The Baseball Writers Association of America, the BBWAA failed baseball and the Hall of Fame in voting results announced on Wednesday. In a class with maybe 12 or 13 qualified Hall of Famers, they elected no one.
If the Hall has no use for Barry Bonds, one of the three greatest hitters of all time, fans should have no use for the Hall. Same deal for Roger Clemens. Doesn’t matter that those two likely did steroids they belong in the hall based on what they accomplished on the field. On the whole, I understand writers who could not bring themselves to vote for these two. I think it’s hypocritical, sanctimonious and foolish, but I get where they’re coming from.
Even more egregious? The omissions of Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio, none of whom have ever been linked – through drug testing or legal proceedings – to the use of performance enhancing drugs. All three on merit belong in the Hall of Fame.
If I had a vote this year, I would also have voted for Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire to complete my ten allowed spots.
The Hall is broken. Blank ballots, (like this one) in the face of a dozen or more worthy candidates are cowardly.
I spent a very pleasant afternoon walking around the Baseball Hall of Fame the day after Thanksgiving. I hope that when I next visit, it will start to more accurately reflect Major League baseball of my lifetime rather than becoming an outlet for grudges, half truths and revisionist history.