Popular Website Buys MLB HOF Vote
The MLB Hall of Fame is increasingly becoming an annual charade.
Enter today when the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot was released for voting to decide on this year's inductees, as you recall last year not one player was enshrined.
Still today the BWAA released their names for this year's official ballot and it should be noted that Cooperstown is almost guaranteed to see a former player inducted.
But what the BWAA didnt announce (or plan on) is that the popular sports website Deadspin plans to have a little fun this time around.
Deadspin announced their plans today to purchase a BWAA writers vote, they've already done so.
The website plans to keep his/her name anonymous until the time is right, presumably after the vote has been cast.
|"Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game's history and turn it over to the public."|
As we all know the HOF voting process is a bit of a sham and Deadspin is the perfect place to expose the inconsistencies and flaws in an otherwise simple process.
Exhibit A: Hank Aaron, one of the top-5 greatest players to ever play the game was a first ballot inductee receiving 97.83% of the vote. That mark remains the highest % a player as ever received, although Mariano Rivera could challenge that feat, but still Aaron did not receive 100% of the vote. How is that possible?
Exhibit B: Jack Morris, on his 15th and final year on the ballot is looking for his luck to change in 2013. Morris has been on a crusade of sorts to get his legacy enshrined in Cooperstown and hasn't gotten the point that he doesn't have the support of 75 percent of the voters needed for induction.
Be sure to keep your eyes peered to Deadspin to see how their smear campaign all works out, I know I will.
Oh, and here's to Armando Benitez, Todd and Jacque Jones and J.T. Snow garnering consideration.