There’s been plenty of controversy surrounding the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot considering zero players will enter Cooperstown thanks to all of the criticism surrounding the players linked to steroids over the years. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa each had outstanding careers, but they will forever be connected to steroids and because of this–other players are missing out of entering Cooperstown.
While it was no surprise to see Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa miss out on this year’s class, it was a shock to see not one individual was worthy enough to be part of this year’s class for the Hall of Fame despite the types of careers they had. How does Mike Piazza–arguably one of the greatest catchers to ever play the sport–get denied of Cooperstown when he wasn’t linked to steroids like some of the other players on this year ballot? What about a player like Craig Biggio–who ranked 20th on the all-time hit list with 3,060–getting snubbed from this year’s class?
The fact that the writers believed not one player from this year’s class deserves to be in Cooperstown shows how awful this voting system is and how a change needs to happen sooner rather than later. It’s not fair to see other players like Piazza and Biggio miss out on reaching one of the greatest accomplishments in baseball because of the writers taking out their frustrations on the bone-headed steroid users.
They always say it only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else and clearly–that’s exactly what happened with this year’s list of candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame.