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OK, this is the part where I strenuously object to relying solely on WAR when evaluating a player's...

OK, this is the part where I strenuously object to relying solely on WAR when evaluating a player's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Rob Neyer | Sweetspot Great read as Rob describes the difficulty with electing GMs, the problem with politics on the committee, and the limitation of WAR when used to look at potential candidates of specific positions. Maybe it's time for a positional break-out of the HoF-Zone?

Watching Greinke get roughed up a little bit by the D'backs, and thinking he could be even better...

Watching Greinke get roughed up a little bit by the D'backs, and thinking he could be even better if being better was No. 1 on his list.

Rob Neyer on Twitter

Right now, the Mets have a first baseman. Fernando Tatis has backed up Delgado all spring, and he's...

Right now, the Mets have a first baseman. Fernando Tatis has backed up Delgado all spring, and he's been fantastic. You thought last season's .297/.369/.484 line was a bit of a mirage? I did. Well, this season it's .358/.417/.566. No, I know that's only 60 plate appearances and he's not really that good, but Tatis' career line is .266/.348/.447, which is better than Murphy or anyone else at hand is likely to do, right now.

Rob Neyer

I hope Alex Rodriguez didn't cheat. If we do find out that he cheated, I will wish that he hadn't....

I hope Alex Rodriguez didn't cheat. If we do find out that he cheated, I will wish that he hadn't. But whatever happens, I'm not going to change my opinion that he's a great baseball player. Like many of the greatest players, he'll do whatever it takes to be the best player he can be. For a stretch of five or 10 years -- and yes, perhaps even today still -- being the best player could have meant cheating. Maybe the cheaters were wrong; that's the direction in which I lean, probably because I've got a streak of the moralist in me. But I will not sit idly while great athletes looking for an edge -- not all that different from the many generations before them -- are demonized by the high priests of baseball opinion. I will not.

Rob Neyer on A-Rod

I hope Alex Rodriguez didn't cheat. If we do find out that he cheated, I will wish that he hadn't....

I hope Alex Rodriguez didn't cheat. If we do find out that he cheated, I will wish that he hadn't. But whatever happens, I'm not going to change my opinion that he's a great baseball player. Like many of the greatest players, he'll do whatever it takes to be the best player he can be. For a stretch of five or 10 years -- and yes, perhaps even today still -- being the best player could have meant cheating. Maybe the cheaters were wrong; that's the direction in which I lean, probably because I've got a streak of the moralist in me. But I will not sit idly while great athletes looking for an edge -- not all that different from the many generations before them -- are demonized by the high priests of baseball opinion. I will not.

Rob Neyer, as usual, with the best take. This time on the A-Rod situation.
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