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As of today, commissioner Bud Selig has not placed any players from the so-called Steroid Era on the permanently ineligible list. He has the right to do so. If he does, then that player is ineligible for the Hall of Fame. That player will not be on the ballot… Selig’s decision not to ban steroid users effectually labels them as fit to be judged solely on their on-field production. Every player that has been banned, after all, has been banned for issues relating to character, integrity or sportsmanship (mostly gambling, although auto theft and drug use are other sins that have resulted in bans). It stands to reason that, in the absence of specific instructions otherwise, every player who has not been been banned has been deemed by baseball as possessing sufficient character, integrity and sportsmanship to warrant continued conclusion in the sport, and, thus, potential inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
Selig's authority over the HoF is nonexistent
Have you been there before? Has it ever made it to the top 3 choices on your vacation plans list? How many of your friends have ever been? In short, are you really a potential visitor to the HoF or are you just among the vast majority of human beings who are never going to set foot in the place.
As of today, commissioner Bud Selig has not placed any players from the so-called Steroid Era on the permanently ineligible list. He has the right to do so. If he does, then that player is ineligible for the Hall of Fame. That player will not be on the ballot… Selig’s decision not to ban steroid users effectually labels them as fit to be judged solely on their on-field production.
I think it's wonderful that the writer wants us to think Bug Selig is the last word on how the BBWAA should vote.
Murphy as a smug, non-talented writer.
It's interesting to read the comments following the link, 90% characterize the article as illogical crap, and Murphy as a smug, non-talented writer.
Now some members of the BBWAA clearly are treating known/alleged/suspected steroid use as the bright line that HoF/MLB's actions pretty clearly say it's not. Good ways to solve that issue are not obvious to me.
Automatic Elections — No automatic elections based on performances such as a batting average of .400 or more for one (1) year, pitching a perfect game or similar outstanding achievement shall be permitted.
Given their performance is among the very best of all-time, to exclude them based on character issues would be to say that their character flaws invalidated their on-field performance... for someone [...] whose performance might be deemed "excellent" but not "great" and certainly not "all-time great", [... it is] for a voter to decide that his character flaws push him onto the wrong side of the in/out line.
Voting — Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played. ...
Amendments — The Board of Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. reserves the right to revoke, alter or amend these rules at any time.
There seems to always be a debate about the definition of the MVP. What does the ballot say?
There is no clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means. It is up to the individual voter to decide who was the Most Valuable Player in each league to his team. The MVP need not come from a division winner or other playoff qualifier.
The rules of the voting remain the same as they were written on the first ballot in 1931:
1. Actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense.
2. Number of games played.
3. General character, disposition, loyalty and effort.
4. Former winners are eligible.
5. Members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.
You are also urged to give serious consideration to all your selections, from 1 to 10. A 10th-place vote can influence the outcome of an election. You must fill in all 10 places on your ballot. Only regular-season performances are to be taken into consideration.
Keep in mind that all players are eligible for MVP, including pitchers and designated hitters.
The exclusion of Bonds and Clemens would likely damage the legitimacy of the HoF in the eyes of some of its potential visitors but the inclusion of Bonds and Clemens would likely damage the legitimacy of the HoF in the eyes of some of its other potential visitors. And, in the end, the vast majority of its potential visitors won't care much one way or the other. If the HoF makes the decision in inclusion/exclusion then they completely piss off one of those two groups.
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