At 2:00 PM EST today the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the results of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s vote for this years slate of Hall of Fame candidates. No one passed the 75% threshold required for induction. I took my recycling out, and looked at Twitter on my phone as I came back up the stairs, and saw Jonah Keri’s tweet: “NO ONE’S IN. OF COURSE.” I should have been upset, because the BBWAA voting in no one in 2013 is, to put it politely, silly. But I wasn’t shocked. I knew it was coming and had a month to deal with it.
I have been in full-on Hall of Fame Mode the last month-plus, reading by my count 211 different BBWAA members’ columns and tweets about the ballot. It’s well over 211 when I figure in the pieces that were not ballot disclosure by the writers, but just general talk about the Hall process. Plus there are the writers and bloggers I have read who don’t have a ballot and the interesting discussion at BBTF. It’s probably close to 1500 different things, of one kind or another, that I’ve read in six or so weeks.
I’ve been doing all of this while helping update the database of Tim Raines yes and no votes at the Raines 30 site, something I believe in and am honored to have been invited to help on, even if the ‘job’ has left me exhausted. And boy am I exhausted. I can’t read another Hall of Fame piece for a while, and am excited to turn my attention to the upcoming Spring Training (we are under five weeks) and MLB season. I do intend to put a lot more thought into the Hall over the summer, to email BBWAA members about Raines and how I hope he will be included in their future ballots if he is not already, and to write a good deal more about it, but after this little piece I’m done writing about the Hall for a while. More specifically, done writing about the Hall’s voting process.
I think they need to change the whole process. Continue reading