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Is the use of the word "village" a ham handed way of making the reader feel for these old-timey good folk?
This is about Bonds and Clemens. Not about the "steroid era."
Don't worry, I'm sure they will be fine next year when Greg Maddux, probably Tom Glavine, hopefully Frank Thomas and possibly Jeff Kent or Mike Mussina are joined by Veterans Comittee people like Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox. Oh, and maybe a high-up holdover like Craig Biggio or Jack Morris.
No, it's the legal term that describes Cooperstown, and many other municipalities in New York.
I know it is the correct legal term, but I suspect using it as it was, was a literary choice.
Yeah, this is a blip, which won't happen again for a while. But there won't be that many players. Maddux is the only lock among the players, with Biggio, Glavine and Thomas the only ones who have a chance to join him.
Using any other term would be incorrect
In the same article that used "Mark McGuire".
My crystal ball is probably fogged and cracked, but Kent is my sleeper pick for the best player to be inadvertantly shoved off the overcrowded ballot.
Post Braun suspension, I would not be surprised if next year is another shutout, UNLESS the HOF tweaks its rules (e.g., increasing the number of potential candidates on a ballot to 15; tossing out blank ballots; express instruction is given to writers that they should NOT consider steroids / PEDs when submitting their ballot).
Beyond steroids, I think there is a tendency to raise the bar on what a HOFer is anyway. Maybe that comes out of steroids but it sure seems that the voters have gotten a lot more demanding.
I'll also be annoyed if Jack Morris gets in as he is ranked #22 by WAR, same in James HOF standards, 18th by the HOF Monitor, 23rd by WAR7 and JAWS. Heck, even by his 'strong suit' of wins he is just 5th. If a vet committee puts him in, so be it, but when you have a stuffed ballot like this how on earth can you put a check mark next to Morris?
Btw, has there ever been a ballot other than the very first one with 3 guys over 100 WAR?
I could see things getting really witch-hunty in the near future, and there's a couple of writers out there who have expressed in the past that they would vote for no one from the steroids era. Plus there's always a few who vote for no player the first time they are on the ballot.
Suffice it to say that I would not dare go as far as you have in stating that there's no chance Maddux doesn't go in, UNLESS it's revealed that he was roiding.
Why so bitter, Mr. Mouse? I made another centaur joke for you on the other thread.
Robert Neville: [Talking to moldy corpse in car dealership] How much for a trade-in on my Ford? Oh, really? Thanks a lot, you cheating bastard...
I don't know who will be doing Greg Biggio's introduction.
I am not saying that Maddux WON'T be elected into the HoF. I am saying that the CHANCES of Maddux NOT being elected are more than zero and certainly higher than they were last week.
Now, if only they would put someone on the ballot I could stand to vote for, we might get somebody elected!
Despite the 2013 shutout, the voters aren't trying to elect no one. They just couldn't reach 75 percent agreement on a single candidate this year for a variety of reasons. None of those reasons will have any bearing on Greg Maddux's candidacy.
the thing that would prevent that would be an unexpected confession of....
spoiler alert: Maddux will get well over 90 pct of the vote
Bitter Mouse, that is one odd thing to take issue with. Cooperstown is a village, that's what it is.
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