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I think GK’s point was if 90% of one’s “similar players” by Father Nieuwland
have not been elected, one must have something specific and special in his career to move out of that group and be elected. The post season sometimes provides those stand out moments.
Not that one needs post season appearances, but that post season appearances provide opportunities for bonus points.
Cold as it sounds, I think Halladay’s stand apart moments for election were a combination of his post-season no-hitter and dying.