Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Some thoughts on today's Baseball Hall of Fame Voting
-Are the Baseball Writers' Association of America the most self-important people you can think of or what? 5 guys turned in a blank ballot? Oooooh. Message received. Turn in a goddamn ballot and leave the steroid guys off if that's your choice.
-And what's with the first ballot bias? If a guy is a Hall of Famer, put him in the Hall of Fame. In all honesty, I think you should have one year of eligibility on a Hall of Fame ballot. There should be no debate on if someone is a Hall of Famer. If you have to think about whether or not a guy is worthy of the Hall of Fame, he's not worthy of the Hall of Fame. Because of a first ballot bias, Biggio sits in a class with Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro as (retired) guys in the 3000 hit club who are not in the Hall of Fame. I hope they feel good about that. And the fact that Piazza got 57.8% of the vote means that he's not included in the Bonds and Clemens cloud of PED guys. The guy is indisputably the best offensive catcher of his generation. The fact that he's not a first ballot HOFer is a joke.
-Guys who vote for Shawn Green and Aaron Sele for the Hall of Fame should have to sit in front of a committee and explain themselves before having their votes taken away.
-For what it's worth, my ballot would have went: Biggio, Morris, Piazza, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds and McGwire. Screw the steroid use. It is what it is. Biggio hit a HOF magic number with his 3000 hits for me and the other guys I felt I was watching Hall of Famers as I was watching them. Reggie Bush won the 2005 Heisman trophy and Joe Paterno won 409 games. I know what I saw. It's ridiculous already that baseball's all time hits leader isn't in the Hall of Fame. I'm not keeping out the Home Run King as well (no matter how much I hate him). As for Bagwell, don't get me wrong, he was awesome but for me he was just another big offensive player at a big offensive position. For me, he's the one who gets hurt by the era he played in. Doing what he did, when he did it, never really felt special to me. I don't care about WAR and OPS and stuff. I'm old enough now that I experienced these guys' whole careers. I don't need to go back and analyze their stats to make my decision.