Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hall Of Fame Voting In Need Of Major Overhaul

It's hard to believe, but there are some "baseball writers" who did not vote for Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson for the Hall of Fame. Their various hair-brained explanations are not worthy of examination, but the fact that these people actually exist suggests a need for reform in the balloting process. Let's look at one of these geniuses who did not vote for Pedro. His name is Larry Rocca, and he has not covered major league baseball since 2004 when he worked for The Newark Star-Ledger (big surprise on that score, huh?). He's grandfathered in by the BBWAA as an "honorary" Hall of Fame voter. How ridiculous is this? Aside from other possible reforms (like naming—by acclimation—certain players as unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famers), those who haven't covered baseball for over a decade should not be allowed to make a mockery of the voting process. Period.