In case you missed the announcement yesterday, here are the results of this year’s Hall of Fame vote:
Alomar and Blyleven will both deservedly get in. The names highlighted in that sad shade of blue will be dropped off of future ballots (Parker due to the 15 year rule, the others due to the <5% rule). A few thoughts:
- OK, I get the non votes for guys like McGwire and Palmeiro. I don’t agree with it, but I get it. However, the only reason to not vote for Jeff Bagwell is if you are accusing him of using roids / HGH. His performance was obviously Hall-worthy. Shouldn’t the null hypothesis be an assumption of innocence? Why do we insist that Alomar is clean while Bagwell isn’t? People have really swallowed the idea that steroids = home runs (and vice versa), and that’s unfortunate.
- I’m not a Kevin Brown fan, and a small part of me is laughing at him now, but he really got screwed here. Postseason notwithstanding, Brown’s career was nearly identical to Curt Schilling’s, and I’m guessing Curt will be elected without much resistance (as he should be). There is no doubt that Brown was a better pitcher than say, Jack Morris.
- I was expecting more of a groundswell of support for Tim Raines on this year’s ballot, but it looks like he has stagnated at around 40%. Not a good sign for him.
- Prediction for 2012: Barry Larkin is the sole inductee.
I often consider getting more into biking, since part of my commute includes 1.5 miles of walking and Boston has become more bike-friendly recently. However, certain encounters make me not want to become a part of that culture, like this morning, for instance:
Me: (walking on a sidewalk near the BU Bridge in 20 degree weather, listening to loud music on headphones)
Biker: “LEFT!!” (in a frustrated “Oh come on!” sort of tone)
Me: (realizing he had said this a few times and I hadn’t heard it, now stepping aside): “sorry man”
Biker: (after pedaling safely 15 yards away from me): “DICK!!”
I refuse to become that guy. Walking is just fine.