Not Guilty…

Tomorrow we get to see who was picked for this year’s class baseball HOF class. The list of players on the ballot is impressive, some of the biggest names and numbers of any group on a single ballot. It should be fun, but a single word took all that away. Steroids.

In the interest of full disclosure I thought Mark McGwire should have been a first balloter. I don’t want to argue the point about whether or not known/admitted steroid users should go in the HOF. I want to focus on the potential abuse of power by some of the HOF voters.

There is a chance tomorrow that Mike Piazza may not get voted in.
Piazza was without question the most dominant catcher of his era, and one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time.

But there are some out there that suspect he used steroids. Now there is no proof, it is speculation based on the fact he played during the period when MLB chose to look the other way on the issue and he hit a lot of homeruns.

Baseball more than any other sports is connected to it’s past. Guys like Ruth, Mantle and Cobb are still very much a part of the game. Memories of our first trips to the park are vivid and help tie fans to the game. But this connection to the past is also a problem. We tend to remember the past with rose-colored glasses. This includes many voters.

There are voters that refuse to pick anyone, as a first ballot HOFer because they feel no one is that good. There have been voters that have gone on record to say that since guys like Babe Ruth weren’t unanimous picks no one should be. This is just silly.

Back to the guilt by association deal.

Piazza may very well get voted in, but one guy has paid the price for speculation by some voters.
Granted he was never a surefire lock, but still you can’t help but think his failure to get enough votes is in part due to an unfounded connection to steroids.

I am just tired of all the judgment by stuffy old writers singing the praise of older players that had just as many faults as the guys they call cheaters.



7 responses to “Not Guilty…

  1. Agree, I’m sick of the writers and their high horse.

    I have a bigger casualty for you than Bagwell, though. Kenny Lofton is a hall of famer in my book. And he’s going to be one and done. Why? Because of the ballot he’s on.

  2. SOME baseball writers like to pass judgment. Much like you’re doing now.

  3. Chceck this out,

    He is not voting for anyone. His main point is aimed at the players, not MLB or the owners or even the media that was more than happy to benefit from the homerun craze of the late ’90s.

    And since when is the best way to confront a difficult issue to close your eyes, hold your breath and say I am not playing anymore.

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