The Hall of Fame voting results were announced this afternoon and once again, the members of the BBWAA have shown that they are a bunch of hypocrites. Ricky Henderson—a man with amazing talent that was from time to time berated by the media for being an egomaniac—and Jim Rice—one of the most feared hitters on the field yet hated by media off the field—were both elected to the Hall.
Yet Mark McGwire—who for several years was the media’s darling; who broke Roger Maris’ homerun record; who was held up as a great American in papers across the country; who hit over 500 homeruns; and who did nothing against the rules of baseball was yet again snubbed by the same writers that held him aloft just 10 years ago.
I give credit to the 118 writers who did vote for McGwire this year—and have to wonder about the 10 who voted for him last year and did not vote for him this year. In many ways they are even worse hypocrites than the rest of this sorry lot.