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Determining 'success' in baseball

Updated: January 27, 2009, 5:00 PM ET
By Rob Neyer

Below, the beginning, middle and end of Doug Glanville's essay about success:

OK, you got me. I didn't get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the other week. A .277 batting average with 60 career home runs is cool, but it won't garner you any votes unless you led the world in some other category.

But I often wonder whether a player who gets into the Hall should be automatically considered successful. And whether one who doesn't should be seen as unsuccessful.

--snip--

Still, ...

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