Baseball writers fail to elect any players to Hall of Fame

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Baseball writers fail to elect any players to Hall of Fame

The contentious, divisive, and hotly debated process in this years Hall of Fame voting yielded little in the way of consensus for both voters and observers.

It also resulted in no players being elected to the Hall of Fame. There were 568 ballots cast, with 427 votes (75 percent) needed for election. With many players being snubbed by voters because of admitted, or suspected, use of performance-enhancing drugs, no one reached that plateau.

It underscores the great detail and thought process, of the voting process, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said on MLB Network. It also shows how difficult it is to earn election.

Reaction to the shutout was mixed. Major League Baseball respected the decision:

Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our games most extraordinary individual honor. Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America. While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future. We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fames elections since 1936.

But the Major League Baseball Players Association did not:

Todays news that those members of the BBWAA afforded the privilege of casting ballots failed to elect even a single player to the Hall of Fame is unfortunate, if not sad. Those empowered to help the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum document the history of the game failed to recognize the contributions of several Hall of Fame worthy players. To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, for example, is hard to justify. Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings -- and others never even implicated -- is simply unfair. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be for the best players to have ever played the game. Several such players were denied access to the Hall today. Hopefully this will be rectified by future voting.

It is the first time since 1996 that no players were elected were elected by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Players can remain on the ballot for up to 15 years as long as they receive at least 5 percent of the votes in the previous year.

In '96, the Veterans Committee elected former Orioles manager Earl Weaver and pitcher Jim Bunning. Prior to that, the last time the BBWAA failed to elect anyone was 1971. The Negro League Committee elected Satchel Paige that year.

This year will be the first time since 1960 the Hall of Fame will host an induction ceremony with no living inductees. However, the induction ceremony, scheduled for the weekend of July 26-28, will still be held in Cooperstown.

The Hall announced in December at the winter meetings in Nashville that umpire Hank ODay, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, and 19th century catcherthird baseman Deacon White had been elected by the Pre-Integreation Era Committee. All are long deceased.

Additionally, long-time Philadelphia writer Paul Hagen will be honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and Tom Cheek, who broadcast the Blue Jays' first 4,306 games, will be honored posthumously with the Ford C. Frick Award.

Craig Biggio led all candidates with 68.2 percent, 39 votes shy of election. Jack Morris, who will be on the writers' ballot for the last time next year, was next with 67.7 percent, followed by Jeff Bagwell (59.6 percent), Mike Piazza (57.8), and Tim Raines (52.2).

The players who instigated much of the voting debate fell well under the threshold. Roger Clemens was named on 214 ballots, receiving 37.6 percent in his first year on the ballot, while Barry Bonds was right behind him at 36.2 percent, being named on 206 ballots.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was named on 221 ballots, earning 38.8 percent of the vote.

Dale Murphy, who got just 18.6 percent of the votes in his final year on the ballot, will now need to rely on the Veterans Committee if he is going to get in.

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
 
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
 
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
 
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
 
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
 
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
 
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
 
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.

*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.

*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.

*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.

*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.

*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.

*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.