By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
The off-season is a time when hires are made and potential rosters start to take shape. It’s a season of hope and often what happens behind the scenes is just as important as the changes we’ll be seeing on the field.
Today, Holly and Kurt address this week’s biggest event – the annual Hall of Fame elections. A process that is often more notable for its controversies than the actual election itself.
We’ve got 5 questions. Our 2 bloggers have just 2 sentences each to state their opinions. As always, their answers aren’t shared until publication. Let’s see what they have to say….
How do you feel about the process?
Personally, I hate it because there is no set standard of evaluation and everyone eligible to vote applies their own interpretations instead of having a clear set of rules available for them to use. Some of these same writers are saying that some PED users are worthy but others aren’t and it’s OK for one player guilty of domestic abuse to get in but not for another player who committed the same act.
I don’t like it because the writers who vote on this are all over the map about how they view things. Writers who have a particular bone to pick with a player will weigh the negatives far more than the positives.
Do you believe the current voting process is working or not?
When you’ve got more and more writers, especially the very top journalists, declining to exercise their voting right, it says that there is something seriously wrong. When you read that a number of the most high-profile journalists who are still voting say that they “were sick to their stomachs” or “wanted to throw up”, it’s a clear sign that this voting procedure no longer works at all.
No, it’s not and what is maddening is how, in many ways, the emphasis on judging great baseball players gets pushed to the back burner. And when that happens, things start to get ugly and writers themselves lose patience with the process.
Should the BBWAA continue to be the voting force?
Would you want someone from outside your industry, who has never worked at what you do, have the ability to evaluate you for your industry’s highest honor? Of course not, which is why those who managed and played with you are the best judges of talent and should be the ones doing it.
I read an interesting article from the Washington Post that said, in a nutshell, writers should be writing about history, not dictating it, and I couldn’t agree more. Hall of Fame members themselves should be given a say in who joins them (not unlike the Veteran’s Committee), but the rules would still need revisions in order to negate voting for preferred types of players and people.
Are you surprised about the most recent results in which no member got in?
Not really because a number of analysts predicted these results. Everyone pulling the most votes historically has some serious baggage and the PED users have been stalled in the number of votes they were getting year after year.
I have no reason to be surprised but still don’t understand why they would have years where no one gets in. Hall of Fame voting rules are so jacked up that during times when they can award and showcase great players of their history, they shove themselves into a corner and award no one instead; great for fans, right?
What was encouraging or upsetting about this latest vote?
On one hand, I detest the cancel culture directed at Curt Schilling because of reprehensible comments he’s been making a full decade after retiring from the game, which attempts to punish free speech. On the other hand, there remains the same majority of voters who steadfastly refuse to admit players who most assuredly took PEDs to enhance performance.
I am not encouraged at all about what has transpired this year. Yes, Curt Schilling is a volatile person when it comes to his political views but I refuse to concentrate on something that distracts from a player’s career accomplishments which should be considered more than anything else.
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