So, I’ve been sitting on this draft for a while now. I initially was really bothered by these ridiculous decisions. The start of the MLB season seems a good time to revisit, give my ‘expert’ analysis, and post.
There has been a lot of talk the last twenty-four hours (January 26, 2021) in regards to this years non-induction “ceremony”. Who got it stuck to?… names like Clemens, Bonds, Schilling, Sosa, Pettitte, Manny… Joined the Company of McGuire, Pete Rose..
What does my opinion mean and what qualifies me to cast judgement on the situation? I played little league baseball on the west-side of Binghamton, played as a middle-schooler, and at the varsity level. I spent many of those years pretending I was some of these major leaguers… Hall of Famer or not. I was hitting the grand slams and striking out the side in most of the World Series I had seen, and some that I hadn’t! I think this might qualify for opinion casting.
I have put a lot of thought into thinking of why another handful of “field dominators” were again shown no respect by a few, most of whom cannot THROW a ball, let alone influence who should and shouldn’t represent historical rememberances, timelessly saved in the small, hidden town in Upstate New York.
Pete Rose’s situation is different but possibly even registering more on the lunacy meter than the others. Betting on baseball while being a manager of an MLB club. Understandable we do not want people betting on other teams and purposely throwing the game. One problem… Rose always bet on his team TO WIN!!! WTH..??? Now on to the main chunk of guys that drew millions upon millions to baseball games, games that gave these voting sport ashes and journalists their jobs. PEDs (performance enhancing drugs)… increased sports ability, often in the arena of Home Runs. Home Runs and Home Runs races were all people talked about. It was part of the game; it was obvious and everyone knew it.
My solution… if they want these guys locked out… put these deserving gamers into Cooperstown, lock the Hall to future inductions and create the all-new…
Good luck with that. Put them in the Hall, change the voters if need be.