Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m glad no one got in the baseball Hall of Fame in ’13

January 10, 2013 | Drew Forrester

At some point, “baseball” – and that means everyone associated with it – just giggled and said, “Let those boys do whatever they want…they’re gonna do it anyway.”

Yeah, maybe they are.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t hold them accountable for it five, ten or fifteen years later when the time comes to determine whether or not they should be enshrined in the baseball museum that recognizes the greatest to ever play the game.

I’d hold them all accountable by simply not voting for any of them.  How long would I return a blank ballot?  I’m not sure, but I have a great answer for the players who bellyache about people not voting for anyone.

It would go something like this:

Them – “How long are you going to go on being a jerk and not voting for anyone?”

Me – “I don’t know.  How long are baseball players going to keep using performance enhancing drugs?”

Them – “But we have testing now.”

Me – “Correct.  And guys are still getting busted every year.”

Them – “So, answer the question.  When will you vote for someone again?”

Me – “When five years have passed with no one testing positive.  How’s that sound?”

Them – “Sounds like you probably won’t vote for anyone anytime soon.”

Me – “Correct.”

So, for the time being, I wouldn’t vote for any of those creeps.

And, sadly, that means I wouldn’t put a check mark next to names like Maddux, Glavine and Thomas.  It would hurt me to do that – if I had a vote – because I always thought those players were exemplary competitors and representatives of the sport.

But the real truth is this:  I have no idea if those guys used steroids or not.  My “guess” is they didn’t.  But guessing can’t be good enough anymore, because we’ve been fooled too many times.  And, even when caught red-handed, baseball players have still lied to us about their involvement.  Look no further than the silly excuses Manny Ramirez came up with when he tested positive.  Same with Palmeiro.  It was as if they operated on a concept of:  “The fans are so dumb, they’ll believe anything we say, as long as say it with a straight face or point our finger at the camera and look mad about it.”

Also, keep in mind that Barry Bonds told people time and time again he didn’t use steroids.  Supporters of his would claim “Barry never failed a test.”

Bonds, under oath, later admitted he had, in fact, used “the cream and the clear”.  He just claimed he had no idea those things were steroids.

Yeah, that makes sense.  To an idiot, maybe.

But some people did buy it.  And still do.

I never did.

And the more I’m around it, the more I’ve convinced myself that none of them are worthy of worrying about it.

Voting for the Hall of Fame shouldn’t be hard work.  It should be fairly easy to do.  You look at a player’s performance, you judge him for what he did on the field and what he meant to his team and the game.  If he was a GREAT player, one of the best at his position or in his era, you vote him in.  If not, you don’t.

Today, in 2013, voting for a baseball Hall of Fame class is incredibly hard work.  You have to be a CSI detective to sift through the evidence – published, rumored, etc. – and then you’re always fighting that internal battle of “well, he never LOOKED like he was using steroids, so maybe he didn’t”.

My philosophy is simple:  You can’t trust any of them.  They’re like 16-year old boys calling your daughter to ask her out to Friday night’s high school football game and a milkshake afterwards.  They simply can’t be trusted.

I wouldn’t have voted for any of them this year.

And I probably wouldn’t vote for any next year or the year after that, either.

Oh, and that’s not my fault.

It’s their fault.

I didn’t use steroids, they did.

I didn’t wreck the game, they did.

I didn’t lie to the fans, they did.

Let them figure out how to get into Cooperstown if it’s so important.

They surely figured out a way to cheat and pull the wool over our eyes when THAT was important.


5 Comments For This Post

  1. Marty Says:

    Drew don’t always a agree with you, but well said. I’m glad none of these cheaters made it to the hall. These guys kill me when they say they injected something in themselves but had no idea what it was. How stupid is it for anyone to inject anything into their body without not knowing what it is. And then they get mad when called “dumb” jocks. I think Roger Maris should be put back in the record books as the all time single season home run king, as well as Hank Aaron. I must say I’m surprised that the baseball writers had the “balls” (forgive my pun) to not vote anyone in.

  2. Unitastoberry Says:

    All those guys looked over are laughing.They have more money combined than some countries .They used roids to become ubu rich and no ones coming after all that cash . They won !

  3. Chris Says:

    I agree with some of this but disagree on the fact that writers kept biggio out. He had 3000 hits and I don’t think there was any suspicion he ever did anything unethical. The only other one I go back and forth on is Bonds. He had over 500 homers long before it was noted that he cheated. So I think he made it based on that but I understand the counter argument.

    What I love (he says sarcastically) is the fact that the writers get on their high horse but yet said nothing about it while it was happening. Tom Verducci is the only one who has a leg to stand on since he reported the caminiti interview LONG before canseco came out with his book. Everyone else saying how terrible it is now, but yet said nothing in the moment are nothing but hypocrites and phonies.

  4. Rich Says:

    Maybe I need to read all of the rules of eligibility or the mission statement of the Hall of Fame, but in my understanding (or maybe lack thereof) the “Hall of Fame” and the “museum” are two mutually exclusive things. That’s why the BUILDING is named “The National Baseball Hall of Fame AND Museum”. I’ve been there several times. The plaques are displayed in a room and represent a visual collection of the inductees. The rest of the “museum” documents a history of the game that includes inductees and NON inductees. Next, the word “fame” (to me) implies “famous” or “very well known” as a result of the player/manager/executive/umpire performance during their involvement in baseball. Great players were “famous” and so were not great players (like Uecker). Where does it say that you had to be great “statistically” to be “famous” and be enshrined or not? I’m not totally naieve here, but tell me, was Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance “great” or just “famous?” How “great” was Jim Bunning? Phil Rizzuto? Catfish Hunter? Many others? How “famous” was Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Pete Rose, Vida Blue, many others? A lot here to sort through, but continues to distort the meaning of what the Hall of Fame stands for.

  5. Mike in Towson Says:

    I totally disagree with you. I always appreciate how well thought out, well written, and well informed your viewpoint reflects in your blogs. I am one of the few in this country who still think that watching a full 9 innings of the Great American Pastime is fun, and would prefer that to lunch with Jeffrey Dahmer (yes I need a life). This whole issue comes down to one word: GREED. The same disease that has plagued the sport for a century +.
    “Chickens come home to roost”, this is an appropriate description to what the game under Bud Selig’s leadership is now confronting.
    Selig was the “acting commish” through an unprecedented labor dispute in 1994 (including no playoffs & World series) that resulted in massive brand deterioration and revenue loss for MLB. It’s a hypothesis, but someone needs to tell me how as he watched fans fill the stadiums during the 1997/1998 renaissance, accelerated by Sosa/McGwire HR race, that MLB did not know that the root cause of the offensive explosion resulting in the games resurrection was driven through players using PED’s??? They turned their back and allowed it, I would even go as far as to say they encouraged it. I think your position on page 1 is naive regarding “testing”, nobody cared.
    I don’t want to excuse the players in question but let’s not be too quick to think that the 240 existing members (including 35 Negro league) would have taken the moral high-ground in their day if it game them an edge.
    MY SOLUTION – Having been to the HOF… create a section that deals with post-strike (1994) baseball and all its effects. This would allow them to talk about all the issues that the game faces from PED, revenue sharing, inter-league play, WBC Classic etc. I would put them in but make that distinction with a new section based on the strike year and tell the whole story including PED’s and all the good/bad under Selig. Somebody needs to “check” these cats who are already in the HOF. Tight fraternity or not, these guys didn’t shit ice cream over the course of their lives. “What If” Mickey Mantle had access after he ripped up his knee in 1951?? Could he/would he turn to PED’s?? He most likely would have refused it but…you never know. I can go on and on here but I’m already too long in my response.
    These writers need to understand that if they are going to question the players of this era, than they need to also question the executives & managers of this era whose hands are equally as bloody. They also need to understand that “doing nothing” is horseshit. Not doing anything for an extended amount of time…is equivalent to avoiding accountability & not doing their job. This is where the guys who aren’t good enough to play, but good enough to write about it, need to do better. Peace, have a glass of Joel Gott this weekend and enjoy the Ravens.

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