Yesterday marked the first time since 1996 that the BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) failed to elect at least one player to the Hall of Fame. For a year that was anticipated to be challenging due to the sheer number of qualified candidates – with or without PED users – an empty slate is nothing short of disappointing.
Craig Biggio came the closest to election with 388 votes but fell 39 short of the threshold.
One positive take away: Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, longtime Houston Astros teammates, will once again have a chance to be elected together. Other people have made arguments on both sides about what the voters should do so I won’t say any more than this. At the end of the day the Hall of Fame is just a museum and there should be room in that museum for players who tell the story of the game.