Skip to content

Nah, there’s nothing wrong with the Hall of Fame voting process

Jan 4, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

cooperstown

Except for the fact that three writers — not one, not two but three writers — from something called “GolfersWest.com” have Hall of Fame votes. And justify votes for some guys by saying things like “[a]dmitted bias here, as I covered [player] for his entire career …”

But fine, the GolfersWest.com did cover baseball for a long time and their ballots are not awful or anything. But gee whiz this is a bit much:

As for bias, that part is correct. We have the responsibility as to who gets in, so that gives us a natural bias toward doing it correctly. We stand by the door like a nightclub bouncer behind the velvet rope. We check IDs. We check authenticity. We compare those already in to those standing on the doorstep. For better or worse, we are to ones who approve the credentials. Yea or nay. That job has been entrusted to us and our bias tends to bend toward merit, not whim.

Today Joe Sheehan — whose newsletter is fabulous and to which you should subscribe — said the following:

This is the year, I would say, that the Hall of Fame voting ceased to be about the players and became, wholly, about the writers.

I’ve seen nothing to dissuade me of that notion.

There are probably a dozen dudes on the ballot this year who far exceed historical precedent for induction. If the patterns shown among publicly-released ballots so far, absolutely none are getting in.  All because a bunch of writers who, once upon a time, covered baseball for a living have decided that they are neither reporters nor historians nor analysts, but bouncers at Studio 54.  Just fabulous.

Latest Posts
  1. A-Rod is going to apologize, you guys

    Jan 26, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

    a-rod homer getty Getty Images

    I’m sure you’ve been worried about whether he would.

  2. Orioles sign Chris Parmelee

    Jan 26, 2015, 2:10 PM EST

    Chris Parmelee Getty Getty Images

    Parmelee was dropped by the Twins last month.

  3. Reds sign four-year contract extension with Devin Mesoraco

    Jan 26, 2015, 1:18 PM EST

    Devin Mesoraco AP

    Mesoraco is arbitration eligible for the first time at age 26 and filed for $3.6 million, while the Reds countered at $2.45 million.

  4. Wade Boggs shot a bull caribou without a license

    Jan 26, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

    Wade Boggs Horse

    Wade Boggs is . . . the World’s Most Interesting Man

  5. The Committee studying the A’s potential move to San Jose has . . . disbanded!

    Jan 26, 2015, 12:28 PM EST

    a's logo

    If it was a human it would’ve almost made it to the first grade. But now it is dead, aged just short of six years.

  6. Baseball’s 15th greatest general manager knew a bargain veteran when he saw one

    Jan 26, 2015, 11:29 AM EST

    Walt Jocketty AP

    If you made a trade with St. Louis in the 90s and 2000s, you likely got the bad end of that trade. Because of this guy.

  7. The Royals are monitoring James Shields

    Jan 26, 2015, 10:57 AM EST

    James Shields Getty Images

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.

  8. Jered Weaver packed on 25 pounds during the offseason

    Jan 26, 2015, 10:15 AM EST

    Jered Weaver AP AP

    “I don’t know if my metabolism is slowing down from getting older or what, but I feel good.”

  9. The Yankees are going to try to get out of paying A-Rod his contract incentives

    Jan 26, 2015, 9:31 AM EST

    alex rodriguez head Getty Images

    Hey guys, if things break just right we may get another A-Rod lawsuit!

  10. Rob Manfred defends Fred Wilpon being put in charge of baseball’s finance committee

    Jan 26, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York Reuters

    Short version: The man knows how to budget. Mets fans can’t dispute that.

  11. Reminder: eliminating defensive shifts is a dumb idea

    Jan 26, 2015, 8:30 AM EST

    dodgers shift

    A solution in search of a problem. Or, at the very least, a solution that would be worse than the problem.

  12. Important: we have new data on Wade Boggs’ epic beer consumption

    Jan 26, 2015, 6:46 AM EST

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    We are approaching the day when a Hall of Famer with over 3,000 hits and a career .328 batting average will be best known for knocking back cold ones.

  13. Indians will consider extending Corey Kluber

    Jan 25, 2015, 11:15 PM EST

    Corey Kluber Corey Kluber

    Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award for his great 2014 season and now the Indians will have to consider whether or not they want to sign him to a contract extension.

  14. Brewers GM Doug Melvin not looking to replace Yovani Gallardo

    Jan 25, 2015, 10:35 PM EST

    Jimmy Nelson Jimmy Nelson

    With Yovani Gallardo out of the picture, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he’s not looking to add a notable starting pitcher.

  15. Alex Meyer willing to pitch out of the bullpen for the Twins

    Jan 25, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Tampa Bay Rays Getty Images

    Twins prospect Alex Meyer is open to contributing out of the bullpen if he doesn’t win a rotation spot in spring training.

  16. Mariners sign Endy Chavez to a minor league deal

    Jan 25, 2015, 8:20 PM EST

    Endy Chavez Endy Chavez

    The Mariners added some outfield depth, signing Endy Chavez to a minor league deal. They’re reportedly close to signing Franklin Gutierrez as well.

  17. Brewers now interested in bringing back Francisco Rodriguez

    Jan 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez AP AP

    With Jonathan Papelbon likely staying in Philadelphia, the Brewers are turning their attention back to Francisco Rodriguez.

  18. How Commissioner Rob Manfred Can Make Baseball More Appealing

    Jan 25, 2015, 6:05 PM EST

    Rob Manfred Rob Manfred

    Rob Manfred’s suggestion to ban defensive shifting isn’t the best way to address some of the problems facing Major League Baseball.

  19. Rangers doubtful to consider Josh Hamilton reunion

    Jan 25, 2015, 4:41 PM EST

    josh hamilton getty Getty Images

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez wrote earlier this month that it’s unlikely Josh Hamilton will finish out his five-year, $125 million contract as a member of the Angels and that a trade may even be coming this season — in the third year of the five-year deal. But we can probably rule out a reunion with the Rangers.

  20. Mike Napoli calls sleep apnea surgery “one of the worst things I’ve ever (gone through)”

    Jan 25, 2015, 3:17 PM EST

    napoli getty Getty Images

    Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com shares the gory details about the painful facial surgery that Mike Napoli had earlier this offseason to help end his long battle with sleep apnea …

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Vogelsong (6066)
  2. J. Shields (5210)
  3. I. Suzuki (4219)
  4. J. Papelbon (4152)
  5. J. Gomes (3943)
  1. D. Fowler (3419)
  2. J. Santana (3408)
  3. J. Profar (3239)
  4. M. Scherzer (2813)
  5. G. Soto (2797)