Team HOF vs. Team Reject
Here are two teams. The first consists of the most recent players to be inducted to the Hall of Fame at each position:
|Name (Year Inducted)||WAR/pos||G||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||BB||BA||OBP||SLG||OPS+|
|C||Gary Carter (2003)||66.4||2296||7971||1025||2092||324||1225||39||848||.262||.335||.439||115|
|1B||Eddie Murray (2003)||63.4||3026||11336||1627||3255||504||1917||110||1333||.287||.359||.476||129|
|2B||Roberto Alomar (2011)||62.9||2379||9073||1508||2724||210||1134||474||1032||.300||.371||.443||116|
|3B||Wade Boggs (2005)||88.3||2440||9180||1513||3010||118||1014||24||1412||.328||.415||.443||131|
|SS||Barry Larkin (2012)||67.1||2180||7937||1329||2340||198||960||379||939||.295||.371||.444||116|
|LF||Jim Rice (2009)||44.3||2089||8225||1249||2452||382||1451||58||670||.298||.352||.502||128|
|CF||Andre Dawson (2010)||60.6||2627||9927||1373||2774||438||1591||314||589||.279||.323||.482||119|
|RF||Tony Gwynn (2007)||65.3||2440||9288||1383||3141||135||1138||319||790||.338||.388||.459||132|
The second team is the best players at each position to be rejected from the Hall of Fame from the 2012 ballot class, which was shut-out completely:
|C||Mike Piazza (57.8%)||56.1||1912||6911||1048||2127||427||1335||17||759||.308||.377||.545||143|
|1B||Jeff Bagwell (59.6%)||76.7||2150||7797||1517||2314||449||1529||202||1401||.297||.408||.540||149|
|2B||Craig Biggio (68.2%)||62.1||2850||10876||1844||3060||291||1175||414||1160||.281||.363||.430||112|
|3B||Jeff Cirillo (0%)||32.0||1617||5396||800||1598||112||727||63||563||.296||.366||.430||102|
|SS||Alan Trammell (33.6%)||67.1||2293||8288||1231||2365||185||1003||236||850||.285||.352||.415||110|
|LF||Barry Bonds (36.2%)||158.1||2986||9847||2227||2935||762||1996||514||2558||.298||.444||.607||182|
|CF||Kenny Lofton (3.2%)||64.9||2103||8120||1528||2428||130||781||622||945||.299||.372||.423||107|
|RF||Larry Walker (21.6%)||69.7||1988||6907||1355||2160||383||1311||230||913||.313||.400||.565||141|
Now, I don’t post this in an effort to slam the recent inductees – indeed, everyone but Jim Rice can at least be justified for the Hall of Fame. Nor am I suggesting that Jeff Cirillo have his name on a plaque that isn’t somewhere in Miller Park.
With 2011 inductee Bert Blyleven (undeservedly rejected for 14 years by the BBWAA) starting for the Hall of Famers and 2013 Rejectee Roger Clemens starting for the Rejects, you have one team that would wipe the floor with the other. In a 162 game season, the team led by Barry Bonds and Jeff Bagwell would win approximately 91 games against the team of recently inducted Hall of Famers – who, once again, are all worthy of enshrinement.
This speaks to the historic nature of this year’s ballot – a ballot that the BBWAA shut-out despite featuring the best player, pitcher and offensive catcher that most of us have ever seen.
PED’s loom large over this ballot – easily the most tainted of all-time. But the time has come for the so-called journalists to answer for their ballots. You are not gate-keepers of morality, (and if you are, you all failed at your job during the 1990’s). You are, unfortunately, gate-keepers of history – and it’s beyond reprehensible to rewrite or erase history as it happened because the perpetrators didn’t live up to some bizarre moral code that you’ve asked them to live up to.
Furthermore, if you have evidence that someone that you arbitrarily find suspicious did steroids, at least have the guts to own up to the accusation. You know, like a journalist. Otherwise, you’re nothing but a coward and a liar.