Sportswriters have a saying: we don't root for teams, we root for the story. And since sportswriters decide on most of the inductees for the Baseball Hall of Fame, it is important to keep that in mind. Most elections, for better or worse, are about the story.
Sure, some players are no-brainers: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mike Schmidt. But for most of the players on this year's ballot, it was about the story.