There should be two Major League Baseball Halls of Fame. One for the true stars of the game like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and the many players, executives, and umpires who belong in the hall, and one for the others (mostly players) with marginal talent.
There is no doubt that players like Stan Musial or Cy Young should be in the hall, but learning of the induction of players like Phil Rizzuto or many others with above average, but not dominating, talent makes some people believe there should be a secondary hall. Sure Rizzuto’s statistics were good, but to be in the hall of fame a player’s stats should be great. And not just a few years of greatness, but an entire career. Don’t get me wrong, Rizzuto (and everyone in the hall of fame) deserves recognition for the many contributions they made in their career, just not the same recognition as a Ruth or Mays.
Impact on the game is what enshrinement in the hall is all about. Clearly, Ruth and Mays had more impact on baseball than Rizzuto. Ruth had more home runs than entire teams in some of his playing years and Mays is widely regarded as the best all-around player in baseball history, while Rizzuto is regarded by many as a very good player who was surrounded by even better teammates. If Rizzuto was not on these great teams, he probably would not be in the hall of fame. Ruth and Mays were so good they would be in the hall regardless of their team’s status.
The same reasoning would apply to managers, executives, and umpires. Managers such as Connie Mack and Casey Stengel deserve to be in the hall of fame. So do Dick Williams and Bucky Harris, but Mack and Stengel had more impact on major league baseball than Williams and Harris.
Instead of ignoring the lesser luminaries of the game such as Rizzuto, Williams, and Harris, they should be enshrined in a secondary hall of fame. This would not necessarily have to be in a different building than the current hall of fame, just a separate wing.