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SportsDash: Posnanski predicts four, I predict three for the Hall of Fame announcement

Jan 8, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

NBC gives the people what they want: beefcake sportswriters agreeing with each other, more or less, on today’s Hall of Fame announcement:

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  2. stex52 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Hope Joe is right. We’ll know shortly.

  3. snarkk - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The HOF voting is now officially a joke. It is near meaningless. A HOF without Bonds or Clemens, but with Biggio (deserving IMO), is ridiculous on its face. Anybody voted IN now means many of those writers voting for him believe he did NOT use PEDs. But, they don’t KNOW he did NOT use PEDs. Nobody can know, other than the player himself. None of these writers has ESP, so it is only an assumption that Maddux and Glavine and Frank Thomas and anybody else that gets in did NOT use PEDs. Not to mention, many of these “writers” had to know or suspect that from the late ’80s on, guys were PEDsing all over MLB. Yet, they did nothing. Didn’t investigate further, didn’t ask questions, no major articles revealing anything. They aided and abetted the steroid “era”. Now, they’re blackballing “dirty” players. Absolute hypocrisy. A total joke. The HOF itself can and should take the HOF gatekeeping away from the BBWAA, tomorrow…

    • stex52 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Well, it’s been unofficially a joke for years. But for now – and until the HOF does something about it – it’s what we have. And I still hope Biggio gets in.

    • jarathen - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      No worries! Biggio has been kept out by TWO votes!

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Well, Craig, you nailed it.

  5. kevinbnyc - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I kind of hope that Maddux reveals in his induction speech that he used PEDs his entire career and the BBWAA’s collective heads explode.

    • jarathen - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Turns out it was good old-fashioned black tar heroin all along.

  6. ireportyoudecide - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    They should just call it what it is, the Hall of players baseball writers like. Putting Bonds or Maddux in the hall of fame doesn’t make them any more or less of a player. It most definitely is not a shrine of the greatest players of all time anymore.

    • wpjohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      No. It is ther Hall of Fame meaning the greatest who ever played. . It is not the Hall of Good.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        There are many in the HOF who were only good.

        Many who are in don’t deserve to be in.

        The HOF does not just have the greatest who ever played due to having many who were only good in it.

        There are many articles written about players who should not be in the HOF for any who care to look them up.

  7. snarkk - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    So, Maddux, Glavine and Thomas get in. Great to know now that there is official confirmation that they never did any PEDs…

  8. moogro - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Seems like a combination of remedies should be explored: fast-tracking internet writers (and maybe respected others) into eligibility, removing voting from those members that are not following baseball intensely or exclusively, opening up the ballot to more than ten selections, making all ballots public (maybe for the possible removal of silly voters).

  9. braxtonrob - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I’m so glad the mammoth number of ‘3’ got in.

    Now I can reduce my ballot from 17 to ??? … oh, crap … we have new names on the ballot next year, don’t we.

    My ballot is going from 17 to 19?

    We’re going in the WRONG direction here, people!

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