Baseball Hall of Fame: BBWAA Makes Absurd Mistake

By David Miller
Mike Piazza
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No one gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Let me just read back over what I just typed and make sure I got it correct. Yep, that’s what I meant to type. No one gets in? Really?  Nobody? Baseball Writers Association of America, you have got to be kidding me! You are saying that out of Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Lee Smith, probably the best overall offensive catcher in history Mike Piazza and so many others, not one gets voted in? Really? This is a rook deal if I ever saw one.

I don’t pretend to know all things in life but I can say this for sure: Someone on this ballot should have gotten into the Hall of Fame. Were the writers just not interested this year? No, I think they were all so worried about putting their vote on one of the controversial players that they just didn’t vote for many at all. It’s better for no one to get voted in than for Bonds or Sammy Sosa to get their vote. Give me a break! Speaking of broken, something in this system is broken. It should not be possible for that many all time greats to be on the same ballot and someone not get in.

Worst of all in this ridiculous voting result is the fact that Dale Murphy’s last year of eligibility was this year. I’m sure he would play it down a little because that’s the kind of guy he is but it’s wrong no matter which way you look at it. He at least deserves another year of eligibility if nothing else. That wouldn’t work though because there are even more good players eligible next year. It will be Jack Morris’ last year. I guess he won’t make the cut either for goodness knows what reason.

A few things would happen now if this was a perfect world. First of all the writers would be required to vote until a minimum number of players got in. Second of all, the voting rules would be seriously looked at in order to ensure this doesn’t happen. I know it has happened seven times before this. That makes eight times now that it should not have happened.

No one wants a minor leaguer with two career major league at-bats in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but someone on this list deserved to get in. It is a tragedy that Dale Murphy’s last year of eligibility came during a year where the writers chose to pay more attention to being politically correct than the actual players on the ballot. They should be ashamed of themselves as a group.

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