Now they only voted in 5 guys in the first year.
Since 1901 there had been 4027 players to play in baseball history at that point.
So 1 in every 8000 players.
By 1950 it was 58 people out of 5993 players or one in every 103 players
By 1970 it was 117 people out of 8182 players or one in every 69.9 players
By 1990 it was 203 people out of 10,460 players or one in every 51.5 players
We have exactly 300 people in the hall of fame as of this moment and we have had 14,182 players to this point. That's one in every 47.2 players
So 300 members of the hall of fame, I did include the pioneers, executives, and negro leaguers for the ease of adding them all up, and because they have been joining the hall of fame since the 40's, so it doesn't really throw the numbers off.
So even with this breakdown. We still include a top 70 pitcher of all time, and a top 15 position player from each position.
Kenny Lofton doesn't sound like a hall of famer, but he fits in that arena of a top 15 position player of all time. If someone wants to argue for a smaller hall of fame I won't fight with them. It's where you decide to draw the line that determines who should be in and who shouldn't.
I 100% agree on reaching certain counting stats shouldn't mean anything. I 100% agree. I don't think Fred McGriff should automatically be a hall of famer if he had simply hit 7 more home runs. Biggio belongs in because he did so many things well, but nothing spectacular and he had longevity to boot with it. A nice OBP, a good defensive catcher, second basemen, and centerfielder. Just a good all around player who had the longevity to reach that milestone. He was the kind of guy that beat you and you didn't know he did.I've watched all these guys you mentioned, and at no point did I ever say to myself, man this guy is a HOF'er. Biggio's career is a joke of a HOF thought. The whole 3000 hit thing. standing alone, is not worthy in this era. Especially if it took 20 years! An all star 7 of 20 years is barely enough to mention as one of the very good ones to ever play the game. HOF? Now that's just silly!