09 / January
09 / January
That's Why It's Called the Hall of Fame

The Baseball Writers of America refused to elect anybody to Cooperstown this year. The exclusions included (Can I say that?) Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. The former two players would have been first ballot Hall of Famers had they never taken any performance enhancing drugs, so their exclusion serves as a cautionary tale for any players thinking about chemically enhancing their bodies. It's not called the Hall of Infamy, I guess. It's also not called the Hall of Very Good. So Keith Hernandez and Dwight Evans can visit Cooperstown but they can't stay. Two snubs I would like to see rectified are Jack Morris and Dale Murphy. The former helped pitch three franchises, including two that had never won before, to World Series victories. The latter won back-to-back MVPs but had the misfortune of playing in a small media-market with the media acting small toward him. That said, better a Hall of Fame that excludes a few worthy candidates than one that lets in every Oscar Gamble, Steve Garvey, and Dave Kingman that comes along. They belong in the Hall of Very Good.

posted at 04:18 PM
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For this reason alone, this man belongs in the hall. "They don't think it be like it is, but it do." Oscar Gamble said this, some years ago. A hall of fame quote if there ever was one. Which hall of fame though, is anyone's guess.

Posted by: Daniel(no, not that Daniel) on January 9, 2013 05:29 PM

Ego drove these guys to do PED's; ego drives them to the Hall.

Who gives a fat rat's ass. The only important thing is the game and its preservation.

Posted by: asdf on January 9, 2013 09:12 PM
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