Articles matching tag: Hall of Fame
- Column: Clemens & Bonds Still Outside Looking InFebruary 1, 2018
Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year but in their sixth year of eligibility, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will not be among the inductees on July 29. Clemens is without doubt the greatest pitcher of his generation, perhaps of all time. Ditto for Bonds as a hitter. Yet neither player was able to garner 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the minimum required for election to the Hall. Their totals this year – 57.3 percent for Clemens, 56.4 for Bonds – represent only a slight increase from last year’s numbers. With only four years of eligibility remaining, they are still a long way from enshrinement in Cooperstown.
- Column: Hall of Fame Voting Falls ShortJanuary 26, 2017
The highly anticipated and always controversial voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is in the books for another year. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) elected three players – Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez – for enshrinement in the Hall’s plaque room. But it’s who wasn’t elected that drew the most attention. Barry Bonds, the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably the third greatest hitter of all time behind only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, remains on the outside looking in. Ditto for Roger Clemens, winner of seven Cy Young awards and perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time. While both men increased their vote total substantially in their fifth year on the ballot, they still fell 20 points shy of the 75% required for election to the Hall. With five years remaining on the ballot, unless the Hall’s Board of Directors or MLB change the rules of eligibility to exclude them, it is expected that both players will take their rightful place among the all-time greats in Cooperstown.
- Column: Pete Rose's Fantasies Are OverDecember 24, 2015
Pete Rose’s quest for reinstatement by Major League Baseball is finally, mercifully, over. On December 14, in a decision as clear and emphatic as it was transparent, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred denied Rose’s application for removal from baseball’s permanently ineligible list. While not everyone agreed with Manfred’s decision, even Rose admitted that he couldn’t disagree with the Commissioner’s reasoning. Rose has been lying about his gambling habits throughout his 26-year exile from baseball after being banished from the game by then Commissioner Bart Giamatti. And true to form, he lied on his application for reinstatement and again during his face-to-face meeting with Manfred in September. Old habits die hard.
- Column: Pete Rose Still Belongs in HallJuly 6, 2015
Here we are again, discussing Pete Rose. Does he deserve to be reinstated to Major League Baseball? Should he be eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame? It seems to be a discussion without end, yet it shouldn’t be. It’s not that complicated. In 1989, as part of a plea agreement with then MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, Rose agreed to permanently be placed on baseball’s ineligible list. In return, MLB suspended its investigation into Rose’s gambling activities. The agreement came after John Dowd, a former federal prosecutor turned investigator, submitted a report confirming allegations that Rose had bet on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to exclude anyone who was permanently ineligible from appearing on a Hall ballot. While that decision covered a number of former ballplayers, it was clearly directed at Rose who was about to appear on the ballot for the first time.
- Column: Hall of Fame Voting Should be RevisedDecember 15, 2014
It’s the time of year when 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America – some 600 at last count - elect former players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ballots are due by December 27 and the results will be announced on January 6. Unfortunately, the Hall’s rules limit the number of worthy candidates that get elected every year. The voting rules are both simple and complex. Candidates must receive 75% of the votes cast to gain election. Beginning this year, players will remain on the ballot for ten years, down from fifteen in prior years. However, any player receiving less than 5% of the vote falls off the ballot. Players who aren’t elected by the baseball writers may be considered by the 16-member veterans committee. Writers are allowed to vote for a maximum of ten candidates. That’s the simple part.
- Column: Pete Rose Is Lying - Once AgainMarch 17, 2014
In a new biography titled: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, author Kostya Kennedy and Rose make the case that gambling on baseball is less of a crime than the use of PEDs. They’re wrong. Gambling is the number one crime in baseball. It has been since the Black Sox scandal in 1919 when eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. All eight were banned from baseball for life, despite being acquitted in a court of law. Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis knew that gambling by anyone associated with baseball could erode faith in the integrity of the game, something that the sport – any sport - could not abide. Absent the element of competition – where fans know every player is trying his or her best to win – sport is reduced to mere entertainment, nothing more than a movie, professional wrestling or Chris Berman yukking it up on SportsCenter.
- Column: H of F Whiffs on Miller - AgainDecember 16, 2013
For the sixth time in the last 10 years the late Marvin Miller, founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), failed to garner sufficient votes for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The lack of support for Miller – he received no more than six votes from the 16 members of the Veterans Committee – came as a surprise to many observers. The last time he was on the ballot, in 2010, Miller received 11 votes, one less than the number necessary for election. Why Miller’s vote total fell by half in this year’s election is known only to the electorate. What we can be certain of is the voters embarrassed themselves and the H of F.