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Field of Dreams Deferred; No players elected to the baseball Hall of Fame

Field of Dreams Deferred; No players elected to the baseball Hall of Fame

Say it ain’t so Jersey Girl Sports fam!

For the first time since 1996, eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not vote in a single player from a ballot of 37 candidates.

Admittedly the candidates were controversial to say the least, but I still find it troubling and a little bit sad that not one candidate was considered “Hall of Fame” worthy.

Some of the big names on the ballot who were denied entry were first time nominees: Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader with 762, Roger Clemens, a  right-hander with 354 wins, Sammy Sosa, the only slugger to hit more than 60 homers in three different seasons and who totaled 609 in his career. While their names are synonymous with all-star and greatness, they also are shrouded under a cloud of doubt and accusations of steroid use and performance enhancing drugs.

There will still be an induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 28 honoring longtime Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, Hank O’Day, and turn-of-the-20th-century umpire and 19th-century catcher Deacon White. The three who are now deceased, were elected to the Hall last month by the Pre-Integration Committee, and their memories and heirs will still be honored in July…..but we all know it’s just not the same.

“I think as a player, a group, this is one of the first times that we’ve been publicly called out,”  Curt Schilling said. “I think it’s fitting. … If there was ever a ballot and a year to make a statement about what we didn’t do as players — which is we didn’t actively push to get the game clean — this is it.”

Curt Schilling was also on this year’s ballot and received 38.8 percent of the vote, well shy of the 75 percent needed for induction.

Sports, not just baseball, needs to address the ongoing and growing use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs among athletes. Everything is faster, stronger, bigger and on a larger playing field.  Take into consideration that sports are a multi-billion dollar industry with top athletes given the ability to sign lucrative contracts and endorsement deals, and you can understand why athletes feel the pressure and need to ‘juice up’ to stay competitive and at the top of their game.

But somewhere along the way sports became “caught up” and forgot about the fans and the young children who look up to athletes and good old-fashioned values and hard work.

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Satchel Paige, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Willie Mays, just to name a few were able to become superstars in the sport without the use of performance enhancing drugs or steroids and still leave a lasting impact and legacy in baseball.

When asked about his feelings on the subject Commissioner Bud Selig responded with, “This is not to be voted to make sure that somebody gets in every year. It’s to be voted on to make sure that they’re deserving. I respect the writers as well as the Hall itself. This idea that this somehow diminishes the Hall of baseball is just ridiculous in my opinion.”

Jersey Girl Sports fam, what’s ridiculous is that nobody was worthy of making the cut.

Baseball!! We are calling you out!!

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Tatia Harris

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