The Hypocrisy of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame

Published: Jan 09, 2014 12:11pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 09, 2014 @ 12:11pm EST


Greg Maddux (97.2 percent), Tom Glavine (91.9%) and Frank Thomas (83.7%), all made the Hall of Fame this year. Craig Biggio missed again by only two votes, but that isn’t in itself the biggest problem.  The fact that Cal Ripken Jr. has gotten a higher percentage of votes than players like; Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, and Babe Ruth is not the issue either. It’s the players who have been left out by purpose are the problem. Players caught using PEDs or have been connected to them have ruined the integrity of Major Leagues Baseball and it's Hall of Fame, and you know what? It’s not their fault.

We could spend all day discussing why a certain player deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I can give you example after example on just how certain voters have ignored certain players for dumb reasons, turning what could be considered the most sacred Hall of Fame into the biggest joke in all of sports. I could give you athlete’s numbers, and compare them to other player’s numbers doing analysis after analysis, but I won’t.  There is no point. If there is one thing Major League Baseball has shown us, the process to elect a player into the Hall of Fame has less credibility and accountability than American Idol’s voting system. The whole thing is a farce, just a song and dance. At least American Idol has the decency to acknowledge it.

I believe that anyone ever caught using PEDs should not be in the HOF, but I do not believe you can keep a player out that has never tested positive or connected to PED use. Simply playing in an “PED era” is not enough to hold against an individual player. That bias should go to the league as a whole. However this is a belief that many do not hold. Most of which are those whom vote on who gets in the Hall of Fame and that is where the farce comes into play.

Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001. Mark McGwire hit 70 in 1998. Neither will ever enter the HOF if the current voters have their way. However, both records are still acknowledged by MLB. Neither has been marked with a notation nor put in a separate category.  If you are not going to acknowledge that those records are tainted, than you cannot omit those players from Hall of Fame consideration. Why, because that makes you a hypocrite.

MLB profited of those home runs. The league was resurrected from the lockout of 1994 and popularity is at an all time high. To try and rectify that blind eye turned towards what was going on back then is foolish. If you want to make amends for that mistake, start by changing the record books. Make the players know that they will not be remembered for anything in the record book other than cheating. Punish those guys of course, but stop punishing those players who didn’t cheat.

Stop punishing guys like; Biggio, Martinez, Raines, Morris and Mattingly, because you want to take stance against the “PED era.” Stop this farce of trying to clean a sport by selling off your vote, turning in a blank ballot, or hiding behind a hidden voting process. If you want the Hall of Fame to have any integrity, put those good and honest players in that proudly represented Major League Baseball. Let’s celebrate their legacy. Otherwise, climb out from behind your rocks so we can see who the cheaters really are. 


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