Murray Chass, a once-great baseball reporter turned bitter crank, recently revealed his 2013 Hall of Fame ballot in a blog post in which he proudly stated that he did not vote for Craig Biggio or Mike Piazza because he believes that they used steroids. It was the kind of thing that was written specifically to rile up…
Having acquired a Hall of Fame ballot, which we'll be filling out in accordance with the wishes of our readers, we're examining the merits—and relative lack of merits—of all 36 players on this year's ballot for the purposes of better informing the electorate, i.e., you. All entries in the series can be found here.
Hall of fame ballots follow their own own internal logic. For instance, regardless of how they feel about steroids, almost all voters agree with both or neither of the following statements:
The results of 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame voting will be announced on Wednesday, and this year represents a unique ballot. Steroid users, suspected steroid users, a cocaine user, a catcher, Jack Morris. Want a preview? Baseball Think Factory has compiled the votes from every writer that made their vote public…
The results for the most recent Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will be revealed on January 9, 2013. As we draw nearer, there will be more and more ballot explanation columns from BBWAA members. Maybe they feel defensive about their choices, maybe guilty.
Our own Whitney Pastorek wrote a great piece about Craig Biggio's last weekend as an Astro. [SI.com]
Nothing in sports makes us feel older than when an athlete retires; often, we remember when they first came into the league, and realize that an entire career has passed while we slowly lurched closer to death. It's an uplifting feeling.
We have to say, it's pretty awesome that on the night each of them reached a career milestone that assured they will be in Hall of Fame, Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio did something stupid/embarrassing within a matter of minutes.
Between yanking the Extra Innings package away from millions of people and this beauty of a public relations move, it seems like Major League Baseball is hellbent on making itself as loathsome as possible these days.
Today's final athlete run-in story is a sad one, because it's a nice story about the late Ken Caminiti. It comes to us
from Jason in Houston:
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• Craig Biggio was actually called out for not getting out of the way of a pitch. Which makes many question God. [Plunk Biggio]
• It's time to pardon Zack Greinke from this hellish prison. [Royals Review]
• Cardinals fans absolutely cannot believe that their…