Today was going to be a controversial day for baseball for numerous reasons, but I don’t think anybody saw this outcome. For the second time ever the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) elected nobody in to the hall of fame. The main players on this year’s ballot included Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemons, Craig Biggio, and Curt Schilling.
What made this class so controversial was the amount of alleged PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) users on this ballot. From the outside looking in it looks like the BBWAA had no clue what to do this time around as there is so much speculation around who used PEDs and who didn’t. The average baseball fan can tell who were the users were, but its not up to baseball fans who gets in to the hall of fame.
What is not fair about this is that there are definite first ballot players on this list, yet they got snubbed with no evidence against them. Those players include Craig Biggio who has over 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases and Mike Piazza one of the best hitting catchers of all-time. Those two came up short as Biggio claimed 68.2% of the vote while Piazza claimed 57.8%. A player needs 75% of the vote to be voted in.
Next year will be a big year for Biggio and Piazza as they will also have to go against newly eligible players Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.
– John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)