Who’s the most borderline Hall of Fame candidate ever?
There will always be guys like Joe Jackson, Pete Rose and (more recently) all of the steroids era players, but opinion on them will always be greatly divided in both directions. You’re usually a vehement defender of Rose’s Cooperstown case, or you think he was a cancer upon baseball. Likewise, the steroids guys are usually either a sympathetic victim of their times, or the worst kind of cheats incarnate.
But what if we take out the names controversial for extracurricular activities, and just look at on-field performance? In recent years players like Ron Santo, Andre Dawson and Goose Gossage have finally gotten their days in the sun in upstate New York, so who are we left with?
Gil Hodges probably leads the list, and the longtime Brooklyn Dodgers first basemen still gets Hall of Fame consideration by a 16-man veterans committee, as he’s remembered as one of the most dominant players of the 1950s. Another name is certainly Dale Mu...