BDD: An Irrelevant Hall of Fame

On the heels of learning that Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were voted into the Hall of Fame, I have looked into the future to an irrelevant Hall of Fame.

“Who are these guys?” my grandson queries as we walk into a hallway separated from the rest of the exhibits.

Not even having to look at the scenery, I respond, “They are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Ken Caminiti…”

My grandson interrupts me. “How come they’re all by themselves over here?”

“Back in the late 1990’s, baseball was hurting from the ‘94 strike and needed something big to draw interest. McGwire and Sosa got into an historic home run race where they both shattered Roger Maris’ single-season record of 61 home runs with 70 and 66. And Barry Bonds later broke it by hitting 73 in a season. Later, it was surmised that they were all using artificial substances to improve their game. When it came time for them to get inducted into the Hall here, they were shunned by the baseball writers who knew of the problem when it was in its infancy and did nothing to shine light on it; they ignored it. Then, they righteously campaigned against those guys ex post facto.”

“Ex post facto?”

“It means ‘after the fact’. They could have come forward with pertinent information, but there was too much money to be made off it, so they didn’t say anything. Years later, when they had made all their money, they finally said something because it provided another avenue for them to make money. The guys who wrote the book Game of Shadows are a good example.”

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  1. ShooterB

    January 16, 2009 12:54 PM

    After you and your futuristic grandson are done touring the Hall, go ahead and stop by Shooter-B’s Bait Shop for all your fishing tackle needs. Because even in a futuristic fantasy, I’m just not very ambitious.

    As for the HOF…good write-up. As far as I’m concerned, the modern Hall of Fame selection system has no credibility at all. Which sucks, because recognizing great players of the past in a positive way is something I’d really like to see…and it would be a great thing for baseball to have that in the mainstream media. I guess that’s too much to ask.

  2. Bill Baer

    January 16, 2009 04:45 PM

    Because even in a futuristic fantasy, I’m just not very ambitious.


    As for the HOF, I’m reserved to the baseball Hall of Fame in my mind (note: still located in western Pennsylvania). Join me, won’t you?

    On the right, you’ll see Bert Blyleven. In on the first ballot.

    On the left is Barry Bonds. Oh, he’s not retired? It hasn’t been five years? I don’t have any arbitrary criteria for my mind’s baseball HOF.

    This booth here is the “David Eckstein FTW” booth. Didn’t hit too much, didn’t field too much, and overall was a forgettable player. But man, did he hustle…

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