From the overheated outrage expressed by baseball fans, the blogosphere and, most embarrassingly, the ostensibly objective journalists over the fact that Andre Dawson was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010, it seemed as though voters who didn't choose Roberto Alomar had reduced the sum total of his spectacular accomplishments to being on par with the feats of, say, Marty Barrett, and that Barry Larkin's wonderful career was just slightly better than Gene Larkin's.
But in a stunning development, the sun came up following Wednesday's Hall of Fame induction announcement, the same way it had following every other election. What has changed isn't the voting but the baseball culture surrounding it. The reaction was unnecessarily noisy and -- surprise! -- completely lacking historical perspective.