

That truth really hit home for me over the past couple of months, as I set about the task of submitting my first official Hall of Fame ballot, after 10 years in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It was a monumental undertaking and a distinct honor, but I won’t bore you with those details again here. Talked about those in a different column.

Spencer Drango Mens Jersey I heard all kinds of feedback about my ballot, of course. Most of it was just conversation, pros and cons of my choices, and I loved it. Debate is awesome. Heard a lot of things like this, too: No way Mike Mussina is a Hall of Famer. You’re an idiot. Or If you have to think about whether that guy’s a Hall of Famer, he isn’t. Or It’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Very Good.

The 2015 first-round pick out of LSU rolled through Houston’s farm system, but his introduction to the majors must have felt like the coldest of cold showers — Bregman was just 2 for 38 in his first 10 contests for the Astros. Yikes, eh? Well, he figured it out quickly enough. In his final 39 games, Bregman hit .313 with eight homers and a .931 OPS.
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But Kit Keller was here. And Marla Hooch. And Betty Spaghetti. And several other of the Peaches now immortalized as dirt-in-the-skirt ballplayers after their movie made a cinematic Hall of Fame, of sorts. A League of Their Own was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2012. The Library of Congress deemed it culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.