January 9, 2007

A CLASSY CLASS:

No surprise: Gwynn, Ripken voted in, McGwire left out (ASSOCIATED PRESS, 01/09/2007)

Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr., baseball dinosaurs who spent their entire major-league careers with one team, have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But former Cardinals slugger and home-run champion Mark McGwire was rejected by the voters, apparently for his refusal to answer questions about steroid use.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2007 2:09 PM
Comments

Goose and Rice need to be in.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 9, 2007 2:41 PM

So does Don Mattingly.

Posted by: Bartman at January 9, 2007 3:02 PM

Players should only be eligible for a couple of years, tops. Maybe only one. There are far, far too many marginal inductees already. Here's the test of whether a player should be in the Hall: Will an 8-year old EVER be heard to say "Hey Dad, where's X's plaque? I want to see him, because you're always telling me how he was your favorite!"

Posted by: b at January 9, 2007 3:17 PM

So Gorman Thomas gets in?

Posted by: oj at January 9, 2007 3:26 PM

MLB and the arrogant "baseball writers" may live to regret leaving out Mark McGwire. Especially should either accept having Roger Clemens or Pedro Martinez in.

What McGwire and Sosa did in the summer of '98 alone should warrant Hall inclusion.

Posted by: Brad S at January 9, 2007 3:32 PM

Don't forget that those same sports writers knew what was going on, and looked the other way, when it was happening, and never said anything to us fans. Then again, I'm sure sport writers made sure they all got in their bets on the Reds in back '19, too.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 9, 2007 6:11 PM

What about Bert Blyleven? In some categories, he exceeds a lot of Hall pitchers. Plus, he lasted a long time.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 10, 2007 9:50 AM
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