Out of all the absurdity that happened Wednesday when the Baseball Hall of Fame voting was announced, there was nothing quite like the greatest hitting catcher of all-time being shunned from the Hall of Fame. Former Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and brief stints with the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics catcher Mike Piazza was not voted into the Hall. It is blasphemous how some of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted.
Piazza spent 16 years in the majors. A career that was capped off with 427 home runs, 1335 RBI, a batting average of .308, 2127 hits, .922 OPS and a 56.1 WAR. Piazza also hit six home runs and drove in 15 RBI in the playoffs. He made one World Series appearances with the Mets in 2000 before being swept by the New York Yankees and hit his most notable home run when baseball came back after the September 11, 2011 against the Atlanta Braves. He is also a 10-time Silver Slugger, 12-time all-star and was the 1993 Rookie of the Year.
To give him an even better case, Piazza’s name was clean. He was not associated with the Mitchell Report, he was not tried with Rafael Palmerio, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire or Curt Schilling and yet he still finishes with 57.8 percent of the vote, well-short of the 75 percent needed to be inducted.
Here are some of the players on some of the ballots that were voted over Piazza: Alan Trammel, Fred McGriff, Kenny Lofton, Larry Walker, Julio Franco and Lee Smith.
These writers are absurd. Nobody actually cares and it just seems like they throw names around just because they’re the “almighty” writers and they get to decide.
Well, thank you, BBWAA. You have ruined the 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot this year and will more than likely ruin it in the next few years. Piazza was shunned and it’s incredible.
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