Found January 11, 2013 on Obstructed View:
Recently, we’ve talked in the comments a little about how much harder it is going to be to get anybody into the Hall of Fame in future ballots because the BBWAA has clogged it up with very legitimate candidates. I’ve seen expectations here and elsewhere that Maddux will get in for sure next year. Normally, I’d agree that he, at the very least, should have no problems at all.  Normally. But these are not normal times on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. Maddux should absolutely be good enough to be a “first-ballot” Hall of Famer. 355 wins, 3,371 strikeouts, 4 Cy Young Awards, about a billion Gold Gloves, and absolutely no suspicion of PEDs use (that I am aware of). If that can’t get you in on a first ballot, I don’t know what would. I think that is a very reasonable conclusion to draw based on what we’ve seen on how voting has tended to go in the past ballots. But here is the problem that nobody seems to be dealing with or wrapping their heads around. Where are these votes coming from? ...

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