Commentary

Worthy of the Hall

Updated: July 26, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Congratulations to Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey, Whitey Herzog, Jon Miller and Bill Madden on the honors they received at Cooperstown on Sunday.

The Hall of Fame is so special. It is the ultimate prize for those involved in the game of baseball. I recently spent time up in Cooperstown with my family, and I can tell you firsthand how fantastic it is. This group is now alongside an unbelievable fraternity. It's as special as it gets.

When you look at this group, there is no doubt that Dawson, Harvey and Herzog are worthy of induction. Miller, for his work in broadcasting, and Madden as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News, earned their special honors, as well.

When I think about the Hall of Fame, I can't help but see the notable names left out. Frankly, I think the voting process is too tough. A number of players who have fallen short of the necessary votes deserve to be enshrined. Players such as Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Fred McGriff and Jim Kaat all belong in Cooperstown.

McGriff fell just short of 500 home runs, but he did things the right way. There were no steroids involved. Don't even get me started on that subject. (There's the All-Juice Club and the All-Legit Club. Look at the 600 home run group -- the Legit Club has Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr. I'll let you figure out the rest.)

But right now, we should focus on Dawson, Harvey, Herzog, Miller and Madden. I know what it feels like to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It still brings me goosebumps.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.