Fixing The Baseball Hall Of Fame, Via The VoteBaseball, The Cheap Seats — By Matt Whitener on December 28, 2012 at 1:15 am
Back in 2010 before I landed at TSFJ, I had the good fortune of joining up with the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, a national pool of freelance beisbol writers that has since fed some rather reputable outlets the last few years. As part of this affiliation, I’ve cast an internal Baseball Hall of Fame ballot the last two years, following the official voting procedures. And ever since that began, I’ve dreaded what 2013 was to bring: a decision that makes LeBron’s look like the call between soup and salad.
The Steroid Era needs no introduction, and neither does the ethical war on Hall affiliation it’s spawned. So let’s get this out here in a hurry: I don’t care. With a few very clear exceptions, I am largely unaffected by steroid users … especially ones that were great before this was even an issue. So with the exception of one ex-Cub right fielder, whose assent was far too quick and overpowering to be coincidence, I’m not blocking anybody from my ballot.
But like with any vote, there’s opinion. Ten folks can get in on each ballot, which makes a ton of difference voter to voter. Will the real ballot look like mine? Absolutely not. Most likely it will be a very small class, with a ton of turnover. But I guarantee that starting this year, there will never be a more hotly debated ring of fire around baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Here’s my not-so humble opinion on who should be in the fold this year, and why.
Be sure to check out the full ballot as well to see what a tough call this is this time around.