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Harold Baines 'can't dwell' on Hall of Fame snub

Harold Barnes says he belives that he has Hall of Fame-worthy credentials but baseball writers don't respect designated hitters.

Harold Barnes says he belives that he has Hall of Fame-worthy credentials but baseball writers don't respect designated hitters.

The former White Sox star and current assistant hitting coach discusses his Hall of Fame chances and other topics on "Inside Look," which will air on Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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"It is out of my hands, so I can't dwell on stuff like that," said Baines, who was dropped off the ballot after the 2011 election. "My numbers are good as some in the Hall of Fame, but from what they tell me, DH isn't a position. They don't respect the DH slot at all. You have to ask the writers because it is definitely part of the game -- the AL anyway. The position that I played is not respected throughout baseball."

Baines, a six-time All-Star, spent 14 seasons with the White Sox and 22 in the majors, finishing in 2001 with 2,866 hits and 384 home runs.

Baines also reflected one of the happiest moments in his White Sox career, when his sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners scored the winning run and clinched the American League West in 1983.

"That was my most fun time on a baseball field. I'm emotional about my kids, but in baseball, I am not emotional about it because it is a job," he said. "Once we got in the locker room, and with the champagne, it was a little different."

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