It’s the Best Day of the Year

…because after the Hall of Fame ballot is announced today, we’re the longest possible time away from having to deal with this nonsense again next year. It’s like going to the dentist. When you walk out that door, you’re just thrilled to know it’s not coming up again soon.

Honestly, I’m not sure that the BBWAA runs any more smoothly than Congress does, and our elected leaders are an outright mess, no matter which political viewpoint you support. Between narratives about Jack Morris and wins, arguments over who used PEDs and who didn’t, who may have even been in the same zip code as someone who did, and older writers who haven’t watched a game in years still being able to cast their votes, we’re left with gridlock that is more than likely going to leave us without a single inductee for the first time since 1996, despite a ballot that arguably has 10-12 deserving names.

They’ve really taken what should be a fun process contributing to the game’s history and made it a horrid, annoying process. So, thanks for that, BBWAA. Oh, and it’s only going to get more fun over the next few years as guys like Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and others add to an already-overstuffed ballot.

For the record, my ballot would have included these ten names:

Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Kenny LoftonLarry Walker, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens

Yes, Bonds & Clemens. Yes, I think they used. No, I don’t think that’s what made them so great. And to be honest, we have no idea who did or didn’t use, no matter how squeaky-clean you may think a player was. Unless you ignore 25 years of baseball, which is insane, I can’t see leaving off two of the greatest players in history.

I think the only controversial choice among people with my viewpoint would be leaving off Edgar Martinez in favor of Lofton, who has a quietly strong case. That’s not because Martinez was a designated hitter — if we’re electing closers, we can’t very well eliminate a specialist position that has been around even longer — but because he’s a good-yet-not-slam-dunk candidate in my eyes and I worry that the ballot is so stuffed that Lofton won’t even get the 5% needed to keep him around another year.

You can of course quibble with some of those names, and if you feel strongly about excluding Bonds & Clemens, I don’t agree, but I can respect the case. Really, for me it comes down to this: there’s no rational argument you can make to not vote for Piazza, Bagwell, or Raines (who was probably more valuable than Tony Gwynn), and there’s no convincing argument you can make for Morris or Dale Murphy.

Obviously, many voters don’t agree, and it goes beyond a simple difference of opinion; their votes, especially the ones cast by the older generation, are based on flawed reasoning or personal motives. But hey, if that’s not what makes America America, I guess I don’t know what does.

Either way, we’ll know in a few hours, and then we can table this for another year. Can’t wait.

573 comments
happytheman
happytheman

Question: so should Lance Armstrong be able to keep his titles?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

A friend of mine who works in the same industry and has the same amount of experience just moved jobs and now makes 45% more money than me.

 

I need to change jobs.

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

A tough loss for the Indians as Pedro Cerrano doubles off a pigeon and is tagged out while administering CPR before the tying run could score. Funny game ain't it, Monty?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

wonder what the ratio of comments here about the HOf is Vs those about jake's glove

The Monocle
The Monocle

Washing my car before the rain. Smartest dude evar.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

this tweet is the best EVAR!!!1!

 

Drew Silva ‏@drewsilv

Hilarious. pic.twitter.com/2n3KNYJS

 Retweeted by Hardball Talk

 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Excellent article from Jayson Stark:

 

Do we really want to look up, 10 or 20 years from now, and find we've constructed a Hall of Fame that doesn't include:

• The all-time home-run leader (Barry Bonds)?

• The pitcher who won the most Cy Youngs in history (Roger Clemens)?

• The man who broke Roger Maris' storied home-run record (Mark McGwire)?

• The hitter who had more 60-homer seasons than any player ever (Sammy Sosa)?

• The greatest hitting catcher in history (Mike Piazza)?

• One of four hitters with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs (Rafael Palmeiro)?

• And -- aw, what the heck, might as well throw him in there -- the all-time hit king (Peter Edward Rose)?

Let me ask you: What kind of Hall of Fame is that?

 

http://espn.go.com/mlb/hof13/story/_/id/8826383/what-mlb-hall-fame-be

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@happytheman He didn't. But that'd be cuz frogs hate us. HE DEFILED DEH TOUR DU PANTS.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

 @happytheman He was on the moon and was a great Jazz trumpet player. He should be able to do whatever he wants. 

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @IBBFTW man, Lambo...  I remember getting all hot-and-bothered over him.  that takes me back.  Where the hell is he now?  Running a dispensary in Humbodlt?

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@Disgruntled Goat Today in Msti, cats, goats, sparrows, and cartoon characters talk about an inanimate object, and Jake's glove.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @Cat Facts What could they possibly be waiting for?  There's already a ball on the tee.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

On the left side of the plate no less

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@Cat Facts T.v shows. Still on that Anime binge? They have a few shows. Although Spidey Ultimate is decent quality for a 'Merican cartoon.

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@Antonio_G @happytheman AND HE WROTE AMERICAN IDIOT TOO

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @capnsparrow I'd probably stay here, barring a great opportunity.

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@ThtsaPaddlin @Cat Facts The white beard takes some getting used to.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Cat Facts I think the original Twilight Zone is on there too, and that's fantastic.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Cat Facts Always Sunny, Arrested Development, The Office, Todd Margaret. I mostly like the comedies on there

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@Disgruntled Goat @capnsparrow did you see GOAT FAIRIES???

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @capnsparrow  @IBBFTW heh, i've had something like that elixir. it was some type of alcohol and was offered for free by a french bartender, so i kinda had to.