Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
I'm fine with Fay not voting. It's better than sending in a blank ballot and disrespecting the institution.
The Hall of Fame would do a great service by getting rid of the character clause. I believe Bonds, Clemens, etc used steroids and cheated. However, that does not change what happened on the field of play.
Baseball screwed up. It should have caught the cheaters earlier and stopped them from accumulating the performances they did. But they didn't do that. Nothing we do will change history.
We don't keep out Babe Ruth because he only played against white guys. We don't keep out Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron for being hopped up on greenies. (Think Mantle would have accumulated his stats without some pretty heavy medication?). And we don't keep out Gaylord Perry despite him being an infamous cheater.
The HOF is making this unnecessarily hard. It is MLB's job to punish cheaters and prevent them from playing and sullying the game. It's the reason Pete Rose isn't in the HOF. It made that judgment. We don't need a second filter. The HOF is meant to memorialize the history of the game, particularly its best players. If the guy is among the best (most productive) players in his era, he should be in the HOF. If his being a cheater or a bad guy hurt the teams on which he played so much that it lessened his contributions to his team winning, let your vote reflect that. But if baseball saw fit to let the player accumulate certain stats and impact outcomes, ignoring that is just silly. Let's stop making this so complicated.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 12-31-2012 at 03:25 PM.