My Takeaway, Analysis, and Opinions on the Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement: Part One
This begins a new segment where I will be expressing my feelings, thoughts, and analysis on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s announcement. I have a lot of categories that I want to touch on, but that would take an extremely long article. So, I have decided to break it up in to a daily segment, taking place over the course of the next few days. Note before I begin I will be linking previous articles that are relevant to my case that go in to more depth on the situation, which I wrote previously. With all that out of the way let’s begin!
Three Hall of Famers Got In: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were all inducted in to Cooperstown, and it was very well deserved. Greg Maddux was an obvious lock in this year’s voting. The rest of the candidates were tossups, but the voters elected two other should be Hall of Famers. That was their silver linings. However, they hindered surefire nominees from getting in to the Hall in 2014.
BBWAA Voters are Irresponsible: Curt Schilling is no doubt in my mind by every definition a Baseball Hall of Famer. He put up substantially better numbers than Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, and Jack Morris who are similar candidates. He also not only appeals to the new school camp but the old school thinkers as well, putting up elite post-season numbers. He collected an 11-2 record with a 2.23 ERA in his tenure in extra baseball. Anchoring the rotation of three World Series winners and leading four teams to the World Series. The only thing holding Curt back from landing in his rightful place in Cooperstown is the voter’s gripe with him. Media members claimed that he was not easy to deal with and he gave them trouble. That should not bar Schilling fr0m justice. It is the voter’s responsibility and privilege to vote for qualified candidates and they have not lived up to their expectations. Schilling has no gap in his game, like a lot of these candidates do. The fact that Schilling did not get in alone is a disgrace, but the fact that he only salvaged less than 30% is malpractice. http://prosportsextra.com/2014/01/08/curt-schilling-is-the-biggest-snub-in-baseball-history/
Speculation is Stifling Right to Passage for Deserving Candidates: Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza are Baseball Hall of Famers. Their numbers are baffling and they are among the best at their positions. Bagwell brought to the table an impeccable all-around game and Piazza was the best offensive catcher of all-time. Bagwell career line read .297/.408/.540, a staggering total along with very good defensive should make him a lock for the Hall. Piazza’s line tells an equally impressive tale at .308/.377/.545, but his defensive performance were lackluster. The lone reason for their absent of being enshrined in to Cooperstown is because voter’s speculate that they may have been juicing. Power hitters who are brought down by simply playing in that era, which to me is very unfair thing to do. Penalizing someone on pure speculation without any tangible evidence is wrong, and it denied deserving candidates from landing in their rightful place in the Hall.
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