I think baseball Hall of Fame voting might be my favorite time of year. I don’t really care who gets into the Hall at this point. The voters have made the whole thing a joke, which is why it’s so entertaining. Some guys even elect to try to justify their terrible ballots. This is never a good idea for most of the BBWAA members, as Joe Capozzi proved two days ago. What better way to start a baseball blog than to rip off the shtick of one of the most beloved baseball blogs ever?
How can baseball’s Hall of Fame be the Hall of Fame without its all-time hits leader, all-time home runs leader and most decorated pitcher?
Great question, Joe. How? Well, it can’t. Pete Rose aside, leaving out the other two will essentially make the Hall irrelevant. But hey, I can’t wait for you to explain the answer to me.
Barry Bonds (762 home runs) and Roger Clemens (seven Cy Young Awards) should be no-brainers because of their statistics.
Oh. So we’re on the same page, then. Bonds and Clemens go in, and all is right with the world. Great job, Joe!
But their presence on this year’s ballot raises a far more distressing question:
Why didn’t the Astros sign Clemens for the last week of the season? I’ve lost sleep over this question.
Should players be enshrined in Cooperstown despite widespread suspicions that they cheated by using steroids and then lied about it?
Huh. Bummer. But, to answer your question, yeah, sure. I mean, it’s a suspicion. It would be pretty reckless to blackball people solely based off suspicions.
After all, how do we know who else was using steroids but didn’t get caught? And why should alleged cheats be excluded if the supposed misdeed have never been proven? Or if they’ve never been convicted of a crime?
All excellent points. I guess the column could just end now.
Fair questions. But I still can’t bring myself to vote for Bonds or Clemens. Not yet. Maybe not ever.
Well if you aren’t going to do it now, why the fuck would you do it in ten years? Will that give you enough time to see that it’s quite likely we’ll never see two better players in our lifetime? Maybe both can make comebacks and further improve their mediocre-at-best numbers.
And I’m not ready to vote for Mike Piazza or Jeff Bagwell, two players who fall into the suspicion category even though they never failed a drug test and weren’t named in the Mitchell Report.
YOU LITERALLY JUST SAID THEY NEVER DID ANYTHING WRONG. THEY WERE NEVER EVEN LINKED TO ANYTHING WRONG. THIS IS YOU: “WELL THAT GUY WORKED OUT TOO MUCH SO NOPE TOUGH TITTIES NOT IN MY PRECIOUS HALL.”
I cast votes for Tim Raines and Jack Morris on Friday
Oh thank God you voted for Jack Morris. He’s much more deserving than Clemens. If Clemens isn’t in, then a guy as mediocre as Morris shouldn’t even be allowed near the fucking building.
I gave careful thought to Craig Biggio, one of 28 players in history with 3,000 hits. But when I think of the most dominating players in the 1990s and 2000s, Biggio (3,060 hits) just doesn’t rank at the top.
Hahahahahaha what? Did anybody explain to you what you’re voting for? You aren’t voting for the single best player of his generation. That would be stupid. Especially because you’ve already said you won’t vote for Bonds. I’m honestly baffled by this explanation. Biggio is one of the best second basemen of all-time.
Growing up, I knew 714 meant Babe Ruth’s home run total and 755 meant Hank Aaron’s total. While writing this column, I had to look up Bonds’ total.
So it means less! Take that, steroids!
Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Palmeiro and McGwire strike out on “integrity, sportsmanship” and “character.’’
Yes, the Hall is full of dirt bags — from racists (Ty Cobb, Cap Anson) to cheaters (Gaylord Perry’s spitball).
But it’s not an era worth glorifying by giving suspected cheaters a coveted spot on the same wall that adorns the plaques of Ruth, Roberto Clemente and Christy Mathewson.
WHAT WHY CAN’T YOU SEE YOUR CONTRADICTIONS YOU OAF. For the sake of my sanity, I’ll just assume you’re suggesting Perry, Cobb, and Anson be removed from the Hall. That’s still really stupid, but it’s less stupid than leaving out two of the best players ever because you have a suspicion they did something bad.