On Sunday, the number of Baseball Hall of Famers will increase by two names, as Barry Larkin was voted in by the BBWAA while Ron Santo is receiving a long-overdue induction by the Veterans Committee.
Baseball’s Hall of Fame is the most meaningful in all of sports, mainly because the induction process is fairly visible and inspires spirited debates among fans and voters alike. Every player on the ballot has his candidacy picked apart from all angles, and it often leads to some otherwise-qualified players being held out for reasons that do not make much sense.
In the modern day, the most controversial issue involves players who used or are suspected of PED usage, though I have pointed out that holding a player out for steroid/HGH usage prior to the current testing system is pure hypocrisy.
But PEDs are hardly the only irrational reason for keeping players out.
Here is a list of players who are either on the ballot now or will be on the ballot soon, and the ridiculous reasons that people are using to keep them out of the Hall.