There are very few things that baseball fans have to look forward to each season anymore. Football has taken over the lives of many Americans, and now most people consider America’s National Pastime to be ‘too boring’ or an ‘old man’s game.’ Between the start of the season, the trade deadline, the World Series and Hall of Fame voting, there really is not much to look forward to anymore with the sport, and after Wednesday’s debacle of the Hall of Fame voting system and the subsequent one-year ban of Dan Le Batard from voting on awards, it really shows that baseball is dying.
Instead of trimming the amount of voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America or going after the guys that vote for J.T. Snow and Armando Benitez — or even going after the guys that not fill up the 10 slots you are allowed fill up on your ballot — the fraternity is going after a man who gave his vote away to reliable fans which cast one of the more reasonable ballots in recent memory.
Baseball writers are attacking each other and causing more disarray in a union of people that are supposed to love the game. However, the sport has taken a backseat to people who do not care anymore. Writers want to voice their own opinion and build their own brand instead of keeping the sport alive and rewarding those who helped keep baseball from sinking. We are not celebrating the careers of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine or Frank Thomas; instead, the BBWAA is putting another stake in the heart of baseball creating more controversy surrounding it than there needs to be.
Fans have survived the steroid era over the past 10 years, and now they get to listen to the bickering back and forth between men and women that seemingly do not have a care about their own vote aside from wondering who else is voting for whom.
Changes are needed in this club more than the changes that are needed in the Miami Marlins‘ front office. Casting a shadow on pieces of paper rather than honoring those who are going to be inducted into the halls of greatness is a shame and enough to deter even more fans away from the sport.