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It’s Time to Take Power Away From the BBWAA

The BBWAA has entirely too much power. Because of this, they wield it thinking they’re preserving the game, when they’re actually hurting it.

Cooperstown, NY by Dan Gaken is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It’s Time to Take Power Away From the BBWAA

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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America is an absolute joke.

As the dust settles on this year’s Hall of Fame voting, baseball “purists” are rejoicing, while those of us with brains are furious at how the latest results have shaken out. I have to start with one very important note. David Ortiz deserved to be voted into Cooperstown. Okay, good. Now that that’s out of the way.

Shutting out Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens proves that the BBWAA is tone deaf, and cares truly about one thing: Power.

And since they’ve been over-inflating their egos for years, they’re drunk with it.

“The Hall of Fame is supposed to preserve the history of the game.” I’m seeing a lot of this quote thrown around in the past day, and it’s correct. Plain and simple. If we can have racists and bigots and terrible people enshrined in the Hall simply because they were good at baseball in some way, the steroid era players need to be there, too.

So many have talked about how what Bonds and Clemens did has hurt the game, but fail to look back at others in Cooperstown and say “you know what, maybe they shouldn’t be there either”. Bud Selig allowed that whole era to unfold, and he’s enshrined.

Not to mention the fact that baseball was in a weird limbo in the 90s. Yes, partially due to the 1994 strike. But the steroid era reignited a nationwide love in the sport that’s supposed to be America’s pastime. These same writers who are blocking out Bonds and Clemens PROFITED off their talent and ability to put up big numbers, whether that was guided by enhancements or not. So the pot calling the kettle black is…infuriating.

And yet, just like the rest of baseball, they stand there screaming “Get off my lawn!” instead of opening their eyes to what Cooperstown really should be.

So if they can’t play nice, they shouldn’t be able to play at all. There needs to be some reform for the way Hall of Fame voting works. Because there’s no perfect algorithm. Instead, it’s allowing 400 drunk babies to do whatever they want, and we’re supposed to accept that as fair.

And my favorite part of the hypocrisy? They’re going out of their way to try to hold these players accountable for something they did. And yet, they have the option to keep their ballot private. So they don’t get held accountable for their own actions.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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