What the headline says. I mean, for the love of all that’s holy, how do so many people still have the patience for this?
On Tuesday night, the Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the elected members of its 2019 class. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martinez all look like shoo-ins for induction and Mike Mussina appears to have a decent shot at it. They were all great baseball players, and they will have their likenesses on plaques on a wall inside a very cool museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Hooray for Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and possibly Mike Mussina! Let us celebrate them by yelling again about Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens!
From the looks of Ryan Thibodaux’s incredible Hall of Fame ballot tracker, Bonds and Clemens will continue inching toward induction in 2019. Of the returning BBWAA voters with public ballots, none who voted for Bonds and Clemens in the past stopped voting for them this year, and both gained three votes from writers who did not check their boxes in the 2018 cycle. Seven of eight first-time voters who made their ballots public voted for both Bonds and Clemens, so their returns will continue to trend upward — as has they have every year since the controversial, PED-associated former superstars became eligible.
They’ve got three years left on the general ballot, and the guess here is that they’ll get in by traditional means in either 2021 or 2022. But it is this author’s considered and perhaps very cynical opinion that someone in charge should just say, “oh hell, just put them in the Hall of Fame so everyone can stop yelling about it already.”
It’s vaguely baffling to me that at least a few voters every year seem to still be changing their minds on the subject, as it’s hard to imagine anyone who has been following baseball for at least the last 10 years hasn’t already participated in Bonds/Clemens arguments so many times as to feel completely entrenched in their opinions. But hey: The unquestioned life is not worth living, and I earnestly admire those changing their votes for managing to remain open-minded about the subject here in 2019.
Still, even if your mind is made up that they should never be in the Hall of Fame, and it’s the type of thing that annually makes you so very, very angry, and you realize that the slow-churning trend suggests they’re going to wind up enshrined, wouldn’t you prefer if they just did the darn thing already? Do you really still have the energy to keep fighting about this?
And, again, nothing but respect for those that do. I am just not among them, and I fantasize about a future in which I can discuss the best hitter and the best pitcher of my lifetime to date without inevitably winding up talking about if they should or should not have their names on one particular wall upstate. Even in the unlikely instance of the immediate intervention called for in this post, I suspect it will never come.
How do you seriously still have the patience?