New York Times Uses Blank Cover Page To Commemorate Lack Of Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees
On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced their 2013 selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. And the inductees are…
For the first time since 1996 not one candidate received 75% of the votes, which is the percentage required for induction.
Now, this wouldn’t be such a big deal if not for the fact that this year’s HOF ballot included two guys who, ten years ago, were considered no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Famers: Barry “My Head Got This Huge Naturally” Bonds and Roger “Come On Everybody Wins A Cy Young When They’re 41 Years Old” Clemens.
Mind you, there is still no definitive proof that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens actually used steroids. However, there is this little thing called “common sense,” and it turns out that many member of the Baseball Writers Association of America have it. So baseball’s all-time home run king and 7x MVP didn’t make the Hall of Fame, and neither did the pitcher with 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts, and seven Cy Young Awards.
Of course, these weren’t the only two guys on the ballot who didn’t make it. The leading vote-getter this year (also his first time eligible) was longtime Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, member of the prestigious 3,000 hits club. In second place on his 14th and penultimate HOF ballot was legendary “big game” pitcher Jack Morris, with his 254 wins and merely decent 3.90 ERA. And coming in third was Biggio’s longtime teammate in Houston, Jeff Bagwell.
Morris only gets one more shot at the HOF, but Biggio and Bagwell—the “killer Bs”—have many more years of voting, and their chances of eventually getting elected are pretty good.
Then there were the two heroes of the summer of ’98: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Both are members of the 500 HR club, and neither are members of the Hall of Fame—nor will they ever be.
Anyway, the point here is that this year’s HOF vote was kind of a big deal. And the New York Times commemorated it with a very poignant cover on Thursday’s sports section.
Check it out: