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January 10, 2013

No 2013 haul for Hall

Cooperstown shops thrown curveball by steroid ballot

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The outcome prompted one baseball beat writer, Anthony Witrado, to opine on the Sporting News web site that the voting process is badly flawed.

“Some voters are retired from the business of sports journalism,” Witrado wrote. “Others have no other outlet to express themselves beyond a blog, a vehicle that the BBWAA has said is unworthy of inclusion. Other voters go decades without even working in sports but still are considered qualified to vote. They are grandfathered in and don’t pay any attention to what is happening in the game until December when the Hall of Fame ballot is due.”

The only inductees for the cermonies held in Cooperstown on July 28 will bethree men who died more than 70 years ago: Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White. They were chosen last month by the 16-member panel considering individuals from the era before integration in 1947.

“It is a dark day,” said Jose Canseco, the former AL MVP who was among the first players to admit using steroids. “I think the players should organize some type of lawsuit against major league baseball or the writers. It’s ridiculous. Most of these players really have no evidence against them. They’ve never tested positive or they’ve cleared themselves like Roger Clemens.”

It was the eighth time the BBWAA failed to elect any players. There were four fewer votes than last year and five members submitted blank ballots.

“With 53 percent you can get to the White House, but you can’t get to Cooperstown,” BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell said. “It’s the 75 percent that makes it difficult.”

There have been calls for the voting to be taken away from the writers and be given to a more diverse electorate that would include players and broadcasters. The Hall says it is content with the process, which began in 1936.

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