Congratulation to Ken Griffey, Jr. on being elected to the Hall of Fame. Well deserved, and a very obvious election. Then again, I guess it wasn’t obvious to three voters.
Now that the celebration is over, let us turn to the burning question that is making it’s way into headlines across the country. What three writers didn’t vote for Griffey?
Maybe it was a mistake. Perhaps the writers were confused and though they were voting for Ken Griffey, Sr. Might there have been a problem with the Internet? Are the three remaining votes floating around in cyberspace?
Sadly, we have to assume that this was a purposeful omission. After all, we are talking about writers. And yes, despite my lesser status as compared to the renowned news outlets of the world, I know that I am in the same general category of those who make their opinions known in the public arena.
I am fascinated. Seriously, I want to hear the argument for skipping Griffey. If his statistics don’t get him into the Hall, then no one should ever get into this hallowed shrine of baseball history. There is something else going on here.
There are some possible theories. This could be personal. Writers are human, and they don’t like certain athletes. Maybe a couple of guys don’t like Junior, and now they are getting revenge. If that is the case, then the writers are being a little childish. Or a lot childish. However, we suspect that this would not be the first time a writer didn’t vote for someone due to a personality conflict.
Maybe these three guys put Griffey in the so-called steroid era, even though his name has never come up. I suppose it is possible that a few of these people will be skipping an entire generation of players on principle.
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Finally, there is the possibility that some writers may feel like a player shouldn’t be voted in the first time, even if the statistics are overwhelming. Again, writers are human, and they all have their philosophies on how the world should be.
This is the same group of people who has failed to vote Edgar Martinez into the Hall, and some have voiced the opinion that a designated hitter should not be considered. Sadly, this bias remains, but writers reserve the right to interpret rules as they see fit, or in some cases make up their own. A few more writers saw the light on Edgar this year, but a lot more of them need to do a little studying before next year.
Decisions like this are why the public has a hard time taking some writers seriously. There are some great ones out there, but as a group they can make some poor decisions. While we are on the subject of voting, did anyone see who won the Heisman this year? Did you east coast writers watch the Rose Bowl? Feel free to set your DVR next year for Christian McCaffrey games since you won’t stay up. You whiffed on that one, writers.
I won’t call for these three writers to have their votes revoked, but in this case it would certainly be fascinating to read a column on the thought process. These are people who express their written opinions for a living, so they should be confident enough to stand up for their perspectives.
The world is waiting for three mystery writers. Please step forward.