The Baseball Hall of Fame Has Already Been Tarnished By the Voters Themselves
The biggest news in baseball this week is no news at all.
In what might've been the strongest class of Hall of Fame candidates in modern history, voters elected no one to Cooperstown.
It was more than bizarre. Sure-fire Hall of Famers like Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio were punished by voters for... what, exactly?
The Baseball Writers Association of America decided to make themselves the story rather than stay in their lane and do their jobs, and it's a damn shame.
Character clause? Get over yourself. There hasn't been a character clause in the Hall of Fame since day 1. Selectively enforcing it now is just petty.
The truth is, the Hall of Fame has already been tarnished by these smug, holier-than-thou baseball writers who think they're more important than the players.
For every card-carrying member of the antique BBWAA, there are a plethora of non-BBWAA baseball writers who could do their jobs without missing a beat.
The BBWAA is a joke. Except there's no punchline and nobody's laughing.
Greatness is subjective, as baseball fans would undoubtedly tell you.
Maybe alleged PED users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will always have the stigma of steroids attached to them.
But let's stop pretending that these guys weren't among the baseball greats. Every era of baseball has had their share of cheaters, for better or for worse.
Whether it's scuffing baseballs, corking bats, taking amphetamines or injecting steroids, you'd be naïve to think that your father's favorite player did it "the right way."
I don't know if Mike Piazza used performance enhancers. Frankly, I don't care. I just know it's a joke that he's not a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
It's ludicrous that the same BBWAA voters who made their living extolling the virtues of Clemens, Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are now the morality police.
Those same writers showered these alleged PED users with MVP awards, Cy Young awards, all the accolades they could possibly think of. What makes the Hall different?
Oh, that's right. There's something "sacred" about being enshrined in Cooperstown. So those same writers are now lawyers, judges, juries and executioners.
Give me a break.
Some of these voters would rather bask in the aroma of their own farts and hand in blank ballots just to sabotage the candidates and the voters who actually give a damn.
Maybe they should have two separate wings of the BBWAA. Those who actually take their positions of power seriously, and those who are just trolling for attention.
These weaselly, pompous blowhards have already tainted the Hall of Fame more than PEDs ever could. That's the stone cold truth.
I won't name names, though some voters made their votes public.
It's a shame, though. An entire class, tarnished by the small percentage of corrupt.
I guess we'll just have to treat every voter like the voters treated every candidate this year: all guilty without due process, thanks to the transgressions of a select few.