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The Hall of Fame might be broken, but not in the way you think it is

Jan 21, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT


As a part of my friend Michael Clair’s charity blog-a-thon, I wrote about how Hall of Fame voting might — might, not definitely — be broken. But not in quite the way a lot of people have been saying over the past couple of weeks.  Rather, it’s turning into weird, divisive and gridlocked politics much akin to what goes down in Congress. You can read it in its entirety over at Old Time Family Baseball. An excerpt:

Congress has always been nasty, but there were always matters which were subject to logrolling and compromise which didn’t necessarily become points on which the parties would choose to do battle.  Now nearly every topic, no matter how far removed from the main planks of either party’s platform, sees the same level of polarization and combat that the bigger social issues and battles over entitlements typically occasion. I mean, lawmakers now consider basic empirical facts to be the subject of political argument for crying out loud. The previously non-political is increasingly becoming political.

Might things be heading in that direction in baseball?

Click through to see the answer to that question.

And again, it’s for a good cause. The charity blog-a-thon for which that bit was written, is to support Doctors Without Borders. It ends soon, but for the past 24 hours Michael has been running guest posts by all kinds of great baseball writers. It’s great stuff, so by all means, check it out and consider a donation.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    At least in Congress those guys are voted into the office and, while they may be misguided, they do have a constituency to answer to when the time comes to be reelected. These baseball writers answer to NO ONE. They can do whatever the hell they want, whenever the hell they want, for whatever reason they want and nobody can, or more importantly WILL, do a damn thing to them. Vote for no one? Go ahead…we won’t say anything to you. Vote for Aaron Sele, Shawn Green, and Steve Finley? Sure, why not? It’s a complete joke and nothing will change until these writer are somehow held accountable for their ballots.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Because, shockingly, baseball is not a republic. Good grief. Do you get all torqued about Miss America too?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        I’m not sure I get what you are trying to say. Did you think I pulled the reference to Congress out of my ass? Or was it a direct rebut of what Craig wrote in HIS article? Did you even read his post or just decide to be a dick just for the sake of being a dick?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Hahaha! I was trying to stress that fact that you were female.
        Apparently…I did a terrible job of it.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Chris…I don’t think “she” was trying to be a penis as much as “she” was trying to be a smart ass.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        What’s w/ the air quotes, dude? Am I a fake she? :)

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

        Are you saying a “she” can’t be a “dick”? Because if you are, that’s “nuts”.

  2. natslady - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Read it last night during pointy-ball. Excellent article. But, never underestimate the nastiness that went on in Congress prior to the current era…

    I’ve never been to Cooperstown, so I don’t know the exact set up. Is it a museum (in which case you have to have “exhibits” for Pete Rose and other major baseball figures) or is it a Hall of Honor? Or both?

    • hojo20 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      You’re not missing much. The museum is tiny and takes 3 hours max to walk through.

      • qcubed3 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Not to mention, almost everything in there is old and used, and some stuff even has writing all over it.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM


  3. natsattack - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    There was a point when congressmen had GUNS lying on their desks.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Yeah, John Boehner WISHES he was Preston “Cane of Fury” Brooks.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    The Hall of What?
    Yaaaaa not interested, the place can go under for all I care, it should be boycotted by every baseball fan

  5. ajbaxter1975 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Soon to be called The National Baseball Hall Of The Merely Adequate

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