Over my 20 year career as a baseball writer and analyst for various publications, I thought the selection process to the coveted Hall in Cooperstown was not being handled properly by the elite writers in the business.
This year’s selection although an excellence choice could have been better made by the selection of Roberto Alomar to the Hall. Both men deserved to be selected not just based on their production on the field but also for their popularity with the fans. Roberto Alomar was probably one of the most coveted players in the MLB during his career by all the teams. He played second base like no other and from the early stages in his career; he made the game look so easy with his reach at making the plays look easy.
I clearly remember listening to the same writers that rejected him from entering the Hall speaking about him with praise and mentioning that Roberto and Sandy would make Cooperstown together next to their dad. All of the writers compared them to other great sibling combinations like the Ripken’s' who were expected to join the Hall after retirement.
What has happened to those comments is it that they forgot about the game and is all about who wrote whose book? I believe that talent should be the main criteria of induction and not if you were good to some writer and not good to another. If this is not the reason then it must be that Roberto Alomar played his most productive years for the Toronto Blue Jays who won back to back World Series north of the border and not in a major market.
I ask of all the fans of this great game to tell me when will the players that play for a Canadian team will be acknowledged by the Baseball Writing Gods and allow the Blue Jays join the Hall in some way. Will the Blue jays have to wait till Paul Beeston retires from the game to be inducted into the Hall for his great administrative skills and the creation of a great franchise in Canada?