Opinion: The Baseball Hall of Fame Again Proves That It's a Joke
For the first time since 1960, not a single player was elected for membership into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But why should I even be surprised. The BBWAA(Baseball Writers' Association of America) has always proven to be most useless and hypocritical organization is sports. All we have to do is look at their past decisions to see just how skewed and egotistical the voters really are.
For the last 9 years the writers have kept Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out of the hall for performance enhancing drugs while voting in other PED users who have had a lesser impact on the game like Frank Thomas and Ivan Rodriguez. How can a guy like Curt Schilling not be in the Hall of Fame but known PED user Mike Mussina be elected? Both come from nearly the same generation and I don't think a single person in the word would say that Mussina had a bigger impact on the game than Schilling did. Sammy Sosa and Mark Maguire made baseball popular again in the 2000's, but they were thrown aside for other obvious PED users like Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell. Why? Because the government didn't come after those guys in the same way they came after Sosa and Maguire? Or was it because their numbers weren't as high because they didn't abuse the drugs "as hard"?
It's not all about steroids in the Hall of Fame either, the writers want to be headline news as the reason why a specific player was elected or not. One of the most obvious cases came just last year in Derek Jeter's first eligible year to be inducted. Jeter had Hall of Fame numbers, had nearly zero PED accusations against him in his long 20 year career and his impact on the game was unquestioned. Jeter should of easily been elected unanimously into the Hall right? Well he wasn't. Jeter received 396 of 397 votes, one shy of being unanimous. The one writer out of nearly 400 "professionals" then went on too pen an article in the New York Times on why he voted against Jeter being on the ballot. This writer just wanted the fame, he just wanted to be the one who's opinion got talked about the most. This has happened all throughout the BBWAA's history, other legends like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and even Babe Ruth were just a few votes shy of 100%. How could someone who follow the game not agree that Babe Ruth is a Hall of Famer?(I'm sure you could read all about why those writers' didn't vote for a small fee on their personal websites)
A Hall of Fame is supposed to be an elite collection of players who made an impact on the game of baseball, not an ego battle between 400 old white men who are probably still angry they weren't good enough to play the sport to begin with. So to the BBWAA, congratulations, officially nobody under the age of 40 cares about your asinine list, and honestly barely anyone cares about the sport right now anyway. Maybe if you didn't tear down every star the sport has ever had, the game we all love wouldn't be dying.