When I saw the Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees were going to be announced on Jan 8, I thought this is it. My favorite player, Mike Piazza, is going in. This was my birthday wish.
As the day drew closer, I had my doubts but ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ I told myself. At 1:55pm, I hung up on my friend, who kindly called to wish me a happy birthday, because I needed to prepare. My phone was ready – the number for the bed and breakfast I had booked for last year’s HOF induction (which I had to cancel because Piazza wasn’t named) was programmed in. My finger hovered over the “Call” button.
The moment Mr. Idelson said 3 players were elected I knew Mike was not one of them.
My friend Bill and I have many conversations regarding the hall of fame. Bill and I are “old school” – we go to games and keep score; we have conversations about scoring decisions and manager decisions regularly .
We have strict criteria for induction. You have to be great. Not very good; not good over a twenty year career (I’m talking to the writers who voted for Mussina here). I don’t believe there are any gold standards for stats anymore. The stats that worked 20 years ago don’t apply anymore. There aren’t going to be anymore pitchers with 300 wins. And home runs don’t mean what they used to because of PED use and smaller ballparks. I go to Bill’s criteria based on comparison of your stats to your peers during your career (Top 5 for HRs, avg, ERA, etc) for choosing who is great enough to be in the Hall. Jayson Stark said it best- the Hall is a privilege, not a right.
I hope Bill will post his criteria here because the Baseball writers needs to see it. Some of them obviously need some help in voting. (WHO voted for Armando Benitez? Kenny Rogers? Are you kidding me? His/her vote should be taken away)
If you want to improve my day, buy my book. “Gone But Not Missed”, A mystery set in Long Beach, NY. Lillian, one of the main characters, is a Mets fan. It’s on sale now – amazon.com/author/arkennedy; Special birthday price of 99cents for the ebook.
Thank you for reading my rant 🙂 I think it’s amazing I’ve had a blog for almost 2 months and this is my first baseball rant.