A sad day for the Hall of Fame

January 9, 2013 1 Comment

I mark Wednesday, January 9, 2013 as the day I officially quit caring about the Baseball Hall of Fame.

First, let me clarify something. I have always treated the Baseball Hall of Fame like … well, heaven. Have I placed too much emphasis on a player reaching his or hall of greatness? Probably. So, that’s my fault.

But any Hall of Fame is more than just a building as many of us will never venture to the actual building. In fact, I have been to two Halls of Fame — The Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City (I call it a Hall of Fame, shut up) and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The building is a neat addition to simple being recognized as a “Hall of Famer.”

National Baseball Hall of Fame

When this year’s ballot was released today and the news that nobody will be elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, my first reaction was to deny the fact the idiots didn’t vote for some of the all-time greats. Then I got really mad. Minutes later I tried bargaining my way out by saying if they just let one in then the rest can stay out. I kind of got depressed for a bit. Finally, I just said, “Screw it! I’m done with the Hall of Fame!”

(Huh, that was an odd sequence of grieving. Anyway…)

Performance-enhancing drugs was, still is, and will forever be, a problem in sports. That’s the no-brainer in the story. But, for the BBWAA to act as the moral police as if it’s their job to keep the sport of baseball clean from all its negatives is a joke.

I always go back to Tris Speaker and Cap Anson (members of the Ku Klux Klan), Fergie Jenkins (busted by customs with a drug “collection”), and many reported players in the 70s and 80s that took stimulants. Some of the examples are personal, some are flat-out illegal, while another is performance-based. But they were granted entrance into the Hall of Fame by their play on the field.

If the BBWAA wants to take a stance, all it has to do is make a blanket statement. Come out with a release that states that “any player admitted to, presumed to use, linked to, or looked at any type of performance-enhancing drug shall not be placed on the ballot for admission into our shrine to what baseball used to be … when we liked it more and it was the most popular sport in the world … besides boxing, but that sport is crap now anyway and we’re not worried about it.”

There, it’s solved.

And I needed to make this stand a long time ago. I mean a voter seriously put Aaron Sele on his or her ballot. Seeya!

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The host of the only morning sports talk show in the Tri-states, Josh Houchins has been with WGEM since the Fall of 2006 and full-time host of WGEM SportsCenter shortly after. WGEM SportsCenter is dedicated in bringing local, regional, and national topics to a local audience from 7-9 on weekday mornings. * ESPN 1440 AM (also available w/ Android and iPhone app by searching WGEM ESPN 1440) * WGEM.com/sports

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  1. Jeff says:

    The Hall of Fame is doing everything possible to continue the decline in popularity of baseball. I feel sad.

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