Should Mike Piazza — Or Anyone — Be Voted Into Hall of Fame?
Three years ago, I posted an article that generated 117 comments – Mike Piazza and the Steroid Issue. I’d rather not re-open that specific can of worms, but encourage you to re-visit the post (as well as the comments).
Rather, I’d like to bring up the topic of “The Steroid Era” in MLB as it pertains to Baseball Hall of Fame voting.
Today, little — if anything — has changed in terms of knowing who cheated or didn’t cheat. Due to that, I found it glorious that the BBWAA did not vote in a single person to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. As far as I’m concerned, the doors should be shut to inducting individuals as “Hall of Famers.” There are other ways that the game can be celebrated and remembered — including many ways that have yet to be included in the Cooperstown museum.
When the BBWAA didn’t vote anyone into the Hall of Fame in 2013, it was making a stand. The writers were stating that they didn’t know who cheated and who didn’t, and since they couldn’t tell, no one would be elected.
Now, though, there is growing confidence that Greg Maddux will not only be elected, but that he’ll eclipse former Met Tom Seaver‘s record of 98.84% of the vote and be the first unanimous selection in the history of the voting (how several people didn’t vote for Willie Mays is beyond comprehension, but I digress). Did something change in the last 12 months? Did baseball writers suddenly gain access to retroactive PEDs tests that made the situation more clear?
I’m not suggesting that Greg Maddux took PEDs. Rather, I’m wondering how in the world anyone can decide that Maddux didn’t, while also deciding that many of his peers did. Any writer who votes for Maddux (or Tom Glavine, or Frank Thomas, for that matter) must also vote for Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens, and has to seriously consider Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa, among others. Because either you ignore the PEDs and vote for everyone you deem worthy, or consider that PEDs were part of the game, believe it was cheating, acknowledge there’s no way of knowing who did what, and vote for no one. The “eye test” isn’t enough to judge; if you disagree then you don’t remember the first MLBer ever suspended for steroid use — the 5’10, 180-lb. Alex Sanchez (not to mention, Ryan Franklin, Juan Rincon, Guillermo Mota, Clay Hensley, and similar sand-kicking “muscleheads”).
What’s your thought? Should players continue to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? If so, should electees include those from the “steroid era”? Do you even care about Hall of Fame inductees any more? Sound off in the comments.
Item of the Day
This isn’t necessarily a “Mets” item of the day. Occasionally, I’m going to suggest items that I actually purchased from Amazon, and recommend, rather than just Mets-related products. And if there’s a way I can tie in the item with the post, even better. That said, I’m suggesting this can opener — it will help open a can of worms like this discussion, and any other can, for that matter. Simple gadget, I know, but often, simple is better.
Several months ago I moved to a new apartment (due to a situation similar to the plights that removed Felix Unger and Oscar Madison from their places of residence), and brought with me a really bad, cheap can opener. Too bad it wasn’t a vacuum, because it truly sucked. I’m not one for electric openers (old-school all the way, even away from the blog) so I went on Amazon and saw that this solid-looking, manual can opener from EZ-DUZ-IT. I know, cheesy name. I chose it because it had great reviews, was made in the USA, it’s made by the same people who used to make the tried-and-true “Swing Away” model of yesteryear (those are now made in China), was eligible for free shipping (on orders over $35), and was under ten bucks. I’ve had it for two months now and recommend it highly to anyone in the market for a manual can opener. It executes as advertised, and opens cans quickly, cleanly, and with little effort. Buy one today by following this link: EZ-DUZ-IT Deluxe Can Opener with Black Grips or clicking on the image below.