Originally posted on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 1/10/13
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) got it right in 2013. The Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) is not the Hall of Good Guys.  (Dale Murphy) The Baseball Hall of Fame is not the Hall of Milestone Numbers and you are automatically included regardless if you cheated, regardless if you are a bully, regardless if you forget English.  (You know the list) Nor is the Baseball HOF the Hall of Milestone Number which you are selected on the first ballot for a vote against the Axis of Evil and one career number.  (Craig Biggio) The Baseball Hall of Fame is not the Hall of Dominant Post Season statistics.  (Curt Schilling, Jack Morris) The Baseball Hall of Fame is not meant for asterisks or a section of its okay because everyone else was doing it (see PED's) or I don't think he was doing it.   (Bagwell, Piazza) The Baseball Hall of Fame is also not politics, where Super PACs or influential criminals people influence the popular vote to achieve a desired outcome based on personal gain. Baseball's Hall of Fame vote this year was a perfect imperfection. Perfect in the aspect it gives us all a chance to step back and take the pulse of what this identifies. The vote identifies we are not okay with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens bullying their way through steroid allegations. The vote does not over credit Jack Morris.  I admire and loved watching Morris pitch, however his 3.91 ERA influences (or denies) his Hall of Fame credentials.  He was good, sometimes great in the post season, but not HOF. My favorite player of the 1980s, Dale Murphy, also did not benefit. If I could have closed my eyes and ignored the facts, Dale Murphy would have been in the HOF on his final vote.  However, he didn't deserve a HOF vote because some of the others on the ballot have tarnished reputations.  One must evaluate each candidate individually, independent of one another, not in lieu of.  Thus, Murphy is in the Hall of Very Good Guys and Hall of Very Good.  He is not Hall of Fame. One of the guys on the ballot with a clean reputation and a HOF number, 3000 hits, Craig Biggio missed on his first attempt.  It's okay, Biggio was a career .281 hitter.  Only Rickey Henderson (.279) and Cal Ripken Jr. (.276) had lower career batting averages of the twenty-eight hit club members.  Of course Henderson and Ripken are recognized for a few other monumental baseball feats while Biggio is not.  Voting Biggio in the HOF over some of the others would have been a vote against the others instead of a vote for Biggio.  I envision Biggio being elected to the HOF down the road - but as a vote for him, not a vote against an era. Brewster's Millions, Richard Pryor Maybe this is a sign America's moral compass is getting back in line after years of Wall Street running amok, politicians becoming greedier and seedier, and wars in the name of _____ (insert make believe excuse here).  The instant gratification of a "NOW" generation has to take a step back and consider history a little more detailed.  This is refreshing. Baseball is a nine inning game.  We've all watched our favorite team dig a hole with our best pitcher on the hill, only to see them scratch and claw their way back into the game with a gutsy pitching performance from the pitching ace without his best stuff.  We've witnessed the batting lineup dig a little deeper each at bat and the defense dazzle us with a play keeping the other team in check when we were losing hope. Some national writers suggest the HOF is a mess and this Hall of Fame vote is a vote against the 1990's -like the 1990s never happened in baseball.  To some extent, they would be correct - Remember the 1994 World Series?? -it never happened.  While the video game numbers of the 1990's did happen, this was the first time a vote indicates we do not approve.  We do not accept the inflated numbers which led to inflated player personal financial gain at the expense of the fan.  This does not mean we will not forgive. The beauty of a HOF ballot is it is not a one and done vote.  A player is eligible for the Baseball HOF for 15 years assuming they receive a minimum of 5% of the vote in a given year. Most of these candidates have several more years of eligibility ahead of them. The celebration of baseball achievement in the 1990s will be on full display the next three years.  In 2014, Gregg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas become eligible.  The following two years will feature Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Trevor Hoffman and Ken Griffey Jr. Meanwhile, by the time 2017 rolls around, the individuals in question will have redeemed themselves, the fans and writers will have forgiven, or the Axis of Evil  will have further disgraced themselves. Things like questionable character, questionable stats, and questionable criteria seem to work themselves out when 75% of the vote is required to become a member of Baseball's HOF.  Perfectly, imperfect. Until Next Time, Craig Turley I'm on Twitter
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