We can agree to disagree. It seems like you are using WAR to exclude Sosa from the HOF, and justify Walker. If you look at Walker's career, he had a pretty good 13 year stretch but there are several years in there that it would be a major stretch to call "elite." He had some pretty average seasons in there. And I disagree also that I think a lot of guys who were dominant for a decade or so get in, it seems like a common subjective measurement that the HOF voters use. Look at Sandberg-he was not elite for more than a decade. My point is that if you are letting Santo or Mazerowski in, just to pick a couple, you can't keep Sosa out. And if he is being excluded for steroids, (which he is), we can all wink and nod that he was probably using, and he had a clownish appearance before Congress, but I don't think there is the smoking gun evidence for him like there is for Bonds, Clemmens, or Palmeiro.You’re kind of missing the forest from all the trees on my argument. I’m just using bWAR as an all-encompassing aggregate number. Use whatever counting stat you’d like.
The point is that Sosa was an elite player for only about a decade. The guys that get voted into the Hall are elite for longer than that as was the case with Walker, Jeter, and Chipper Jones.
Whether it’s the right or wrong way to evaluate a player is beside the point. It’s how the writers vote.
The Veterans committee is a lot more accepting of guys with briefer peaks. Ted Lyons who got in in the last class via the veteran vote is a case in point there. If Sosa eventually gets into the Hall, it’s the Veterans committee that will put him there. That’s how Santo eventually got in and he had a similar relatively brief peak.