You've all seen the results already. It does bother me that the baseball writers, who, at best, turned a blind eye to the use of PEDs, now are self-righteous enough to think that any one that played in that era should be punished. The writers knew what has happening, and, really, were accomplices in the whole thing. It must be hard for them to look at themselves in the mirror.
Anyway, here is how they voted, the one's with an x won't be on the ballot next year.
Oh well, at least they didn't put Jack Morris in. The Players Association wasn't thrilled, here is a statement from their Executive Director Michael Weiner:
"Today’s news that those members of the BBWAA afforded the privilege of casting ballots failed to elect even a single player to the Hall of Fame is unfortunate, if not sad. Those empowered to help the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum document the history of the game failed to recognize the contributions of several Hall of Fame worthy players. To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, for example, is hard to justify. Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings -- and others never even implicated -- is simply unfair. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be for the best players to have ever played the game. Several such players were denied access to the Hall today. Hopefully this will be rectified by future voting."
The trouble is that I don't know if there is any way of voting people into the Hall that would get a decent result. Listening to players that are in the Hall, they wouldn't have done a better job. And the writers wouldn't give it up. I kind of like the idea of a handful of experts making the picks. Rob Neyer, Keith Law, Bill James, etc. but again, the writers would never go along with it. Maybe those guys should get together and do an alternative Hall of Fame.
I really would have liked to see Tim Raines get in. Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza...they should have been easy. If you really have to make a point with Bonds and Clemens, why tar those other guys too. Makes me curious about how Greg Maddux will do next year.