Baseball Hall of Fame: Why There Won’t Be A Unanimous Selection
The Baseball Hall of Fame has been around for 79 years. As of Wednesday, they are home to 323 people. When we look at the 323 people, there is no one who got into the Hall of Fame with 100% of the vote. The closet one to the 100% was Ken Griffey Jr. with 99.32%. He would be followed by Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan as the three baseball guys to have over 98%. As I was watching the announcement for the Class of 2018, they were talking about if we will ever see someone getting into the Hall of Fame with 100% of the votes.
Personally, I don’t see it happening. It is not the fault of the player because they play on the field. I put the blame on the writers who vote them into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the next couple of years, you will have guys like Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Billy Wagner, and others who will be on the ballot. When you look at someone like Rivera and Jeter, they both deserve to be in unanimously.
However, you will get the one writer who won’t vote for them because of guilt by association. I am talking about those who played during the steroid era. While Jeter or Rivera have never been found to use steroids, you will have the one writer who won’t buy it. I recall when guys like Bagwell were eligible and didn’t get 100%. It was because of when they played.
Since most of the guys who are Hall of Fame bound now, the writers won’t vote them in for something they never did. It sickens me as a baseball fan that the steroid era may not get represented. Yes, there were guys who cheated and I am not disputing. I am just saying that there are guys in the Hall of Fame who played before the steroid era and are in. The steroid era ended back in the early 2000s. As long as the writers keep bringing it up there won’t be a unanimous Baseball Hall of Fame selection.Follow @jon_blayne