MLB Hall of Fame: The First Ballot Sacred Cow

Posted: 7th January 2010 by Josh McCain in MLB
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Excuse me, loyal reader, as I go on a bit of a rant this morning. On Tuesday's addition of Around the Horn on ESPN, writer Jay Mariotti won the day's pseudo competition and was awarded his 30 seconds of face time. He chose to use this time to exclaim how he didn't vote this year for Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. He said that none of the players up for the first time deserved to get in on the first ballot, and that was reserved for players like Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwen. That's fine, Jay. That's your opinion. But the way I look at it, if someone is good enough to be in the Hall of Fame (of any sport, not just baseball) then why not vote for them in their first year of eligibility? It's writers like Mariotti, who make this voting process all about themselves instead of the athlete ...

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