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Seriously, what's going on with some of these voters? There's no crying in baseball. Sack up and vote. There are at least a dozen Hall of Famers on this ballot - if I see one more person turn in a blank ballot or refuse to vote, I'm gonna scream.
On this ballot, it's not unreasonable for a voter to come to the conclusion that since none of the good candidates can be assumed to be 100% clean, the only way for a voter to express that opinion is to submit a blank ballot.
Entregue mi boleta en blanco. Todo es muy confuso para mi y creo que la MLB le ha dado una responsabilidad muy grande a la prensa.
I can't resist ...
There's enough evidence that suggests that PED usage was widespread in baseball during the period of time that the players who are on this ballot and who are strong HoF candidates based on playing record played so that I think a voter can reasonably conclude that none of the "dozen Hall of Famers" on this ballot can be assumed to be 100% clean.
If a voter believes that PED usage should be an absolute bar to HoF candidacy per the criteria listed above,
then a voter should not vote for anyone that he can't assume is 100% clean. On this ballot, it's not unreasonable for a voter to come to the conclusion that since none of the good candidates can be assumed to be 100% clean, the only way for a voter to express that opinion is to submit a blank ballot.
A voter's primary task is to elect the best candidates. Blank ballots should not be counted in the total. Note them as memoranda, but don't allow them to be a barrier to election.
There is nothing in the rules or in precedent that dictates that PED usage be held an absolute bar to HOF candidacy.
There are amps users in, there are cheaters in (Perry). And so barring known or suspected steroids users from the HOF is a new standard; and it is wrong to hold this generation of players to a new and different standard.
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