Maddux missed being a unanimous Hall of Famer by 16 votes. We think 555 votes out of 571 is a fine number. We agree Maddux is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a great pitcher. But we wonder if he should have been unanimous when Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken, Jr., were not.
We also don’t believe that players who used steroids or other PEDs should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Period. And while we know that not everyone who used will be caught, we think that is a poor argument for allowing known PED users to be inducted. We’d also like to draw a line that almost no one seems to recognize: The accomplishments of Barry Bonds (and Roger Clemens and Pete Rose, for that matter) are in the Hall of Fame. Their memorabilia are on display. Their teams are celebrated. Their likenesses, are, in fact, in the Hall of Fame. But those players will likely never be enshrined and we believe that they never should be.
Those are debates for another day. The process of voting could be amended. The results are sometimes different from what one fan or columnist might want. But those concerns seem misplaced this month.
The class is 2014 is an excellent one. We can hardly wait for Induction Day.