The Baseball Hall of Fame elected 3 players today. Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tom Glavine all made the cut while Craig Biggio was 2 votes short.
Congrats to those 3 players. They were well deserving of enshrinement.
We made our statement on the HOF ballot here in a subtle way. We did our own vote with our own writers. In case you missed it, we elected 8 players,
- Greg Maddux
- Frank Thomas
- Tom Glavine
- Craig Biggio
- Roger Clemens
- Barry Bonds
- Mike Mussina
- Curt Schilling
We also had votes for Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Alan Trammel, and Tim Raines.
In my opinion, they were all good votes and every single one of those players deserves to be in. We are saber friendly here, but this is hardly what I would call a sabermetric metrics blog that goes strictly by the numbers. We are a diverse group of baseball writers and passionate fans here at Cubs Den. If we can get it together, why can’t the BBWAA?
I really tried to feel livid about the HOF voting results, but years of Ron Santo outrage has worn me thin. Try as I might, I could not summon up enough outrage to write a scathing article. The writers have already hit rock bottom in my eyes when they only elected Ron Santo posthumously after keeping him out all those years for no good reason. The Santo snub was one of the first things I wrote about here at Cubs Den. You can read it here. But since then, I haven’t spoken out.
That won’t happen again.
There was the guy (no, I won’t mention his name on my blog) who voted for Jack Morris and not Greg Maddux simply because he didn’t want to vote for anyone who played in his arbitrarily defined “steroid era”. It didn’t matter to him that Maddux did not use nor was even suspected of using. He played in the era and that was enough for that particular writer.
There were also guys who voted for Jacque Jones and Armando Benitez — yet the deserving Biggio fell two votes short.
While I’m not happy that a lot of worthy players didn’t get in, I had to at least console myself that Jack Morris wasn’t voted in to make some meaningless point.
That’s what it has come down to.
The BBWAA has done worse than make me angry about their voting. They made me apathetic to it. I can’t imagine anything worse than that. Their own apathy towards modernizing their understanding of the game has, in turn, created apathy among many toward the HOF process among this new generation of fans. What’s the purpose of stubbornly doing it the way it’s always been done when there is so much more objective information available these days?
putting stomping my foot down again.
Outrage it is.
I owe that to Ronny and all of the other players who get snubbed for irrational reasons.
I owe it to the game I love.
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