Re: No one to the hall this year
That the sport as a whole and the writers in particular allowed and in fact enabled and celebrated the historical accomplishments Bonds, Clements et al and now wants to get on its collective high horse and ignore those accomplishments is a massive shame -- especially when you consider that they won't apply the very same standards to the rest of the sport's history.
A Hall of Fame that celebrates the above average but not even close to historically impressive careers of Goose Gossage, Bill Mazeroski, Phil Rizzuto, Jim Rice and Bruce Sutter but doesn't include Barry Bonds and Roger Clements (let alone Tim Raines, Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell) simply cannot honestly claim to be the premier and definitive history museum of the sport of baseball.
I'm glad that the writers of the BBWAA are keen on celebrating every pretty good player of their formative era regardless of it's own significant blemishes, but my formative era occurred too and getting all high and mighty now is hypocritical at best and more practically destructive to the health of the game through it's disrespect and isolation of an entire generation of fans.
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.