Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Revamping the Hall of Fame

Former Giant John D'Acquisto, who's managed to get a doctorate since he retired three decades ago, asserts for Instream Sports that the players rather than sportswriters should be the ones making the decision on Hall of Famers. I think he's got a good idea, if only because dingbats like Mike Lupica are turning the Hall into a morality measure.

D'Acquisto doesn't mention those accused of using performance enhancers. Seeing as how sportswriters are declaring that they won't vote for a wide variety of players, perhaps former players could make a better judgment. What kind of Hall of Fame is it going to be without Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?

John Perricone at Only Baseball Matters has a good post about the lack of common sense in the Hall of Fame voting. He also wrote this after the feds got humiliated by the Clemens jury -- 

Now Clemens doesn’t even have to deal with that kind of BS, he only has to deal with the baseball Hall of Fame writers who have decided that they have to save the children, so they’re already writing how they aren’t gonna let him in anyway, regardless of what the jury of his peers thought. They know better, apparently. They know he cheated, even though he didn’t. Even though they say everyone was doing it, and baseball was pretending it wasn’t a problem, they have decided that these guys, the ones who beat all their heroes, are gonna pay.
Again, if the powers that be in baseball don’t care about the BBWAA abusing it’s privilege, then why should we? If Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and countless other all-time great players are going to be black-balled, then what kind of Hall do you have? I’ll tell you, you have one that will be increasingly marginalized. You’ll have a Hall that will be missing an entire era of stars. And you’ll have a Hall that will be missing it’s fans.


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