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Hall of Fame weekend “kind of sad”, “not as much excitement”

Jul 27, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

No, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer

The Baseball Writers Association of America opted not to elect any new living members to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1965. Scott Miller of CBS Sports asked some living legends about the atmosphere in Cooperstown, New York, and the sentiment wasn’t very positive.

“This year, it’s kind of sad,” former Cardinals great Bob Gibson said.

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“There’s not as much excitement on Main Street as there usually is, and there are fewer guys,” Reds infield legend Joe Morgan said. “There’s usually 40 to 50, and I heard there’s 34. So obviously, that’s a little different.

“But it’s still the Hall of Fame, know what I mean?”

When balloting was completed in January, first-timers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and others fell short of the 75 percent requirement. Biggio came closest with 68.2 percent of the vote. Jack Morris, in his 14th year on the ballot, received 67.7 percent and will have one more shot at getting in next year.

Major League Baseball seems to enjoy shooting itself in the foot over the performance-enhancing drugs issue. By allowing the BBWAA to make a moral stand against PED users, known or suspected, they effectively kill interest in the Hall of Fame. What reason do fans have to visit the Hall of Fame, or watch the induction ceremony? By suspending Ryan Braun for the rest of the season, what reason do Brewers fans have to keep up with the team over the final two months? MLB is its worst enemy, even when they outsource outrage to the BBWAA.

Eventually, the process will need to be amended to get a more diverse set of opinions and to ensure that at least one new member is inducted every year, lest we have a second consecutive year of… well, nothing. The 2014 ballot will feature a handful of shoo-ins, including Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Mike Mussina.

  1. vicvega422 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I don’t know what qualifies you as a baseball blogger, butyou really are an imbecile. They should just allow cheaters just because… What an ass… It would be an insult to the men that are truly deserving of the honor. I suppose you can get a job on ESPN since they bury their head in the sand over this too.

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    • alang3131982 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      you are aware that there are cheaters already in the hall of fame, right?

  2. ctony1216 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    What’s really sad is that guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens never needed steroids and they took them anyway. That’s what’s sad.

    • sfsugator - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      They were just as good before they used them as after, every good player during the 90’s and 2000’s used to get an even playing field. Guess what bonds was better after and is the all time home run king but baseball is tarnished for wanting to wipe out almost 2 decades of baseball because selig all of the sudden has a problem with the juice when he had his backed turned because his ratings for baseball were at a all time high. Baseball is a joke an i forbid to watch that trash until they let in my child hood heros. Baseball traditionalist need to wake up an let these dudes in.

      • whothephuckru - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Really, I don’t remember Bonds, Maguire or Sosa hitting 70 something homeruns before they got into the heavy usage. i don’t remember them hitting 60.

    • whothephuckru - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Yep, they both would have been shoo-ins. Maguire and Sosa quite possibly not.

    • chiefagc5675 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      I don’t know about Clemons but Bonds did need steroids to hit the number of homers he hit.
      He didn’t get that body in the gym.

      • itauditbill - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        I think I know what you mean he didn’t get it in the gym without help from steroids. Cuz we all know he spent serious time in the gym as that is what steroids allow you to do, workout harder than people normally can. Taking steroids by them selves don’t give you more strenght or there would be a huge number of asthmatic superheroes out there.

        I think we can all agree that there aren’t any clean sports. These folks all have an intense desire to win and win now often regardless of the cost. We shouldn’t be surprised that they are using performance enhancing drugs.

  3. wpjohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Hall already has far too many mediocre members. I, being in the minority although far better informed, find the exclusion of cheaters and borderline players encouraging. Next year’s ballot will have some true H of F achieving players like Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas. They should easily get in possibly along with Biggio and the three managers. Hopefully, that will be enough to keep duds like Morris out.

  4. thegloriousone - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Technically, I guess you can compare Mussina to Feller, but it’s important to remember that Feller lost 4 years in the dead center of his prime to WW2.

    Based on his averages, Feller would have won another 80 to 100 games, and he would have crushed Mussina in strike outs had he played those seasons.

    He also had a better ERA and threw 3 no hitters. Mussina threw four one hitters, but then again, Feller threw 11.

    I don’t think anyone seriously considers Mussina to be Feller’s equal, but I would have no issue with him making the Hall.

    • whothephuckru - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      You’re assuming 80-100 wins over 4 years. That’s pretty optimistic.

  5. yourcubreporter - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Piece of cake in removing PEDs from the game: take away the incentive. 50 or 100 game bans don’t seem to deter anybody. The PEDs are still YEARS ahead of the testing and always will be.

    Here’s what you do:

    1) Tear up your current contract, and
    2) Replace it with 1 year contract at league minimum
    3) Player receives lifetime ban from Hall of Fame, even if he goes as a paying customer
    4) Player removed from consideration for awards for 5 years: MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Cy Young, etc.

    If the MLBPA is serious about cleaning up the game, they will sign off. See who plays for “love of the game” after they get popped.

    Just turn on the lights, and the cockroaches will scurry.

  6. philliephaninva - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    This does not surprise me at all. The use of PED’s in baseball has become a very divisive topic amongst fans and writers alike.

  7. nofunleague - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    MLB Hall of Fame has gotten as weak as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or the All Star game. All mean nothing now but popularity. and because cheaters were elected previously doesn’t mean the trend has to continue. Pete Rose signed a document agreeing to a lifetime ban. I guess he didn’t know what lifetime means. There was no parole clause. Enjoy the game if you still do, and leave it at that.

  8. whothephuckru - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Maybe the HOF just needs to build another wing and call it the steroid wing. Players they aren’t sure about can go in the hallway in between.

  9. daheadlee - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I’d like to see attendance figures for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In my opinion, that’s the only way to tell if interest is dying.

  10. tork006 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    It’s the Hall of Fame,…….not the Hall of Shame. Keep the PED users out!!!

  11. bostonbob61 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    ‘MLB is its worst enemy’?!?

    How about the cheating fools that think their steroid fueled stats are going to propel them in the HOF?

    I understand that there are some cheaters already in the Hall but that’s not an excuse to let the obvious cheats in.

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