Those entrusted with policing the National Baseball Hall of Fame, by voting upon who gets in and when (or not at all), have always been a questionable lot.
Wednesday removed all question. This is a motley crew at best. At worst, they reveal the 2013 Hall of Fame voting results during a live TV special that was so short of being truly special that it veered toward maudlin. Read More
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were denied entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown. Read More
There’s a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused.
With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers may fail for only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary. Read More
The first two selections on my baseball Hall of Fame ballot last month were Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens because they were the best player and best pitcher of their generation. Performance has always been my sole criteria. Read More
It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.
It would have been if those eligible had allowed their natural ability to carry the day.
Barry Bonds never needed steroids to be great. It was already in his genes, and the numbers he put up before he suddenly grew larger than life would have been enough to make him a first-ballot choice the moment he was eligible. Read More
Dave Parker turned out to be a visionary. Dave Concepcion didn’t.
Parker was playing right field for Cincinnati in 1984 when the Reds visited Detroit for an exhibition game against the Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Barry Larkin, a Cincinnati native, was the star shortstop at University of Michigan and tagged along with Wolverines equipment manager Jon Falk for the short trip from Ann Arbor. Read More
He’s been inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, and been given a prestigious BMI Icon Award. Are there any trophies left to win for legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival bandleader John Fogerty? Just one, apparently. Read More