On Tuesday MLB.com released the Hall of Fame ballots by its 17 writers who have a vote, and it revealed a remarkable lack of consistency by some of the individual writers.
There was some consistency — for example, a few writers apparently will not vote for any PED guys, so they did not. But then there were some writers who voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, but did not vote for Sammy Sosa or Mark McGwire. It seems one should either vote for all of them or none of them.
In fact, not one MLB.com writer voted for Sosa or McGwire for the Hall of Fame, yet two of them voted for Rafael Palmeiro, the only player on the ballot who actually failed a drug test.
The obvious highlight was the ballot from a specimen named Ken Gurnick, who is the Dodger beat writer for MLB.com. He voted for just one player — Jack Morris. Gurnick said he will not vote for any player who played in the PED era, so that means Greg Maddux will be denied the unanimous vote he so richly deserves.
Gurnick is allowed to vote for whomever he wants, but he is making it about himself and is denying worthy players a cherished vote for the Hall of Fame.
Overall, only Maddux and Glavine (16 vote each), and Craig Biggio and Jack Morris (13 votes each) got the 75% needed for induction from these writers. Frank Thomas got 11 votes and Mike Piazza eight.
When the final vote comes down Wednesday, it will likely be Thomas and not Morris who gets elected; another oddity by this group.
Not voting for Thomas makes no sense at all. Instead of voters doubting his ability, this is a product of the PED guys clogging up the ballot. With a maximum of 10 selections, several players who likely would have gotten a vote might not get one. This could lead to some players not getting elected. The Hall really needs to establish guidelines on how to treat suspected and proven PED players. Otherwise we will be getting disputed Hall of Fame results for years to come.