So the 2021 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame gets announced tonight at 6
PM. As I was scrolling through my timeline, I saw this video of longtime MLB writer Tom Verducci filling out his ballot.
Baseball writers are the worst.
Out of all the professional sports in America, there's no group of people that feel more entitled than the people in the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America).
Writers used to take a quick photo of their ballot and post it on Twitter or whatever weekly newsletter they have. Verducci said fuck that, let's make this a full-blown production. At the end of the day, there's nothing baseball writers love to do more than making it about themselves.
Here's Verducci acting like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Giving his explanation of why each player he picked gets into Cooperstown. He selects Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Billy Wagner, and Scott Rolen. Fine, they were great during their playing days.
He then discusses Bonds and Clemens. Have your opinions about them, but they belong in Cooperstown. Verducci acts like he was a brave warrior leaving them off the ballot. For me, they need to be recognized somehow. Whether it's putting an asterisk above their plaque, Bonds and Clemens need to be recognized. They're such a big part of the game, and at the end of the day, we hear this all the time about the Hall of Fame. Does the player help tell the story and history of the game?
As time goes on, hopefully we get younger writers who aren't stuck in their old ways to vote for the Hall of Fame. Why has the MLB seen a decline in the past decade? You got dinosaurs covering the game.
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