Dick Allen and Tony Oliva missed by a single vote. Gil Hodges didn't make it in, either. My own postmortem would say that Allen was too much of a one-dimensional slugger and that Oliva didn't have enough wonderful seasons to go with his three batting championships. Hodges was clearly hurt by surrounding himself with other Dodger teammates who were Hall of Famers, as his numbers as a player and then later as the manager of the Miracle Mets would seem to have supported enshrinement.
But the reality is that none of them were slam dunks. When you think Hall of Famers, you should think, My God, he was the very best at his position during the time he played. Joe Morgan was a slam dunk as a second baseman. Johnny Bench was as a catcher. Tom Seaver was a pitcher. Can Allen, Oliva, and Hodges really be thought of in the same category as the Morgans, Benches and Seavers of baseball history?
The Veterans' Committee was created to honor players who either played well before the HOF was built or those that graced the diamonds of the Negro Leagues, not to give second chances to big leaguers who failed to get elected after fifteen years of being on the regular ballot.
And for those that disagree with my premise that perhaps the Veterans' Committee got it right this year by not electing anyone, that's fine, I get it. You can argue that there are guys in the HOF now that may not have been as good as those on yesterday's list. And I don't necessarily disagree. But I think it's great that it's so hard to get into the HOF. It keeps the institution truly elite. But at the same time, by the Veterans' Committee not seeing fit to elect anyone from the era they now oversee, they have likely outlived their very purpose.