• BBWAA Pitches A Cooperstown Shutout

    Posted by on January 9th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Their announcement:

    A winning candidate did not emerge from the Hall of Fame balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and verified by Ernst & Young. There were 569 ballots cast, the third highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates in the 2013 vote gained mention on the required 75 percent for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 needed for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage. Five blank ballots were among those submitted. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris with 385 (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell with 339 (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza with 329 (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines with 297 (52.2).

    Commenting on the election, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said, “The standards for earning election to the Hall of Fame have been very high ever since the rules were created in 1936. We realize the challenges voters are faced with in this era. The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide.”

    This is the eighth election by the BBWAA that did not produce a Hall of Famer and the first since 1996.

    This is great for those who like a baseball debate. But, it’s terrible for the Cooperstown economy. Induction weekend this year is going to be a ghost town…

    Gotta think that Biggio gets in next year.  But, I’m not sure I see the reason to make him wait.  And, maybe next year is the big one for Jack Morris too?

    Comments on BBWAA Pitches A Cooperstown Shutout

    1. Evan3457
      January 9th, 2013 | 5:11 pm

      Disgraceful performance by the BBWAA. I can understand not voting for Clemens and Bonds under the “character” provision, but Biggio, Bagwell, and Piazza are obvious Hall of Famers. To deny them the Hall based even partly on “suspicion” is a gross abuse of their voting power.

    2. MJ Recanati
      January 9th, 2013 | 5:49 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Disgraceful performance by the BBWAA. I can understand not voting for Clemens and Bonds under the “character” provision, but Biggio, Bagwell, and Piazza are obvious Hall of Famers. To deny them the Hall based even partly on “suspicion” is a gross abuse of their voting power.

      Agree 200%.

    3. Raf
      January 9th, 2013 | 6:35 pm

      Yeah, I kinda figured they were morons, so this comes as no surprise.

    4. 77yankees
      January 9th, 2013 | 9:33 pm

      This is a vindictive move by the writers who are embittered that they a) were too chicken to bring to the forefront what they were witnessing before their eyes or b) were shown up by Jose Canseco, whom they ridiculed as a clueless dolt out for a pay day, and as it turns out, was more than a kernel of truth in what Jose exposed.

      To not vote for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, etc., I totally understand. But these grandstanders puffing their chest out by saying they sent back blank ballots are fools and clowns for taking it out on the players who would be deserving and have no suspicion of being cheaters.

      With no living inductees this year, MLBN can basically broadcast the induction ceremony between innings of a mid-week afternoon game between the Indians & Twins.

      I wonder then, if as many of the outspoken Hall of Famers will show up in Cooperstown this year as possible as a show of unity against Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire, etc?

    5. January 10th, 2013 | 6:38 am

      I wonder how many living HOFers won’t show up now for induction weekend because they know now that the crowds won’t be there and thus less chance to make a buck signing things.

    6. MJ Recanati
      January 10th, 2013 | 9:25 am

      77yankees wrote:

      To not vote for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, etc., I totally understand. But these grandstanders puffing their chest out by saying they sent back blank ballots are fools and clowns for taking it out on the players who would be deserving and have no suspicion of being cheaters.With no living inductees this year, MLBN can basically broadcast the induction ceremony between innings of a mid-week afternoon game between the Indians & Twins.

      Agree 400%.

    7. Ricketson
      January 10th, 2013 | 8:38 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      To not vote for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, etc., I totally understand. But these grandstanders puffing their chest out by saying they sent back blank ballots are fools and clowns for taking it out on the players who would be deserving and have no suspicion of being cheaters.

      Blank ballots are not acceptable. And I’m disappointed at not seeing Morris receive the induction I believe he deserves, and its unfortunate that small businesses in Cooperstown will be impacted by this, but what about the accountability of “Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, etc.?” It is these players that are ultimately responsible for this set of circumstances, not the BBWAA. On balance, Its more important that a “statement on an era is made,” than Biggio or others having to wait a few years for induction – its certainly unfair, but their grievances are more appropriately directed at “Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, etc.”

    8. Raf
      January 10th, 2013 | 10:21 pm

      Overall, I’m not a big fan of hollow morality. Less of a fan of grandstanding. PED’s and the game aren’t some new phenomenon (check Bouton’s “Ball Four” and Bill Lee’s “The Wrong Stuff”). And given some of the people in the HoF, morality isn’t such a big deal either. If you want to argue that the numbers are tainted, well, you’re probably going to have to look at the numbers in each decade, pre and post expansion, pre and post intergration, dead ball and live ball, so on and so forth.

      To say nothing about the scrubs that PED’s have done nothing for.

      The numbers are there, we have more information at our disposal now than ever. You would think that narratives could and would be debunked, and I’m sure they would be, if people were more concerned with debunking narratives. Of course, there’s no money in that, and plenty in lazy reporting. So you get what you have now. It is what it is. :)

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