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Lou Whitaker should have been retained on the ballot and deserves to make the Hall of Fame
vote for Bagwell next year. (I don't know why
I'm now convinced that the BBWAA HOF voters are further away from the intellectual mainstream than the birthers. 9/11 truthers and the "moon landing was faked" contingent.
he just wants to wait a little while longer to gain more confidence that the players were clean.
How do your prove a negative from almost twenty years ago in the absence of tests? With seances, tarot cards and divining rods?
it's somewhat defensible as long as Bagwell is retained on the ballot
I don't like the fact that he's not (yet) voting for Bagwell, and I like even less the fact that as a steroid discounter, he's going to vote for Bonds and Clemens next year
If one believes that electing a user is worse than making a non-user wait a few years, putting a moratorium on the induction of all players from the generation is the perfectly sensible approach to take. (Not that Henning is doing exactly that.)
Exactly. You can't take someone out of the HoF, so unless the person is in their last year or in danger of slipping past 5% you should vote no if you're unsure.
No. Is it right to slander someone with baseless charges for two years and defend it by saying say "it's OK, he has thirteen more years of crappy BBWAA votes to go through" when these voters still demand proof that Bagwell didn't use illegal PED's?
Now you're 35 years away from the supposed scene of the crime looking for clues.
I have mostly stayed out of PED and/or HOF discussions so I guess I haven't been bombarded with as much unfair slandering of Bagwell as others, but isn't it about a million times more likely that ANY weight-lifter baseball player from the 90's did steroids than that the moon landing was faked? I
Why doesn't anyone suspect Edgar ?
You might not believe this, but in some quarters one is actually mocked for taking more time for discussion, research, and thought.
Drugs are hard, man. Cheating is hard. Circumstantial evidence is hard.
It's hard, so most people just don't bother with any of it. It's either all good, or all bad. Seems like most Hall of Fame voters simply will not vote, no matter the circumstances, for any player who's been attached to steroids. Seems like most bloggers and fans of bloggers, no matter the circumstances, give a free pass to every player who's ever cheated.
Well, you know. That's one way to live your life. The easiest way, probably.
I remain unconvinced that it's the best way, or the most interesting way.
I don't get why waiting 7 years to vote for Bagwell is massively worse than waiting the minimum 5 years to vote for him. All he is doing is just giving a little more time to see if something pops up. If nothing does, then he votes for Bagwell, why is that such a big deal?
And I agree with SugarBear: Andy will loudly scream that what this writer is doing is wrong -- but this is where the Andys of the world have brought us.
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