Always up for tearing some Madden down…to go along with that Gil Elvgren Christmas pin-up set until next HOF season!
I also love how these critics say the writers are biased against players who didn’t cooperate with them — another reason to disenfranchise them as objective voters. There was probably no player in the 1970s and ’80s more hostile to the writers than Eddie Murray. And yet, in 2003, Murray’s first year on the ballot, the Baseball Writers, most of whom had no use for him, overwhelmingly voted him in to the Hall at 85.3%.
How ####### big of you guys to do that. You aren’t biased, you let one player in the Hall of Fame you don’t like. What Bill Madden leaves out of this discussion is the witch hunt by current Hall of Fame voters to leave players who are merely suspected of PED use out of the Hall of Fame. If that’s not some sort of bias to leave out those merely suspected, with no proof, then I don’t know what bias truly is.
This whole “we let Eddie Murray into the Hall of Fame and we hate him” argument reminds me of when someone says, “I’m not racist, I have two black friends.” If you know exactly how many players you don’t personally like who have been elected into the Hall of Fame, then you probably have a bias against players you don’t like.
...If there is one concern, however, about the presence of all the alleged-and-otherwise steroid cheats on the ballot, it’s that the raging debate over them is going to so dominate the voting process that two truly worthy Hall-of-Fame candidates, Jack Morris and Craig Biggio, could wind up losing out.
Jack Morris isn’t worthy, but I’m not allowing Bill Madden to convince me to follow that argument down the rabbit hole. How is Craig Biggio worthy? Why isn’t he suspected of PED use? Because he didn’t hit enough home runs? Maybe Biggio was a 5-10 home run guy and PEDs helped him to slug all of those doubles. The circumstantial evidence around Biggio is the same as the circumstantial evidence around Jeff Bagwell. They played during the same era, on the same team as PED users, and any evidence that ties Bagwell into PEDs could also tie Biggio in as well. Plus, we know Biggio would do anything to get an advantage in knowing he clearly leaned into some pitches so he could get hit and get on-base. It wasn’t wrong for Biggio to do this, but it shows he is willing to give up his body to get on-base, so what’s a little pinprick to improve his performance?
Posted: January 15, 2013 at 07:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
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