The Hall of Fame voting results will be announced today at 3PM. You can get your info either by following the Baseball Writers Association of America Twitter feed, going to their website or watching the announcement live on the MLB Network or at MLB.com (the MLB show starts at 2PM, but the announcement won’t be until 3).
Note: someone always announces it on Twitter, like, two minutes before any of those outlets announce it. Some dude who is hooking up — say — Barry Larkin’s microphone. Someone who spends their day instant messaging the guy who has to actually update the BBWAA website knows. Information wants to be free. And as we’ve noted, that information is almost certainly going to be that Barry Larkin is elected and no one else is.
Anyway, we’ve kind of beaten the Hall of Fame politics to death around here these past couple of weeks because, really, what the hell else was there to talk about? But let’s see if there’s still some life in that horse by reading Colin Wyers’ latest at Baseball Prospectus. It’s pretty thought-provoking.
The upshot: Colin takes aim at something Rob Neyer said recently about how it’s OK to think through things like Jeff Bagwell’s suitability for the Hall of Fame. Rob talked about how suspicions — even if thin or baseless — still have to be contended with somehow, so better to take the time to consider it all. Colin agrees with the idea of considering things, but doesn’t think there’s much to consider in this instance.
Then he says two interesting things that those of you who like to argue about steroids probably need to contend with in some way:
- “… if we look at players who have actually been identified as taking steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs—either through the Mitchell report or suspension by MLB—they aren’t any bigger than the average player. The average PEDuser was 73 inches tall and 193 pounds. The average MLB player over the same time span was 74 inches, 195 pounds.” and
- “… the increase in home run rates for shortstops and designated hitters was essentially identical.”
I don’t consider that to be definitive of anything as opposed to being merely neat. But this does all go back to what I’ve been saying forever: PED users really don’t fit a profile, and scrutinizing the big power hitters in ways we don’t scrutinize pitchers and middle infielders has no basis in fact or reason. Either ignore it all or suspect and judge them all, but at least do it equally.