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The National Baseball Hall of Fame is a sacred place to all those who love our national pastime,
So the cowardly voters love Morris, Smith, McGriff and Mattingly but hate Bagwell, Raines, Clemens, and Bonds.
This means that I believe over time the Bonds and Clemens should go into the Hall group will eventually nag the other voters into eventually voting for these guys.
Other than Larry Walker, the anonymous voters pretty much shat on the candidates favored by the analytical crowd.
It is, when you think about it, the perfect Hall of Fame weekend for a year in which the writers made baseball's greatest honor not about the players, but about themselves. In late July, the Hall will honor one more living writer, J.G. Spink Award winner Tom Hagen, than it will living players.
Who exactly are the Lee Smith voters?
His (Hagen's) eight-man ballot included Bonds and Clemens.
"If I knew definitively who used steroids and who didn't, I would not vote for candidates who did," says Hagen. "But I don't. Nobody else does, either. And I'm not going to turn my ballot into a guessing game. Further, the integrity clause is only one of the criteria listed, one that not all current Hall of Famers have been held to."
It would be interesting to see how many columns Hagen (isn't it Paul by the way?) wrote about steroids in the late-90s.
That's too bad but the BBWAA will say that it is business not personal.
It's not personal? The writers are acting as if they're Kim Kardashian and found out that Ray J was cheating on them.
There should be a Deshaies Award for least-likely garnering of HOF votes. I will say that Aaron Sele's curveball was a thing of beauty: an old-fashioned overhand drop, with outstanding change of speed from his other stuff. If you were looking fastball when he threw it, you were looking silly in the bargain. His problems came when you were looking fastball and he actually threw a fastball. I reckon his #1 fan was honoring the aesthetics of that pitch.
Who was the brave soul that thought Aaron Sele was a Hall of Famer?
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