2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame voters should be ashamed of themselves

The Baseball Writers Association of America is a joke.

This Hall of Fame vote was a joke. The five people who sent in a blank ballot should have their votes taken away. The one idiot who voted for Aaron Sele should have their vote taken away. How does Mike Piazza get under 60% of the votes? What evidence is there against him? Will the reporters who kept votes from Piazza do the same with Jeter because he played on a team with so many known PED guys?  All writers should have to make their votes public. Here is a list of people who did make it public this year. Who are the eight writers who voted for Clemens but not Bonds? How do you explain that?

Hardball Talk has a good piece on Mike Piazza.

What happens in the next few years? The ballot is about to get really crowded. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Jeff Kent, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux all get on the ballot in the next two years.

I’ve been mentioning on twitter how so many of these guys need to lose their privilege to vote. Journalists should be reporting the news, not making it. If you don’t vote for someone because they aren’t a “first ballot” Hall of Famer, you should lose your vote. A player is either a Hall of Famer or he is not. There is no in between. Worthy guys are going to get taken off the ballot because these writers want to be the story. Just look at next year’s ballot. Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Biggio, Sosa McGriff, Maddux, Glavine, Kent, Schilling, Bagwell, Mussina, Frank Thomas. Only ten can be voted for.

Here is a full list of who is eligible in 2014.

At this point BBWAA is the biggest joke this side of congress and the NRA.

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Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring

Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring. Hats off to one of the greatest players ever.

Ken Griffey Jr. was as big a part of baseball as anyone in the 90s. It really is a shame that injuries have dominated the 2nd half of his career. He ends up with 630 career homeruns despite missing an average of 56 games a season after turning 30. That is as remarkable as it gets.

I have long had a rule that you can’t be a fan of a division rival and therefore can’t buy their jersey or any other merchandise. Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the few guys I would make an exception for. If you grew up in the 90s and liked baseball, you wanted to be Ken Griffey Jr. Whether it was the backwards hat in the Homerun Derby or his smooth play in Centerfield it was hard not to like the guy or root for him. He genuinely looked like he loved the game. He proved it again in 2000 when he probably could have landed a much bigger contract on the open market but requested a trade to the Reds so he could play closer to his home.

He will no doubt be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I would like the MLB to incorporate Darren Rovell’s idea and put a backwards hat on his plaque! I would love to make the drive to Cooperstown for Griffey’s induction.

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