Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
Not to get all U-S-A, U-S-A about it, but I think the democratic process just needs to be followed with a healthy debate and the writers (or whoever) vote their damn vote however their conscience dictates. If writers are waiting for guidelines from MLB or the HoF or whoever from it, so be it. But I don't think that will matter much. I think writers will pretty much ignore that (except for a handfull like Fay) and vote what they think.
Usually I would want the voters to be writers who covered the athletes during their careers, but in this case I would prefer if the voting was handled by a group of writers who were not present during the height of the Steroid Era. I think those writers who covered baseball during the Steroid Era--but did little to uncover it--have lost the pivilege to vote...
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."