Posted at 1:24 PM on January 9, 2007
by Ben Tesch
The two shoe-ins for the Hall of Fame were in on their first ballot: Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. Some notable players are still just under the radar, including Gossage, Rice, Dawson, and Blyleven. Mark McGwire was the biggest standout for not making the cut, getting only 23.5% in the voting, which is a big sign that the voters are not keen to the whole steroids thing.
Oh please, spare us the suggestion that this is important news.
Millionaire players, billionaire owners, money extortion from communities ("pay us or we will move"), a totally-unjustified exemption from anti-trust regulation, wide-spread drug use, perennial labor-management acrimony... hardly material for anyone to suggest these guys are heroes of any sort.
I take it you're not a basball fan because if you were you would realize that Gwynn and Ripken were the antithesis of everything bad about baseball that you just accurately recited.