Controversy Surrounding The Announcement of 2014’s Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductees

Posted: January 10, 2014 by ericbernsen in MLB, Sports, Uncategorized
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This week marked the announcement of the latest inductees to the baseball’s Hall Of Fame and Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas all received enough votes to be honored in Cooperstown. While these players certainly earned their way into the Hall Of Fame, there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding those who were not voted in. From the unfortunate fate of Craig Biggio to the unsolved question regarding the superstars of the steroid era, a lot of questions have been left unanswered by the senior members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. 

One organization that will be highly represented by this years inductees is the Atlanta Braves. Greg Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots with the 92.7 percentage being the eighth highest in the history of the voting. Maddux won 355 games over his 23 year career, earning four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992 to 1995 and a record 18 Gold Gloves as a pitcher. Long time teammate Tom Glavine also earned a spot in the Hall Of Fame as a 300 game winner, 10-time All-Star, and 2-time Cy Young Award winner. And with manager Bobby Cox being included in the ceremonies, Braves fans will have a lot to celebrate this summer.

Last but not least, Frank Thomas will also be inducted into the Hall Of Fame as the slugger had a .301 batting average, hit 521 home runs, and knocked in 1,704 RBI’s over his 19 year career. However, from that point on is where frustration and controversy arises from the supporters of those who did not make the cut. One player who was met with disappointment was longtime Houston Astro Craig Biggio, who fell short of earning a spot by a mere two votes. Other high-profile stars who missed the mark were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro, each of whom complied big numbers, but remain tainted by the height of the “steroid era” in baseball. Palmeiro is now officially removed from future ballots, and it will take a strong change in the mind of the voters to garner enough support for any in the aforementioned grouping.

One voter who stirred up the pot this year is ESPN personality Dan Le Batard. Le Batard has been kicked out of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of Fame votes after he turned over his ballot to Deadspin, a website that allowed its  readers to make the selections. His reasoning behind this action was that he disapproves how the voting process is shunning the stars who excelled during the time in which steroids were prevalent across the game.  Le Betard making a mockery of the flawed process made national news and although he might have come across as immature being so cavalier with his voting power, he certainly got his point across. Although there seems to have been foul play involved, there is no denying that sluggers such as Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire had a monumental impact on the sport with the popularity of baseball being sky-high in that era. Only time will tell if their tainted records will ever be respected and honored at the Baseball Hall Of Fame, but rest assured the controversial subject will be debated for years to come.

Let us know what you think of the selections and if you agree/disagree with Dan Le Batard’s choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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