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If Jim Rice is a Hall of Famer, then so is Juan Gonzalez, right?

The rationale for each, the argument, is the same.  Each player had a relatively short career where they played in a very hitter-friendly environment and didn't contribute much defensively. 

Each was considered one of the most feared hitters in the game during their time in the majors.

Each was a high-power, mediocre-OBP guy.

Juan won two MVP awards, to just one for Rice, and led his teams to 4 playoff appearances, versus just two appearances for Rice.

Juan has more career homers than Rice.

So...if Jim Rice is in the Hall, doesn't Juan have to go in, as well?

Discuss.