I read so many blog posts on the Hall of Fame yesterday, I don't know if I care if anyone ever gets in the HOF again. I was trying to get a feel for what everyone was thinking. Some people were just glad to see Andre Dawson finally elected while others were bitter that someone else was left off the list. The writers were villified and defended. My persepective comes from someone who didn't have a guy he was dying to get elected.
First off. let's discuss the writers. Some of the writers, a great number I would imagine, are highly qualified to vote for the Hall and put the time and effort in to make sure they know who they are voting to elect or not elect and try to look at the overall qualifications of a given candidate. Sure you have some people who will vote for a David Segui type. Maybe they shouldn't be allowed to vote ever again. You have writers that may be vindictive and hold a grudge against certain players so they don't vote for someone who deserves it. In essence, you have a few guys who make the rest look bad. Who among us hasn't worked in that kind of environment? I taught 6th grade for 4 years. I knew some highly dedicated, selfless, compassionate, passionate people who put everything they had into teaching kids. I also knew a few knuckleheads who made the rest of them look bad. Who makes the news? The good teachers or the idiots? It's always the idiots. So I'm not going to lump all the writers into one category and say they should be stripped of the privilege of voting for the Hall of Fame. I for one, don't know who else is more qualified to do it. Certainly not the fans who show with the All-Star game voting every year that they vote for popularity, not skills. And I vote all day long for my favorites.
As for this year's possible class, we all know Andre Dawson was the only player voted in for 2010. I won't re-hash the arguments about who else should have made it. That has been done and much like politics, you and I are unlikely to change anyone else's mind one way or the other. However, I think the issue with modern players, whether they are in the HOF or are on the ballot is this: when I think of the Hall of Fame, I think of the Legends of the Game. Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio...I could go on for quite awhile. I don't always think of players like Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven or Roberto Alomar. That certainly doesn't mean they don't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, it just reflects the aura that surrounds the Hall of Fame. When I hear certain names, Walter Johnson, Roy Campanella or Hank Aaron, I think Hall of Fame. I don't think that when I hear a lot of the more recent nominees' names. Some of those guys will be in the Hall of Fame someday and maybe they deserve it. I think part of the issue is it is hard to see greatness when it is right in front of you.
No matter where your opinion falls on the issues, they aren't likely to change anytime soon and we'll be having this discussion as a group next year at the same time.