Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
I actually like what Fay has done. Baseball writers are a sanctimonious bunch wanting to preserve the history and tradition of the game. We are at the point where we have sure fire HOF's who are not first ballot HOF's. We have voters who won't elect someone unanimously because Babe Ruth wasn't. I would rather have someone like Fay abstain from voting than mailing in a blank ballot and hurt the players that were deserving.
If we view the Baseball Hall of Fame as a vehicle to tell the story of baseball I can see two sides to the story. If you don't think that steroid players belong than I have no problem with a writer telling the narrative that this era was flush with cheating. If a writer wants to say that Baseball, the owners, and Selig weren't strong enough to take a stand then this is one way to tell the story of the steroid era.
On the other hand do you want to tell the story that these are the best players of a juiced up era? We have different era's in baseball, is the steroid era just that? Don't we want the HOF to tell the story of baseball, all of baseball?
As for me I would have voted for Clemes and Bonds, I thought they were the best pitcher and hitter of their generation. I would not vote for Sosa or McGwire who I thought were able to put up HOF numbers because of the needle.