Wednesday, January 08, 2014

25.2% of Baseball Hall of Fame Voters Are Morons

Craig Biggio NOT Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Biggio got 68.2 percent in 2013, falling just short of the 75 percent needed to make the Hall, but only got 74.8 percent (are you kidding?).

5 comments:

Deb said...

I've always felt there should be objective standards for the Hall of Fame. Win 300 games? You're in. Career .350 Batting Average? You're in. Hold or broke an important record? You're in. Sure, that means Bonds and Rose would have to be in--but right now the system is broken.

Anonymous said...

Biggio isn't the first person (I think that was Nellie Fox) to come that close, but at least it's only his second year of eligibility and he should get in next time.

I prefer Bill James's standard, by which (for instance) he looks at pitchers and sees that no pitcher with more than 283 wins (Jim Kaat; Tommy John had 288) is NOT in the Hall of Fame. Yet few argued when Don Drysdale (209 wins) was elected. But then he pitched fr a glamor team his whole career, among other reasons.

I agree with Deb - the system is broken. Also, the voting writers are so conscious of steroid and other "cheats" now that they run away from anyone who might have issues while possibly over-embracing anyone who is considered squeaky clean.

Of course, by that standard Biggo should have been elected....


Jeff

Bill Crider said...

Definitely broken. Some writers sent in blank ballots. How stupid is that?

Deb said...

I didn't mean that players should only be able to get into the HoF if they reached specific benchmarks--there should always be room for subjectivity--but that EVERY player who meets those benchmarks should be in without bothering with votes. As I recall, Biggio had 3000 hits and, by the "benchmark" standard, should definitely be in the HoF.

/If I ruled the world...

Bill Crider said...

I got your meaning, Deb. And Biggio should be in by just about any standard. There was a lot more to him than the 3000 hits. But some of the writers who vote are morons. That's the politest word I can think of.