Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hall of Fame voting needs no tuning




     1936 was the first year Baseball Hall of Fame elected class

       The Baseball Writers Association of America recently voted on their picks for the induction into the Hall of Fame for 2010. It was a controversial result as the writers only elected one player to the Hall, when several looked like they may make it into the baseball hall this year. It’s strange that despite all of it’s failings on the election process, it actually seems to work. Everyone nominated to the Hall of Fame will not make it in. It couldn’t be that way, to let just anyone in because it would not be an award that is held with such great esteem.

                The process of election into the Hall of Fame is long and arduous for many players, these writers that elect the players often have a terrible time of choosing who should be in and who shouldn’t. The truth comes out when the elections are announced. Several years, there is more than two players who get in, then others like this year in 2010 when there is only one. Andre’s wait was 9 years.

                 When a player’s choice isn’t as obvious to get into the Hall, the writers have to deal with several factors. Some players just teeter on the edge of the Hall qualifications. Some are less obvious to get an easy election and for one reason or another, some that look obvious aren’t elected very quickly at all. A first ballot Hall of Famer is usually reserved for a true ‘superstar’ or one who dominated the sport.


                Roberto Alomar was a player who accumulated a lot of awards. HIs batting wasn’t necessarily Hall of Fame material though. Should he be in the Hall? He spent 17 seasons in the majors and was very good at what he did. Will he get in? Probably yes, he has 14 more years of eligibility. Should he been elected on the first try? I am not so sure of this. He wasn’t a player who totally dominated the sport in a way that should be recognized by a first ballot Hall of Famer should have.


                Let’s leave this to the guys and gals who really cover this sport inside and out. Yes, it isn’t perfect. There could be a million other ways to elect players to the Hall of Fame, but it’s worked well for this long and it should continue in this manner. The Hall is a sacred ground, not a place for the ‘popular vote’ by armchair reviewers of the sport.                

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