I can’t handle the moralizing I am reading about the Hall of Fame vote. Tom Verducci wrote a column that was titled “The Hall of Fame Remains Clean” after the vote. (Note, you will have to Google his name and that title to find it because the title has been changed.) Goose Gossage is out today saying that he won’t visit Cooperstown again if Clemens or Bonds get elected. These are just two examples of the general sentiment that the baseball writers did something noble when they refused to induct anyone into the Hall of Fame this year.

But look at the truth. Gaylord Perry has admitted to cheating for YEARS and he is in the Hall of Fame. Why doesn’t that bother Goose and how can Verducci make the claim that the hall if “clean”? And personally, I would rather share the Hall with someone who cheated than with Ty Cobb and Cap Anson, two of the biggest bigots ever. Yet, they are in the Hall of Fame because they were amazing baseball players.

I’m not saying that I want to see Clemens or Bonds in the hall, but I have a serious problem with keeping them out. Clemens denied using PED’s and went to court to clear his name and won. How can we then judge him as guilty? Bonds is slightly more cut and dry because he actually admitted to using PED’s, but claimed he did so unknowingly. Last I checked, Craig Biggio was never accused of PED use, but his 3,000 hits and other great numbers didn’t get him into the Hall this year. And Mike Piazza has been the subject of plenty of rumors, but there is zero evidence to date that says he used PED’s.

I view this as retribution from the writers for missing out on the biggest baseball story in decades. They were the ones writing the adulatory pieces in the national press while the steroid era raged on. Now they seem like jealous ex-lovers, determined to hurt the ones who made them look foolish.

I’ve said this before in different forums, but the Hall has a choice. Either they simply vote straight up and down on the accomplishments of the players in the last 25 years or they have to separate them from the rest of the Hall someway. Because here’s the thing we all know, even if we don’t want to admit it- anyone who played baseball in the last 25 years could have been clean or they could have been dirty. We simply don’t know and we never will.

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  • blmeanie  On January 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Peter, we’ve debated and discussed how messed up the voting is long before PEDs players started hitting the ballots. I’ve gone full circle a couple of times on the issue at hand and agree with you to “just put them in if their stats deserve it”. Leave the debate over value to the two guys at a bar somewhere, after all, we’ve had those debates for years and years over eras and competition (pre/post color barrier, now international) so just let them in.

    Remove the writers as the driving force. Because the hall isn’t part of MLB they can make their own rules up, right?

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I’m all for getting rid of the writers part in this. You pointed out awhile ago that Greg Maddux should be the first unanimous selection to the Hall. But, we both know he won’t be. There are too many personal agendas with HOF voting, hence the vote this year for Aarron Sele.

      BTW- Pats-Falcons Super Bowl, who are you rooting for?

  • blmeanie  On January 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    don’t jinx it, I’ve hoped long for a RedSox/Braves Series and it never has happened…probably Pats to add some thickening agent to the cement of Brady’s career.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      What thickening does he need? Five Super Bowl appearances, three rings, that’s more than enough for the Hall of Fame.

  • blmeanie  On January 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    redemption for ’07 and ’11 ; two that got away and coulda/shoulda delivered a fourth and possibly a fifth ring

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Unless you guys put together another 18-0 season, there will never be redemption for 2007.

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