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?