WhewThe shutout was thankfully avoided.
There won’t be a cry that the Hall Of Fame election is broken.
The Embarrassment at the Baseball Writers’ Association Of America Efficacy will be reduced.
Third Baseman Scott Rolen The newest Hall Of Famer On TuesdayThe 75% percentage was surpassed by just five votes at 76.3%. This is the largest climb in history. Hall Of Fame history.
Rolen His first year on the ballot, he received 10% and his second year 17% of the vote. But he had a remarkable turnaround in the four years that followed, surpassing all expectations. Duke Snider’s record Of reaching the Hall of Fame Only 17% of his first season.
Rolen He is the ninth baseman elected into this club. Cooperstown by the writers and just the second to debut in the past 40 years, joining Chipper Jones.
But Nevertheless, it is the second consecutive year that the BBWAA has elected one player. David Ortiz Entering Cooperstown last summer. Rolen Will join Fred McGriff on the stage July 23McGriff’s vote was unanimously voted for by all 16 members. Contemporary Era Committee In December.
Colorado Rockies First baseman Todd Helton 11 votes (72.2%) were not enough to make up the difference. Closer Billy Wagner (68.1) was the other candidate to achieve at least 60% with outfielders Andruw Jones (58.1) Gary Sheffield (55) Also, 50% is eclipsing.
SoAre we being too hard? Maybe Are you even crazy?
We We were dangerously close at our second shutout after three years and the first since 2013.
Pitching shutouts are a rare and wonderful accomplishment in today’s game, but it can be ugly for our Hall Of Fame voting.
Really, when you look at this ballot, it’s filled with borderline candidates. There There were no obvious omissions. There There was no Ken Griffey Jr. No Derek Jeter. No Mariano Rivera.
The greatest player on the ballot who wasn’t suspended for steroid use – automatically eliminating Alex Rodriguez And Manny Ramirez – may be Sheffield.
Among the most feared sluggers of his era with 509 homers and a batting title, Sheffield The same resistance is encountered as Barry Bonds And Roger Clemens with their links to performance-enhancing drugs. Sheffield never tested positive but admitted to unknowingly using an illegal testosterone-based cream in 2002 during workouts with Bonds.
And there certainly are other flaws with everyone else on the ballot that held up their election.
Helton He spent his entire career at the launching platform of Coors FieldWhile he played 17 years at the mile-high elevation, he hit only 369 home runs as first baseman. He also had just 142 homers. In McGriff’s 493 total homers and 252 road runs were comparable. Can Imagine how many homers McGriff would hit while playing at Coors Field?
Wagner He had remarkable strikeout statistics, but he didn’t lead the league in saves. His 10.03 ERA was only three-years old and he made just three saves in the postseason.
Carlos Beltran is one of the best switch-hitters of all time, but he was on that 2017 Houston Astros The cheating scandal also implicated the team, and he was punished.
Jeff KentThe greatest power-hitting second baseman of all time, with 377 home runs, and a.509 average slugging percentage, was only once in the top 10.
Andruw Jones A 10-times winner Gold Glove Winner, five-time All-Star In his 11 years of with Atlanta But he had a shocking drop-off in his career’s last five years.
The The trending players in their vote totals, all except for Kent – whose 10-year window has closed – will be in the Hall Of FameApart from Sheffield.
Just Not in the summer 2023.
It In 2024, it could be a very crowded stage Helton And Wagner Potentially joining newcomer Adrian Beltre.
Seattle Mariners Wonderful Ichiro SuzukiCC, pitcher CC, and CC should all be unanimous Sabathia First-ballot Hall Of Famers In 2025.
So, let’s stop the noise that the Hall Of Fame The voting system is either broken or very defective. The voting results Of the past three years reveal just how high the writers’ standards are for Hall of Fame admittance.
The Doors to the Baseball Hall Of Fame Are the most difficult among the four major sport. It This list includes only the greatest baseball players ever to have ever played.
Should It became the Hall You can find the Very Good?
Are Are the BBWAA standards too high
The Average ballot contained 5.86 names this year, down from 7.11 last year. There 13.9% of voters voted to have the maximum 10 players. This was a significant drop from the 33.8% that occurred a year earlier.
This is a sacred place for baseball, but does it make sense to walk through the museum And not see the all-time home run king (Bonds), or one Of the most dominant pitchers (Clemens) in history, baseball’s all-time hits king (Pete Rose), much less perennial All-Stars and Gold Glove winners?
The Baseball Hall of Fame I would be delighted to meet more inductees. The Continue reading Hall Of FamersThe better for business, the more. You don’t think the folks in Cooperstown We are salivating at the 2025 class Ichiro’s induction should bring in a record crowd, easily eclipsing 100,000 fans to the induction ceremony?
This doesn’t mean that every eligible baseball writer should start checking off the maximum 10 names, or that the voters who send in blank ballots should make sure they include at least one nominee. But Perhaps we should all recognize that not all third basemen have to have numbers like Mike Schmidt Oder George BrettIt is not necessary that every first baseman produce the same. Lou GehrigNot every center fielder needs to be Willie Mays Oder Mickey Mantle.
The Hall Of Fame is an institutiOn, and the induction ceremony is the most fabulous weekend – but the next time we vote, maybe we can overlook a few flaws.
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