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Opinion

January 10, 2013

Baseball writers stood up for integrity

There were two major injustices involving Wednesday’s announcement that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America didn’t vote any former players into the Hall of Fame this year.

One injustice was that Jack Morris, a wonderful pitcher, failed to garner the requisite 75 percent of votes to enter the Hall in this, his penultimate chance to be on the writers’ ballot.

The other injustice — far more egregious — is that the merchants of Cooperstown and the surrounding area are likely to take it in the financial shorts because we won’t be getting the big influx of tourists who are lured here when a favorite player is inducted.

But there are those who believe a greater injustice was done by the writers keeping a slew of alleged steroid users out of the Hall. Jason Stark, a Senior Writer at ESPN.com, is one who is particularly outraged, based on his column Wednesday after the vote was announced.

“A man who hit 762 home runs (Barry Bonds) wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame.

“A pitcher who won seven Cy Young Awards (Roger Clemens) wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame.

“A man who hit 609 home runs (Sammy Sosa) only got 12.5 percent of the vote.

“A catcher who made 12 All-Star teams (Mike Piazza) missed election by 98 votes. …

“It boggles the mind. Doesn’t it? We were just presented the most star-studded Hall of Fame ballot in maybe 75 years. And NOBODY got elected?

“It’s enough to make you wonder: What kind of Hall of Fame are we building here?”

What kind of Hall, Mr. Stark? Only the best one in the whole pantheon of sports.

If ESPN, the network that brought us 2010’s infamous LaBron James “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat” schlockfest, cares little about honor, well that’s just too bad.

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