The voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame are idiots.
I've honestly got no other explanation to explain how one year a guy is only worthy of X amount of votes and the next year he's jumped up 50%; he's been retired AT LEAST 5 years so he didn't hit any more HR's or win any more games or drive in any more runs. Just one year he's not worthy and the next year he is.
Case in point? Bert Flipping Blyleven. 287 wins, 60 shutouts, and 3,701 K's. And he hasn't pitched in YEARS. Last year? He got 338 votes; this year? 400. All of a sudden 62 more writers all of a sudden view him as Hall worthy? And why are writers the only ones with a voice? What about former and current players/managers/executives? Television and radio announcers for each team? For all we know the dude in Seattle with a vote hasn't seen a game not involving the Mariners since Ford was President, yet his vote counts more than Ichiro's or Griffey's?
Today it was announced Andre Dawson, former Expo, Cub, Red Sox, and Marlin finally got in. On his NINTH try. This process may be more idiotic than the BCS in college football.
To rest my case? Roberto Alomar didn't make it on his first try this year. Andre Dawson makes it after NINE tries and Alomar doesn't? Look, I realize he spit on an umpire and I also realize that was a pretty crappy thing to do. But do these dinks realize Ty Cobb is in the Hall? All HE did was go into the stands and beat up a heckler who DIDN'T HAVE ANY ARMS AT THE TIME!
Sorry, but the following stats, courtesy of ESPN.com, let anyone with half a brain know that Alomar belongs in Cooperstown.
"A 12-time All-Star second baseman, Alomar led Toronto to consecutive World Series titles in 1992-93. He finished with a .300 career batting average, 2,724 hits, 210 homers, 474 steals and 10 Gold Gloves."
Sure, he'll get in next year or the year after or the year after that. And if there is any justice Blyleven will get in as well. But the fact that decision is made by some writer sitting in a cubicle God knows where is what chaps my rear end. Let the BASEBALL people make the call and leave the writing to the writers.
Just my two cents.
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