The MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2013 can be summed up into one word–a joke. A dry, senseless and cruel joke to the MLB and their fans. The major disconnect I have with this entire process is in fact the writers belief that they are larger than life. Like it or not, baseball has never done anything to undermine illustrious candidates like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens. They still posses all of the MVP trophies, all of the Batting Titles, all of the Cy Young Awards, and World Series rings. So why would the MLB writers have the inclination to decline these players of a Hall Of Fame spot?
The ballot it comprised of 540 voters, all of whom are journalists from all over the country. Some have covered the game since the early 70’s while some have been on the beat for just a few seasons.
Either way, they still have a vote and can use it however they please.
Perhaps, in a revolutionary gesture towards the entire steroid era, five ballots were in fact left completely blank. The star-studded cast included the admitted steroid users like Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, and Clemens–who all received less than 50% of the vote. The list even included players like Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio who were never implicated to steroids.
The ballot was quite impressive to me and I would love to see an in-depth report of which columnists did what with each of their Hall of Fame ballot.
Invasion of privacy? When I the fan pay over $100 for me and friends to attend a single MLB game, I believe I’m entitled to know why exactly the best players of the game are being withheld from the leagues most prestigious place.
What made me the most furious was that former Texas Ranger SP Aaron Sele received a vote into the Hall this season. Listen to this–Sele had a 4.61 ERA in 15 MLB seasons and never led the league in any statistic. Sele’s nomination was a slap in the face to any baseball fan and it’s safe to say we all deserve an explanation from the ignoramus that did this.
When next January rolls around, expect more of the same. The MLB and its fans are at such a disconnect it is not even funny. In particular, the writers take this process as a power trip and apparently a big joke.
In my mind, the number of voters should be minimized and be made a much more exclusive process. Also, these writers should have to disclose who they voted for and why. Until then, the Hall Of Fame will remain tainted.