Hall of Fame pitches a shut out

Posted by Scott Wuerz on January 9, 2013 

The Hall of Fame will admit no new members in 2013. And, despite the hand wringing on St. Louis sports radio -- and presumably on sports talk radio across the country -- I'm not moved by it.

So what if no one is admitted to the Hall of Fame. There is no mandate that someone has to be enshrined every season. It's supposed to be tough to get in. Joe DiMaggio didn't get into the Hall of Fame until his third ballot. So don't cry to me about Barry Bonds, Jeff Bagwell or Roger Clemens.

This is the first time in more than 15 years that at least one person didn't get in. But that doesn't mean it has to be a political statement. I think, if anything, it sends the message that players have to make it on their own merit. They aren't going to be put on a pedestal just because you have to have someone every year.

Craig Biggio was the closest guy to making it with a little bit less than 70 percent of the vote when it takes 75 percent for enshrinement. He was a very good player. I'm not sure he's one of the greatest 5-10 percent of players ever to play the game. 

Fortunately, the cheaters didn't do nearly as well as expected. I thought there seemed to be enough sentiment from Barry Bonds apologists to put him over the hump. That was refreshingly not the case as Bonds got less than half of the votes he needed. Sometimes the writers send a message to borderline players by holding out the first year to make sure they aren't first ballot Hall of Famers. Then they vote them in the next year. But a whole lot of people are going to have to do a 180 degree turn to get Steroid Barry's plaque next to Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron's.

I just don't get all the hub bub. So no one was let in. I'm okay with that.

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