The Hall’s Senior Director of Communications and Education Brad Horn has said he doesn’t see it as a catastrophe for Cooperstown or the museum, but more like a statistical variance.
“The understanding is that to earn election to the Hall of Fame is very difficult,” Horn said in January. “To earn 75 percent of the vote is meant to be hard. Part of the process is 600 ballots went out, and 569 were returned and only five were turned in blank. For the most part, a lot of guys got votes and are in the 15-year process of being reviewed.”
Horn is right; being a member of the Hall should be the ultimate honor. It should not be easy to become a member of such an elite group. If it were, where would the integrity go? It would take away the meaning and gratification.
Each year, more and more voters are ignoring the ballot’s “character” clause. It needs to be taken more seriously or taken out of the guidelines, if not.
Why reward the cheaters? And why be so quick to change the process? It is not the first time nobody has been elected. In fact, this marks the eighth time. It does not mean Cooperstown, from this day forward, will be the Hall of Ordinary, the Hall of Alleged Saints or the Hall of Echoes. Take a look at who will be on the next couple of ballots. We may in fact be in store for some big years.