We here at Notinhalloffame.com have been very open about our admiration for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, which has not been in existence for long.  In a brief amount of time, the Cardinals have embraced their history and have made their HOF an envy of most of the Baseball teams in MLB.

As such it is with great delight that we speak of the Redbirds official inauguration of their latest Hall of Fame Class.

In our eyes, the headliner of this year’s class is Catcher, Ted Simmons, who spent thirteen years with them and made six All Star Teams while there.  Simmons would belt 1,704 Hits, with 172 Home Runs, a .298/.366/.459 Slash Line and a bWAR of 44.8 as a Cardinal.

Simmons is joined by Curt Flood, the man who challenged the reserve clause and ushered in Free Agency in Major League Baseball.  While Flood did not profit from what he accomplished, as a Cardinal he would lead the National League in Hits in 1964, was a seven time Gold Glove recipient and was a three time All Star.  He would smack 1,853 Hits with a 42.2 bWAR in St. Louis.

Bob Forsch was also inducted.  Forsch spent fifteen seasons in St. Louis where the hurler posted a 163 and 127 record with 1,079 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 21.5.  Forsch was also a two time Silver Slugger winner.

This group is joined by George Kissell, a long time executive within the Cardinals organization.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com congratulate the Cardinals and this group of inductees to what is becoming a very prestigious Hall of Fame.

Yes, our guilt alone will tell you once again that we acknowledge that this is a very slow process!

With the 2017 Major League Baseball Season underway, we are pleased to present our next top 50, which features the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Blue Brew Crew has only made the playoffs four times, with only one trip to the Fall Classic, a losing effort in 1982.  Still this is a team who has produced Hall of Famers and has a healthy fan base that should see this team remain in the state of Wisconsin.

The entire list can be found here, but let’s reveal the top five right away!

1. Robin Yount

2. Paul Molitor

3. Ryan Braun

4. Cecil Cooper

5. Teddy Higuera

There will be more coming, but of course we would love to hear your input on our latest creation!

We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.

100. Styx

If you are a baseball fan you might remember the sad tale of Bill Buckner whose solid career was completely overshadowed by the ground ball that dribbled through his legs that cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series in 1986. It is a very melodramatic analogy but a couple of us at NIHOF wondered aloud if Mr. Roboto may have been the error that overshadowed the career of Styx.

14. Ted Simmons

With all due respect to Johnny Bench, Gary Carter or other Hall of Fame catchers, if they were to be judged solely on their offensive accomplishment and were outfielders there is a good chance that half of them would not be in the Hall.  This is not to knock catchers, but they have not been traditionally your power position in the lineup.  Ted Simmons was a catcher in the era with Bench, Carter and Fisk he was clearly in their shadow despite having numbers that matched their production.