Here are some quotes related to today's MLB Hall of Fame Announcements:
"My view (and I may have a vote in 7 years) is that voters should look at what happened on the field and go from there. I would not be surprised by it being revealed that a particular player took PED's. No revelation would surprise me. So for me, playing this gotcha game with Bonds, Clemens, Sosa etc is futile. Sure we know about some of them, but Babe Ruth and Pud Galvin were injecting themselves with ground up sheep and guinea pig testicles 100 years ago, so IMO we should look at what happened on the field and base votes on that."
-Sean Forman (Baseball-Reference Founder)
"I recognize that snark is the preferred mode of communication in a breathless social-media environment full of knee-jerk reactions and instant expertise. But all those preparing to get lathered up, take a deep breath and calm down."
-Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports)
Source: Fox Sports.com
“I was a little surprised. I didn’t think he would get in the original ballot, and he and (Roger) Clemens really did not get the votes I thought they would. But it’s the first time out for both of them. For me, the numbers will go way up next year. I”m not saying they’re going to get in next year, but I believe their totals will rise.”
"Yes, I'd vote The Rocket in. Outside of Pedro Martinez, he was the greatest pitcher of my generation.
And let big game hurlers Curt Schilling, David Wells, and Jack Morris into the HoF club, too.
Despite Rusty Hardin's legal snakery, I believe there was overwhelming evidence that Clemens used performance enhancing substances after he left Boston.
But I have an unconditional soft spot for the prickly old Red Sox ace, having seen him at his best so many times in the 80s and 90s and after seeing him return to Boston last fall for three nights at Fenway, sitting behind Pedro at Johnny Pesky's memorial ceremony in September like he's been here the whole time."
-Steve Silva (Boston.com Sports Producer)
If there's anything we've learned from the 2013 Hall of Fame election, it's that what we're doing now isn't working. You'd never know it from the balloting, but the '90s happened.
As long as the vote is in the writers' hands, they are duty bound to induct the best players. Doing so with a three-quarters vote should prove difficult, lest the Hall turn into any more of a watered-down version than it already has thanks mostly to the backslapping Veterans Committee. At the same time, all writers must understand – and perhaps it is the Hall's charge in the coming years to remind them as much – that this vote is about the player and his merits, not the moralistic preening of people who have been told to commingle something evident and measurable (performance) with something so subjective (character).
Source: Yahoo! Sports
Today's news that those members of the BBWAA afforded the privilege of casting ballots failed to elect even a single player to the Hall of Fame is unfortunate, if not sad. Those empowered to help the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum document the history of the game failed to recognize the contributions of several Hall of Fame worthy players. To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, for example, is hard to justify. Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings -- and others never even implicated -- is simply unfair. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be for the best players to have ever played the game. Several such players were denied access to the Hall today. Hopefully this will be rectified by future voting.
-Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association
Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor. Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future. We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fame’s elections since 1936.
-Major League Baseball Press release
What we should take from this ballot is that it was a tough one for voters.
This was the first major steroid-effected season because the biggest steroid names were involved. So many voters had no idea what to do with this vote. For some it was black and white, and for most it was a torturous process.
There are no conclusions to be drawn here other than voters didn’t want to reward steroid use or perceived steroid use. They disapproved of the steroid era, as great as Clemens and Bonds were. So we’ll see how this evolves. As I wrote, it’s evolved quite a bit from where it started. And the process will go on.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon expressed both disappointment and confidence about Piazza's snub on Twitter.
"We hope in the not too distant future that Mike Piazza will take his rightful place in the [Baseball Hall of Fame,]" Wilpon said. "The statistics he compiled during his career as a catcher were unmatched by anyone in the history of the game. The statistics he compiled during his career as a catcher were unmatched by anyone in the history of the game"
Source: NY Post