The combinations of expansion, prioritizing power and patience and, yes steroids, creates problems for how sluggers are compared across eras and, of course, for the Hall of Fame as well, but this problems is exacerbated by a voting system that is unwieldy and flawed. This year no players were elected to the Hall of Fame. The merits of that decision can be debated, but the impact it will have on future elections will be clear. In short, by 2014, there will be so many deserving players on the ballot that it is likely that a player with numbers that were good enough for the Hall of Fame a generation ago, and perhaps no demonstrated link to steroids, will be dropped from the ballot after one or two appearances after next year. Next year there will be five 8000/140 players on the ballot as well as a number of other standouts like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Tim Raines.
Written by Lincoln Mitchell On In Baseball Tagged Hall of Fame, Steroids, PEDs, Pittsburg Pirates, Willie Stargell, MIckey Mantle, Willie Mays, Eddie Matthews, Harmon Killebrew, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds, Mike Schmidt, Miguel Cabrera, Lance Berkman, Chipper Jones, Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Manny Ramirez, Jeff Bagwell, Gary Sheffield, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Andre Dawson