Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Roberto Alomar robbed on Hall of Fame ballot
By Ian Hunter
There I was anxiously anticipating Roberto Alomar's name to be called as one of the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, but it never happened.
For whatever reason, the BBWAA decided it was Andre Dawson's year and only Andre Dawson's year to go into the hall. I have no ill will towards Dawson, but I do have some disdain over this decision directed towards the Baseball Writers Association of America.
First of all, five ballots were left completely blank. For some inductees, that could have been the difference between making it in, and standing outside for yet another year. Nobody thinks that leaving your Hall of Fame ballot is "cute" - this isn't voting for your high school class rep, this is the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jay Mariotti, I'm looking directly at you and your other four cohorts who thought this would "send a message".
Secondly, get over yourselves. If you think that leaving Alomar off your ballot was a way to "teach him a lesson" or to punish him for his mistakes, you are a sad, sad, person. Alomar already made up with John Hirschbeck, and in fact, Alomar now does charity work for a foundation set up in honour of Hirschbeck's son. So stop holding a grudge against Alomar because if John Hirschbeck can get over it, so can you.
I now see the irony in it all - 13 years ago, Roberto Alomar spit in the face of John Hirschbeck. Now the Baseball Writers Association of America has basically done the same and spit in the face of Alomar.
Frankly, Roberto Alomar should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer and it's a shame that he's even going to have to wait another year to see if he will make it in 2011.