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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Too soon to put Big Stein in the Coop?

George Vecsey on what's going to be the biggest story out of Cooperstown this winter:

I snipped all the terrible (if true) things Vecsey wrote about Steinbrenner's tenure as owner (including the suspensions). There's definitely a case to be made against Steinbrenner's enshrinement (the elements of which may also be found here, in greater detail).

George Steinbrenner is going to wind up in the Hall of Fame, and he probably does belong there, if only because he was one of the sport's dominant figures for so many years. But if I had a vote this year, I would have to vote no. Because so soon after his passing, it's almost impossible to be objective about him.

Obviously, he would have enjoyed going into the Hall when he was alive. But it's too late for that. And I think his family and his many fans can wait just a few more years.

Later, I'll discuss Marvin Miller and the rest of the candidates on this year's ballot.