Voting for Hall of Famers requires a minimum of numbers

This gets tougher every year. Not the act of voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the act of explaining why some earn this scribe’s vote and others don’t.

The increasingly difficult part is trying to find different ways of saying the same thing, over and over, as one year tumbles into the next.

My ballot included votes for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, and Curt Schilling.

So far there has not been much righteous wrath spewed in this direction. Not that there hasn’t been criticism, but in general it has been kinder and gentler.

Or voting for the Hall since 2005 has created thicker skin.

It is top-heavy with men who at one time or another played for the Red Sox. That has nothing to do with being a lifelong New Englander. It has everything to do with the Red Sox winning four World Series in 18 seasons.

Teams that win a lot generally have more Hall of Fame talent than those that don’t.

With Bonds, Clemens, Ortiz, Ramirez and Rodriguez on this man’s ballot, steroids (or performance enhancing drugs, or whatever they are now called) becomes an issue. There is more than one reason for setting aside that issue.

Major League Baseball’s handling of the steroids monster has ranged from keeping fingers crossed that no one notices to lengthy suspensions. In other words, MLB has handled this in its typically clunky, ineffective manner.

MLB, which has the power to issue lifetime bans, even after a player retires, has allowed all of the above to go on about their post-baseball lives without a care. In one sense that is understandable.

We will never know the identity of all who took PEDs. Thus, banning players becomes an arbitrary exercise.

The Steroid Era was fueled by MLB’s indifference as much as it was by player’s ambitions.

Then there are folks ruled by analytics. They used to be evened out by old cranks, including this one, but our ranks are thinning over time.

If nothing beyond OPS, WAR and other ingredients of this alphabet soup should be consulted, set those barriers. When players clear enough hurdles, they get in.

Of course, then we wouldn’t have the fun of debating over someone’s qualifications.

Is there an analytic measuring fun?

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