I haven't been reading many of the sports columnists this year. The whole steroids flap exposed a lot of those jokers as lazy, voluntarily uninformed and opinionated hacks. Which makes them mostly not worth the time.
But I read Jenkins today. While I agree with the conclusion -- Palmeiro belongs in the Hall -- I am befuddled by his reasoning (if you could call it that) and his methods.
I don't think I've reviewed a set of numbers in the 15 years I've been voting. ...
Get within 10 feet of these guys, and you almost sensed an aura around their bodies, the kind of rarified quality you associate with Tiger Woods, Bill Russell and Jim Brown. They just have it. Steve Garvey had it, no matter what the Hall voters say. ... (He's never clear on what "it" is.)
Here's something to say on Palmeiro's behalf: He might have a prettier left-handed swing than anyone in Cooperstown. ...
It also should be mentioned that Palmeiro seems a far worthier candidate than such Hall of Famers as Richie Ashburn, Bobby Doerr, Nellie Fox, Enos Slaughter or Phil Rizzuto, particularly from a statistical standpoint. ... (Emphasis mine.)
So it boils down to ... what? He's pretty, so vote him in?