Can someone please explain to me how the second baseman with the most home runs in history, an MVP, 344 lifetime stolen bases, over 1000 career RBI, and 9 gold gloves NOT get into the Hall of Fame?
Ryne Sandberg was, without a doubt, the premiere second baseman of the 1980s and early 1990s. He was the best both defensively and offensively - pretty darn hard to do. His career stats are certainly hall worthy for a middle infielder, and his peak seasons (84, 85, 89, 90, 91) are some of the best ever for a second baseman. Furthermore, he was the star player on the historically rich (if tragic) Chicago Cubs... yet somehow doesn't even get 50% of the vote to make the hall on his first time around.
I repeat, can someone explain to me why he won't be enshrined this year?