Well, maybe not officially dead…. but it is dying because it is run and written about by a bunch of irrelevant, grumpy old-men, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the Hall-of-Fame voting or in the waning interest of young fans.
Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Gil Hodges and Pete Rose are not in the Hall-of-Fame, which is an absolute joke.
The greatest hitter of all time is not in the Hall-of-Fame.
The greatest hitting catcher of all time is not in the Hall-of-Fame.
The all time homerun leader is not in the Hall-of-Fame.
Three of the greatest first basemen of all time are not in the Hall-of-Fame.
One of the greatest pitchers of all time is not in the Hall-of-Fame.
Hall-of-Pretend. That’s what it is. The record books say that Pete Rose has the most hits of all time. It says that Barry Bonds has the most HR of all time and that Big Mac and Sammy Sosa are elite HR hitters. Let’s pretend they didn’t!
Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza were the best at their trade for a decade or more. Let’s pretend that didn’t happen!
None are in the freaking Hall-of-Dull!
“Well, Pete Rose bet on baseball and the rules are posted on every clubhouse wall.”
Yeah, I’ve seen the arguments that irrelevant, grumpy old men like Faye Vincent make.
The signs in the clubhouse say that you will get kicked out of baseball if you bet. Pete Rose has been kicked out. They did what they said they would do. He can’t go to games, he can’t work for a MLB team. He can’t get paid. He is kicked out of baseball. What the hell does that have to do with the Hall-of-Fame? The hall of fame is about recognizing the history of baseball and the best of the best. Pete Rose was the best of the best but baseball won’t recognize it. I’m not saying to let him back into baseball. I’m just saying that his accomplishments need to be recorded in the Hall-of-Fame… and conclude with “after his playing career was over, he was banned from baseball for betting on the game.”
Stats say he was the greatest hitter of all time, but it didn’t really happen because he is kicked out of baseball. He’s not the greatest hitter. He’ll never make it to the Hallo-of-Fame because a bunch of petty, bitter, small, narrow-minded,ugly old-men say that he doesn’t belong in the Hall-of-Fame. Did betting after his playing career was over give him some kind of advantage? IDIOTS! Of course not!
Pete Rose is banned from baseball. Why can’t the Hall-of-Fame recognize him for what he is: the player with the most hits ever in the history of his sport? They can’t because the sportswriters who vote are a bunch of self-absorbed, self-righteous, small-minded grumpy old men!
They want to uphold the sanctity of the game by failing to recognize and record what actually happened during the “Steroid Era” even though they knew what was happening.
… AND while we are talking about it – MLB was actually saved by steroids (after the strike when interest in the game was at an all-time low), but the the owners who knew what was going on, chose to ignore it for the sake of their pocketbooks. The sportswriters all knew about it but were complicit in their silence. Steroids were the fabric of baseball in the 80′ds and 90′s and maybe beyond. Most players were doing it. If you think that’s wrong, you are from another planet. Of course they were.
I used to think about the time I would take my sons to Cooperstown. Not anymore. The Hall-of-Fame is irrelevant and stupid!
Why isn’t Gil Hodges in the Hall? Steroids? NO! Betting? NOPE! Just stupid sportswriters. If you want more proof how stupid and biased they are, just consider that Aaron Sele with a career record of 148 wins and 4.61 ERA got a vote for the Hall-of-Shame this year. Aaron Freakin’ Sele! How irrelevant baseball is becoming. I am ashamed to be a fan.