Baseball Hall of Fame Inducts No New Players in 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

"For only the eighth time since voting began in 1936, the voting membership did not elect anyone to Cooperstown." 

Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced yesterday that no players would be inducted in 2013. Former Houston Astro Craig Biggio garnered the most support, with votes on 68% of ballots cast, but it didn't meet the requisite 75% needed to catch baseball's highest honor. 

Other notable omissions include Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, who were included on the ballot but not without controversy. Both players endured long and public steroids scandals in which they were accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs to help their game. This evidently made voters think twice after reading the MLB's character clause, which stresses the importance of athletic prowess as well as personal integrity. 

Dave Zirin is a columnist at Edge of Sports.

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JT from Portland

Three remarks about the Hall of Fame non-vote and PEDs. First, the sportswriters are hypocrites. The vote was an effort to inoculate themselves from blame by insisting it was the players, owners, and league that bear responsibility for this failure, but the sportswriters looked the other way as well, as they have in previous eras when players were taking uppers, downers, and steroid-like substances as well. Baseball fans deserve a better process for selecting inductees than relying on self-appointed guardians like sportswriters. They have failed by not being able to think in context about an evolving sport. Second, PEDs have always been around, and they are going away from any activity where a material advantage accrues to success. Zirin is correct. The problem here is criminalization. All it does is drive usage underground. Far better to legalize and monitor. It makes the behavior transparent, and it would allow athletes to be monitored by doctors far more effectively, thus making their decisions safer. Finally, I'm not persuaded that the game--baseball, track, cycling, etc.--has been diminished by by PEDs. Barry Bonds's run was astonishing before as after his linkage PEDs. The top cyclists in the Tour de France performed amazingly, and given that all of them were probably doping, it seems to me in retrospect that we still learned who was best. The reputation of sprinting has similarly devolved in the last two decades, yet the more people who are implicated, the more it seems like Olympic-level sprinting _was_ a level playing field.

Jan. 11 2013 01:53 PM
Brian Everett from Princeton NJ

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Jan. 11 2013 12:39 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dave Ziron made a ton of sense without any wishy washiness.

Jan. 10 2013 01:45 PM
Jerrold Richards from Lyle, Washington

Wow, there's still an off button on my radio. Click. Wow, it's quiet, except for the burbling of the woodstove. Wow. I like it. No ethically-challenged angry person promoting druggie jock crooks. Nice.

Jan. 10 2013 01:42 PM

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