With the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing their induction class for 2013 on Wednesday, the debate around candidates has been getting fierce over the last week or two, moreso than in recent years due to the presence of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and several other players who have been branded "steroid-abuser!" with no evidence whatsoever (Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, come on down!). Of course, this has resulted in the people with ballots hopping onto their soapboxes and regurgitating the usual batch of rhetoric regarding protecting the integrity of the game and so on and so forth, going based solely on hearsay and assumptions. And as of this point, it appears nobody will be elected to the Hall of Fame.
The logic (or lack thereof) in many of the ballots that writers have made public thus far this winter has been stunning. I'm not here to argue personal choices. If you think Dale Murphy is a Hall of Famer because he's a great person and had a high peak, whatever. That doesn't make your ballot terrible. But if you're refusing to vote for Mike Piazza because "Jeff Pearlman once wrote that he had backne, and Piazza never went after him" you're damn right that's worth a callout.
Here are some of the worst ballots I've come across this winter, and what exactly makes them tick...no comments