It was quite predictable that the Hall of Fame voters pitched a shutout last week. Unfortunate, but predictable.
I’m not shedding any tears for Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa. They deserve to be left out in the cold — at least for the next 50 years.
But I have a number of questions for the voters, many of whom will need a healthy supply of Lubriderm to heal they chafing they induced by patting themselves on the back all week. They seem to think the system works. Sort of, but not really.
So. . .
1) Why was Craig Biggio not a first ballot inductee? If anyone was to reach the required 75% ths year, it should have been Biggio, unquestionably one of the greatest second baseman in history. If the big boys were not going to get in, then you’d think more than enough voters would want to ensure that someone deserving would be standing at the podium in Cooperstown next summer.
2) What do you know about Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza that uncredentialed blogger pond scum like me does not? Yes, I’ve heard the steroid rumors all these years about both guys. Maybe they’re true, maybe not. If I had to guess between the two, I’d say Bagwell, considering how quickly he seemed to morph into a monster slugger. But, hey, I’m a bit biased, especially about Piazza, because he was one of my alltime favorite Mets. To me, the arc of his a career seemed more normal and predictable — especially for an All-Star catcher — than freaks like Bonds, Sosa, and McGwire. But unless you know a lot more than I do, it’s just not fair to keep guys out based on innuendo. Both received more than 50% and there’s a decent shot at least one of them will be inducted within the next 3-5 years. But unless you got the goods on them, stop the whispering, don’t make them sweat, and give them their just reward.
3) Do you guys really abide by the Hall’s guidelines of considering a candidate’s integrity and moral fiber? If so, then why did Clemens and Bonds receive more than a third of the votes? Either stick to the rules or scrap them and vote strictly based on performance. Clearly, that’s what many voters believe, at least in the case of Clemens and Bonds, who established their Hall of Fame creds long before their alleged PED use.
4) If Fred McGriff had seven more homers, would you have voted him in? How could you shut out a guy with 500 homers and a clean reputation? You can’t. But because he was stuck at 493, he hasn’t been close. Maybe voters saw his totals as a ho-hum considering the power surge of the 90’s and early 00’s. But now that we know the truth, why is McGriff still an afterthought for Hall voters?