Originally written February 24, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Lofton
With me being off the ballot, what I accomplished during the steroid era meant nothing. You look at the people who voted for the Hall of Fame. I think there might have been 600. They still voted for people who were cheating the game. It boggles my mind that the people you know cheated, who admitted they cheated, are still on the Hall of Fame ballot. That is sad. It’s really sad for baseball. [...] For me to go out and cheat it that way, that’s not respecting the game I love. I just feel the reason these guys cheated was because of the money. They didn’t care about the Hall of Fame. If you would have cared about the Hall of Fame, you wouldn’t have even thought about cheating. It was all about money. – Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton, 40, in a recent conversation with Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Lofton, who despite hitting .299 with 2,428 hits and 1,528 runs while making the postseason 10 times, only received 3.2 percent of the vote in one of the  more controversial Hall of Fame seasons ever. He will no longer be eligible for the ballot without an exemption from the Hall of Fame’s veteran’s committee — an excruciatingly slow process to endure. [Related: On the 2013 Indians starting rotation and narratives]
1 Comment:
  • It is a shame Kenny Lofton did not receive more votes for admission into the "Hall". Here is a man that played for the true love of the game and left it all on the field each time he was in the lineup. He was a pure joy to watch both offensively and defensively. If his defensive play could be included as a requirement for the HOF he would be a shoe in. Thanks for the memories Kenny, you are a class act and in my mind you are already in the hall, unlike some juice user who acquired bloated stats at the plate but could neither run or catch a routine fly ball!
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