Perhaps one of the favorite pastimes for baseball fans is to debate whether or not a player belongs in the Hall of Fame. Statistics and careers are put under the microscope, and that same information can lead to drastically differing views and opinions as to how worthy that player is. Even if we do not have a vote, we still debate these candidates and players as earnestly as though we are the final arbiters of how worthy that player was to be enshrined.
While the BBWAA handles the voting for players that retired recently, those players who fell of the ballot and were the product of a bygone era are handled through the Veteran’s Committee. This year, ten candidates, including the likes of Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Gil Hodges are in that group, considered to be a part of the Golden Era. And there, as a part of the 16 person Golden Era Committee set to decide their fate, is the familiar face of David Glass.
There is a bit of irony in Glass being a part of this group. Until recently, Glass was considered to have the same knowledge of baseball as most of us would have of quantum mechanics. It was felt that Glass cared far more about the bottom line than the lineup. What would Glass know about these players, when his love of baseball was generally questioned?
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Oh, what a difference a couple of years makes! While David Glass sat on the first Golden Era committee back in 2011, that may have been because at his age, he actually remembered seeing those players perform. Now, Glass is lauded for being astute enough to sit back and allow Dayton Moore and the front office to make those moves necessary to bring a winning back club back to Kansas City.
The truth is likely somewhere in between. Glass likely cares about baseball, and, as an owner of a baseball team, has to have some level of love for the game. His inclusion on such a committee is not accidental, nor is it some sort of honorary position where Glass does not truly have any actual power. Glass is a member of this committee because he deserves to be.
It will be interesting to see whether or not any of these Golden Era candidates are inducted. It would also be interesting to find out which players David Glass voted for.