Hello and welcome to 2013. To start off the year, I wanted talk about today’s hot topic, the MLB Hall of Fame. If you did not notice today, the hall of fame did not vote anyone in the 2013 class. As surprising as this is, the voters could not get past the steroid era and everyone had to suffer. Mostly because of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (highlighting this steroid ballot), the voting-eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America have pitched a ballot shutout for the first time since 1996.
(@MLB) January 09, 2013
This is really stupid to me because of the fact that it is hard to tell who “actually” took steroids during that era. Also who’s to say the current Hall of Famers have not taken any P.E.D.’s (performance enhancing drugs) during their career. After all, in the past they did have what they called “greenies“. All the accusations are really assumptions and they are on the marquee players. You cannot judge on the unknown is what I always say. There are trends in America, and in sports, that people follow when they are current. During the late 90s and early 2000′s, the trend was steroids and other enhancers because at the time it wasn’t illegal. And with baseball, it can be difficult to keep your body ready for over 162 games so they found an edge.
Now by no means am I condoning these actions, however I cannot fault them either. Some P.E.D.’s not even the players knew they were illegal. But in an era where many players straddle the fence of taking something legal or illegal to help their bodies, it can be hard to judge them, especially a select few.
Beyond the steroid assumptions, I still feel some of these players deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. I made a case for Barry Bonds in one of my early articles, and I still say he was a Hall of Fame player before the steroid era. Bonds has been one of the most exciting baseball players as of late, and one of the players I grew up watching. Despite the accusations, Bonds is one of the best players to ever play the game. He may not have been liked by everyone (especially the media that controls the voting committee) but that should not cloud what he has done on the field.
Along with Bonds, I feel Clemens, Palmeiro, and McGwire should get in. When you think of them as player, you think they are Hall of Fame worthy despite the cloud over them. Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote and Clemens 37.6 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.They may all be passed over now, but 10 years later they will eventually be in the Hall when the writers get over it (which is dumb). They need to just create a section in Cooperstown that highlights the steroid era and have those players in that area. That way, no one will forget that they played during a time where many were assumed of cheating.
It sucks for players like Craig Biggio who didn’t get accused of steriods but didn’t get in because of the cloud that is over the ballot. He was the closest one to be voted in with 68% of the vote. For anybody to get in they need at least 75% of the vote. Here are the votes:
Craig Biggio 388 (68.2, Jack Morris 385 (67.7%), Jeff Bagwell 339 (59.6%), Mike Piazza 329 (57.8%), Tim Raines 297 (52.2%), Lee Smith 272 (47.8%), Curt Schilling 221 (38.8%), Roger Clemens 214 (37.6%), Barry Bonds 206 (36.2%), Edgar Martinez 204 (35.9%), Alan Trammell 191 (33.6%), Larry Walker 123 (21.6%), Fred McGriff 118 (20.7%), Dale Murphy 106 (18.6%), Mark McGwire 96 (16.9%), Don Mattingly 75 (13.2%), Sammy Sosa 71 (12.5%), Rafael Palmeiro 50 (8.8%).
By receiving fewer than 29 votes (less than 5 percent), Bernie Williams 19 (3.3, Kenny Lofton 18 (3.2%), Sandy Alomar Jr. 16 (2.8%), Julio Franco 6 (1.1%), David Wells 5 (0.9%), Steve Finley 4 (0.7%), Shawn Green 2 (0.4%), Aaron Sele 1 (0.2%), Jeff Cirillo 0, Royce Clayton 0, Jeff Conine 0, Roberto Hernandez 0, Ryan Klesko 0, Jose Mesa 0, Reggie Sanders 0, Mike Stanton 0, Todd Walker 0, Rondell White 0 and Woody Williams 0 are no longer eligible for election by the BBWAA.
I think the BBWAA is a joke. They took their frustration out on all these players by not voting them in. The committee should be composed of H.O.F. players and collegues with reputable baseball history (maybe coaches and owners). I know the history of baseball is so rich and storied, but the voters hold grudges on players if they do one thing wrong. Unlike football and basketball, players who are bigger faster and stronger has to be doing something wrong in baseball. For now, they are not in, but we all know, evenutally they will be in the Hall of Fame because the numbers don’t lie.
Who would you vote in on this ballot if any??