HALL OF FAME 2013
in 2014, the hall of fame election process should include a
review/grievance committee whose sole purpose is to evaluate the careers
and statistics of the players who played in the steroid era.
steroid era is the most difficult era to put in perspective. While the
performance enhancement drug use was widespread, we know not all of the
users. And while the users experienced a clear performance enhancement,
we know not exactly to what extent. We know that the era is filled with
inflated numbers but judging those numbers is a difficult and perhaps
an impossible task. Measuring inflated statistics against the truer
statistics of predecessor eras is unfair. Measuring the cheaters against
other cheaters or suspected cheaters seems inherently wrong. Crowning a
“king” of the cheaters seems clearly inimical to the standards and
integrity of the game. But should all be punished? Should those admitted
cheaters who would have gained admission anyway by virtue of their
pre-steroid numbers and accomplishments be elected?
baseball fans feel quite strongly that known and/or admitted cheaters
should be disqualified from the Hall as their election makes a mockery
of the standards and ideals of the game. While we recognize that some of
these players undoubtedly were great even absent steroid use, the
ideals of baseball must transcend and supersede the individual. Cheating
cannot be countenanced and ideals must be preserved for future
generations. We also think that those who are suspected of cheating must
be put through a process of high scrutiny.
traditional process of electing players to the Hall of Fame has worked
very well, but dealing with the steroid era is perhaps the most
difficult task the baseball writers will ever encounter. At
baseballsgreatesthitters.com we feel a review committee/grievance
committee needs to be set up to overlook the election process.
Mike Piazza, arguably the greatest hitting catcher in
baseball history is a first ballot Hall of Fame player, but in his
first year of eligibility only received 57.8% of the vote .It is obvious
a good number of the writers “felt” Piazza cheated and did not vote for
him.The message was simple - taking steroids and putting up inflated
statistics will not be tolerated and “cheaters” will not be elected. The
steroid era is the most difficult era to put in perspective.As
previously stated, while the performance enhancement use was widespread,
we do not know all of the users. Since the era is filled with inflated
numbers,and no one is certain who used and who didn’t, perhaps the
traditional way of electing players to the Hall of Fame needs some
the new system we are suggesting the Hall of Fame to put into use, Mike
Piazza would have 10 days to go to a committee, plead his case and
explain that he had a clean career and BBWAA got it wrong. The committee
would then meet with a committee of baseball writers to try to get it
right Another example is Fred McGriff (20.7%), who has Hall of Fame
numbers or at least border-line numbers, who could also make a case
since his stats as a clean player don’t measure up to the stats of the
players who used PED’s.
review/grievance committee would be set with approximately 15 members
to include Hall of Fame members, retired players, and members of the
media. The BBWAA committee would also be set up with writers who
covered baseball both before the steroid era as well as writers of the
steroid era, which would present a balanced mix. To tie it up, basically
electing players to the Hall of Fame remains the same, but in 2014 the
review/grievance committee will be added to help with the difficulty of
dealing with the steroid era.
.We feel our patented home run curve can be an asset in analyzing a
players statistics from this complicated era since the home run
statistic has been the center of attention. At www.baseballsgreatesthitters.com
we feel a review committee/grievance committee needs to be set
immediatelly to overlook the election process. We also feel very
confident that our patented home run curve accurately levels the playing field when comparing the statistics of players of all eras.
Though our system does give an accurate rating of the all-time greats of all eras,we cannot change how many baseball fans will view the tainted accomplishments of this era,and most importantly, how they will look back at the players, they felt,cheated this great game.and it's rich history.