Outraged Over Baseball HOF Vote? Don't Be

Outraged Over Baseball HOF Vote? Don't Be

Outrage?

 

I'll tell you what's an outrage: That 20 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America did not vote for Ted Williams in 1966 (out of 302 ballots). That 11 whack-jobs decided Babe Ruth was not worthy of their votes in 1936 (226 ballots). That, somehow, 36 writers bypassed Jackie Robinson in 1962 (160 ballots).

 

That the first strong wave of the Steroid Era washed back out to sea Wednesday without anyone establishing a beachhead on the shores of Cooperstown is not an outrage.

 

It is to be applauded on many fronts (Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa). It is to be constructively criticized on others (Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Tim Raines).

 

But what it is not is a disaster, or catastrophe, or the coming of the apocalypse.

 

Hall of Fame voting throughout history has been messy, imperfect and, often, contentious. But one thing the test of time has proven, unequivocally, is that the process works. Not only does it work, it works better in baseball than it does for any other Hall of Fame in any other sport.

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