Obviously, as an online blogger, I will never be one of the roughly 600 writers and journalists who have a vote; however, I’m going to opine and chime in on this whole debate.
As we all know, this year’s vote could perhaps be the most controversial in memory due to the whole steroid/PED debate.
Honestly, I do not know where to begin with all of this. Personally, can anyone seriously answer this – what is the Hall of Fame supposed to be?
It is a museum, like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.?
Is it a hallowed place that is supposed to convey history and honor the best players of their respective generation?
Is it a place meant to be a money-making machine?
Or is it like a church? Well, like a place of serenity or worship? Should it convey morality?
I personally view the Hall of Fame as this: a place where history intersects with baseball immortality.
It is a place where the best of best in baseball are honored for their achievements on the field, whether they were good, surly or just simply bad guys.
Considering baseball’s place in the context of American History and in sports’ fans hearts, I can see why the writers are having such a hard time with this year’s decision.
Most people in the United States America likes to heap praise on a winner, they don’t like deception, or wide scale cheating. Well, fans I know believe in the spirit of fair competition and a level playing field.
They believe as long as you what did in life honestly, did not cut corners and put in a hard day’s work, you should be rewarded.
That theory above sometimes does not mesh with other professional fields (think politics or the financial market); however, most people do not have a problem with success.
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