Originally written January 10, 2013 on Reading Between The Seams:
The most anticipated day in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) has finally come and gone and yes of course they have spoken loudly with their pens selecting who they think is worthy of getting into their precious Baseball Hall of Fame.  This year baseball has taken a closer interest in who is voted in because of the elite and polarizing names displayed on this years ballot; and yes this is the only time these so-called sportswriters finally get to stick it to the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens while remaining anonymous.   Well if I were a betting man, I would say that both Bonds and Clemens are not surrounded by friends and family today, waiting for that phone call from the BBWAA telling them about their induction into the Hall.  It AIN’T happening today.  No one is getting in.  The hall of fame voters have made their decision to select no one in their exclusive fraternity all because of P.E.D.s.  Now we get to listen to BBWAA take center stage today, explaining their actions, like we give a crap on why the likes of a Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza or a Jeff Bagwell were not worthy enough to enter the Hall this year.  I’m sure as years will pass their stats will improve tremendously and it will allow these player to squeeze into the Hall with the minimum 75% they need to make it.  When you decide to keep the all-time hits leader out, the all-time home run king who has 7 MVP awards out and the 7 time Cy Young award-winning pitcher out then your reasoning is pointless.   Speaking of Pete Rose, the best advice he could give Bonds and Clemens is to hope they never get inducted!  Hall of Fame!  Who Needs the Hall Of Fame!  For over twenty years, baseball has kept Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame for admitting to gambling.  As much as Rose belongs in the Hall, the attention he receives is far greater than any member in Cooperstown.  The same attention will be for both Barry and Roger.  I mean lets face it, all three men would forever be linked together as the greatest players not to be enshrined.  When was the last time you heard the names of George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Johnny Bench and Hank Aaron.  No one is talking about them.  We have been talking about Pete Rose’s fate for the two decades now. If you are Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, you want to be the topic of conversation.  What is the old saying, any positive or negative news is good news.  You both have demanded the spotlight in your playing days, and both of you will continue being the center of the baseball world for many years to come.  Don’t get me wrong, the Hall is a special place; but for you two, if you really want to go, buy a ticket.  I’m sure you will get a few laughs when you see some of your own artifact inside the museum.  Look at the bright side,  you made mega bucks playing a little boys game and you will never have to payback a single dollar for your transgressions! Your records don’t have asterisks beside your name so take it with a grain of salt and accept the deal you made with the devil.   Someone please tell me what is the big deal about the Hall if you are not putting in the games best players?  It’s a museum where the best of the best show up once a year, wearing their golden jacket honoring the neophytes to the frat house.  Each new member receives a plaque and gives a speech, talking about the good old days.  Why would anyone be interested in this years Hall of Fame class that has selected no new members.    If the agenda in 2013 was to punish the likes of Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, and Tim Raines  you have done just that.  I can only imagine what Cooperstown will look and sound like this summer (CRICKETS….LOUD CRICKETS!) I have a family member that said baseball 20 years from now will be competing with the NHL for survival.  Good job BBWAA, you have had your day now go away. LeRoy McConnell IIIThe post BBWAA? Who Needs The Hall Of FAME! appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
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