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Over the past few years, Hall of Fame voters have become steroid addled. By refusing to elect candidates with links to PEDs, regardless of substantiation, voters have allowed each subsequent year’s ballot to become increasingly crowded. As a result, some electors have been forced to consider game theory as much as the individual merits of each player when casting their […]

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Yesterday’s historic election of three Hall of Famers was met with more criticism of the process than congratulations for the new honorees. Considering the increasingly controversial nature of the voting, that’s not surprising. It’s also unacceptable. Reform of the Hall of Fame’s voting procedures has been long overdue, but when the process overshadows the pomp, […]

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Cooperstown is going to be crowded this summer. One year after failing to elect a new Hall of Famer, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has enshrined a record setting class. For only the fifth time since annual elections became the norm in 1967, three different players were elected. In addition, the highest voting […]

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Hall of Fame voters have taken character into account since the very first election, but, ultimately, it has rarely been given significant weight, at least not on many ballots. However, the issue of performance enhancing drugs is more than just a question of morality. Authenticity, not personal integrity, seems to be the driving force behind […]

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For the first time since 1996 and eighth time in history, the Hall of Fame podium will be empty this July. Despite many strong candidates for enshrinement, several controversial issues conspired to destroy consensus. However, just because no one was elected by the BBWAA, doesn’t mean some of the rejected candidates won’t be rewarded in […]

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Character counts. That’s the message baseball writers have sent to Hall of Fame candidates who are even vaguely linked to performance enhancing drugs. As a result, this year’s vote will likely see the rejection of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, among others, a litany of All Stars […]

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Jack Morris hasn’t thrown a pitch in almost 20 years, but his Hall of Fame candidacy has made him one of the most controversial figures in the game. Although the right hander falls below the bar set by the Cooperstown elite, both sides of this bitter debate should be able to agree that Morris provided […]

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