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The Hall should make clear the voters are not obliged to reconcile their votes with the historic standard of noble conduct.
Its a shame it will be at least 5 years til we get to see what they do with pettitte on the ballot.
Has there BEEN a historic standard of noble conduct?
I'm kind of confused here. Does Fay Vincent think that there's no actual proof that men walked on the moon, or that astronomers have just taken their best guess at the distance (which was first estimated with remarkable accuracy in 270 BC)? We have proof of these things, which is why they are considered facts in the first place.
God not freakin Fay Vincent again. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: "Have you no unexpressed thoughts?".
Let's stipulate that PED use = lack of character.
I would propose to the Hall that it establish some new form of recognition for those who cheated but put up career numbers that deserve Hall recognition. Perhaps there should be a separate wing for cheaters.
Then if someone gets in under false pretenses, there is a corrective mechanic in place.
Perhaps there should be a separate wing for cheaters
After Vincent was forced out the Neverending Reign of Bud began. Do you think baseball would have been better or worse off if Vincent had been allowed to remain commissioner and Selig never ended up with the post?
The confusion in this nation on the subject of what is “fair” is endemic.
Who says the voters have to be fair
In fact the writers did the wise thing. They deferred the question. Many tough issues in this nation get deferred. I like the result and much prefer a flawed deferral to a flawed election.
Now, Fay Vincent is a moron and this article is awful, but this is a little unfair, I think.
Does Vincent understand what an "honor" is?
I swear the boomers have had their brains blown by PED (steroid/HGH version) use. Yes, your old favorites no long hold the all-time HR records (single season or career). Yes, guys in the 90's used the most powerful drugs they could find just like your favorites did.
Fans: Tougher to answer. The strike alone is a pretty bad mark, plus the PED mess. Generally I'd lean towards Bud, given the health of the game's finances, positive labor relations since (also, the other leagues have also had work stoppages during his tenure, though his was the worst), and expanding coverage/accessibility.
(also, the other leagues have also had work stoppages during his tenure, though his was the worst)
Opposition to steroid users being voted into the Hall of Fame doesn't just come from "baby boomers," or have anything to do with outrage that "childhood heroes" have had their records taken from them, and it's a fairly cheap ad hominem to attack who hold anti-steroid views along those lines. (I'm no baby boomer, for example -- my heroes growing up were McGuire, Canseco, Clemens, Bonds, etc.)
Does Gonfalon take requests? Barry Bonds' acceptance speech upon being inducted into the HoF's cheaters wing please.
Since the inductions are televised live, the best we can hope for is a lot of "forget you"s and "yippee-ki-yay, Mister Falcon"s.
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