Reactions to Fred Couples Hall of Fame selection
By mustang6560 on 9/21/12
As a member of the PGA Tour, Fred Couples notched 15 wins including one major ('92 Masters). As a member of the Champions Tour, he's won eight times (and counting) including two majors ('11 Senior Players and '12 British). In total, Freddie has amassed 55 professional victories since turning professional in 1980. And as a result of his successful career, he was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame Wednesday.

Following the announcement, opinions on Freddie's selection started pouring in and they're not very good. The majority of opinionist agree that Fred Couples is a good player. But, he's not a great player, and the Hall of Fame should be reserved for the great players.
Michael Bamberger wrote:
For starters, it's not Fred's fault that he got voted into the Hall of Fame. Fred Couples didn't put his name on the ballot. He didn't petition anybody to get in. He's never made a claim to being a great player. A good player, yes. That's what he accurately calls himself.

He's more than that, really. He is a unique talent, whose ability to smash a golf ball with disguised effortlessness has caused grown men to idolize him. But a Hall of Famer? No, not in my opinion. Not yet, anyway.
Bob Harig wrote:
The World Golf Hall of Fame had an easy out. The shrine to the history of the game based in St. Augustine, Fla., could have simply had a ceremony next spring in which it inducted no player off the PGA Tour ballot. Celebrate the international players who make it, or a veteran honoree.

But because there is language that stipulates if no player receives at least 65 percent of the vote, the Hall will take someone who has at least 50 percent, Fred Couples is headed to the Hall next spring.

And in the process, Hall voters look silly.
Jeff Rude wrote:
No offense to Fred, whom I like, but someone getting in with 15 victories and one major does lower the previous unwritten benchmark, yes. Couples, though, does get extra points for having been a television and gate attraction for years.

Expect more lowering of standards, particularly after Tiger Woods gets in after turning 40 in four years. At the moment, there aren’t many players with a pile of victories who will turn 40 any time soon.

Sadly, if we keep this up, pretty soon Craig Stadler with 13 wins and a major will represent the new bar.
But, not everyone was against the Hall of Fame's decision to elect Freddie.
Jason Sobel wrote:
There was mild outrage in some circles when it was announced Wednesday that Fred Couples will become the newest inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Not from me. I voted for the guy. In my opinion, Freddie's impact on the game transcended his statistical record. His presence brought more fans to tournaments and in turn helped to grow the game.

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legitimatebeef says:
Jason Sobel gets to vote on the Hall of Fame???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? From now on the golf hall of game means nothing to me. Nothing.
Kurt the Knife says:
Yeah...I agree with Beef.

Who is Jason Sobel?
dartboss04 says:
Not sure why Jeff Rude had to knock the walrus too. Lay off him.
Shallowface says:
I had to go to Wikipedia to find out how in the world he's had 55 wins.
Most of the 30 "other wins" were in exhibition matches. Means nothing.
Nothing done on the Champions Tour means anything.
Nothing done as Presidents Cup Captain means anything.
It's ludicrous that he was selected.
Shallowface says:
Chi Chi Rodriguez has done as much or more to popularize golf, and he'll never get in. He's only won one less major than Fred (or you and me for that matter).
Fuzzy Zoeller won two majors, sold a lot of tickets, and would have done more if not for injury, and he's not in.
Ken Venturi won a US Open, had an injury shortened career, and was a distinguished broadcaster with CBS for over 30 years, and he's not in.
Freddie, who likes to portray himself as "Mr. Aw Shucks," should plead embarrassment and turn this down.
Shallowface says:
Not saying Chi Chi should be in, but Couples' so called drawing power shouldn't be a consideration.
Venturi should be in, at least in the broadcaster wing.
But it really should be left to "on the field" accomplishments and nothing more.
So yeah, Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. :-)
joe jones says:
The only way Pete Rose should be in the hall is if he buys a ticket at the door.
mustang6560 says:
@Shallowface- Brutal. Although, I don't *disagree* with you.
Matt F says:
knife, Sobel is a career journo. Started with ESPN as an assistant at 21 and went from there. That being said, why do they have hacks voting for the HoF?
PFL says:
Shallowface, Chi Chi Rodriguez was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1992.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Pete Rose will get in after he dies, a la Ron Santo. Halls of Fame are just stupid anymore. They might as well be called Hall of People You've Heard Of.
jwsilvers says:
Since when does popularity get you into any hall of fame. He should turn it down he knows he doesnt deserve it. I agree with the beefster on sobel.
CeeBee says:
Turn it down Fred. You know it's the right thing to do. As for pete Rose, put him in. Nobody will ever eclipse his record.
Shallowface says:
@PFL, you're right. I just didn't think anyone who'd never won a major championship would get in, but truth is there's a number of them in who never won a major. And that's just wrong.
I remember someone (believe it was Bob Toski when he was a TV analyst in the early 70s) saying that the word "great" was overused and that no one should be considered great unless he won at least two major championships. That always stuck with me.
C-4 says:
It is a baseball Hall of Fame base on baseball stats and accomplishments..not a role model Hall of Fame...Pete thanks for the autograph you gave me and the horse track in E. St. Louis.
Shallowface says:
Pete not only holds the record for most hits, but he had that quality that made everyone around him better. He was on multiple World Championship teams. He single-handedly revived the Cincinnati franchise when it was dead in 1984 by returning as player-manager. He had a winning record as a manager, and the 1990 Reds that won wire to wire were largely Pete's team. Most importantly, and this is the distinction that everyone ignores, is that there is not one shred of evidence that Pete ever did anything to throw a game, unlike the 1919 Black Sox. I can understand why he wasn't reinstated, but he should be in the Hall of Fame.
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