Hall of justice

A new stat to measure true Hall of Fame talent

Updated: December 30, 2011, 1:35 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine
Ron SantoFocus on Sport/Getty ImagesThanks to his stats, Cubs great Ron Santo was an obvious choice for the Hall of Fame.

WHAT'S THE TRUE MEASURE of a baseball Hall of Famer? For too long, voters have answered this question the wrong way, leading to all kinds of misguided selections and omissions. With the announcement of the 2012 class weeks away, it's time to set things straight with a new gauge of excellence I call Wins Above All-Star Level, or WAAS.

Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.