No New Baseball Hall of Famers This Year
January 9, 2013
Voters today rejected every potential addition to professional baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This election proved pivotal for the future of the Hall, as voters set a precedent about selecting players embroiled in the sport’s performance-enhancing drug controversy by rejecting, most notably, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa. All three players are commonly associated with steroid use, and were implicated in the infamous Mitchell Report, a document written and presented by former Senator George Mitchell of Maine that listed a number of current and former players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.
To reject players of this caliber, all of whom have seemingly sufficient statistics to join the Hall, is, in my view, a victory for baseball traditionalists; the Hall maintains a sense of sanctity as a collection of players who accomplished what they did largely on their own merit. I think it will be interesting to see how the Hall voters decide going forward; was this vote just a one-year-stand against “dopers”, or has this culture of punishing cheaters ingrained itself in the voters?