I thought I’d just open the discussion up for anyone who’s interested in talking about the Hall of Fame ballot results. Here are the results from today. It was a shutout as far a the BBWAA ballot was concerned. It was the first time since 1996 that no one was voted in by them.
There have already been a few emails today broaching the subject. Todd Ventresca from my league is a bit frustrated with a few of the BBWAA voters (ok, he called them “idiots”). That’s because a few of them didn’t vote for Biggio “not because of the steroid cloud, but because they don’t vote for first timers”.
I’d have to agree with him on that. I remember a time when “first ballot hall of famer” wasn’t even considered a metric in the Hall of Fame process. In my opinion, if you’re qualified, you get in.
On the other hand, Scott Fennessy was a little surprised to see Biggio get as many votes as he did and would have liked to have seen more support for Lee Smith. He was pleased that those who took advantage of PEDs weren’t rewarded.
As for Biggio, anyone doubting Biggio’s support should read Bill James’ Historical Baseball Abstract. There, he makes the argument that Biggio makes a comparable contribution to the game as Ken Griffey Jr. did. James probably overstates his point but it’s well taken.
Here is the final ballot. None on the BBWAA ballot made required 75% (sorry Ryan Klesko!). The Veterans Committee selected Jacob Ruppert, Hank O’Day and Deacon White.