Should the Baseball Hall of Fame allow more than just the writers to get a vote?


(Audacy) Once again, the Baseball Hall of Fame vote has become controversial as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens both missed the mark Tuesday to get inducted into Cooperstown in their final year on the ballot.

Ever since they first appeared on the ballot, it has been debated whether players who used performance-enhancing drugs should be allowed into the Hall of Fame.

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David Ortiz, who also comes with his own cloud of PED suspicion, was the lone candidate to get voted in Tuesday -- and that only further fueled the debate.

Baseball writers are asked to weigh a player's character when making their decision, which is subjective. Many writers view the steroid era differently.

It begs the question: Should the Hall of Fame vote be solely left up to the writers?

Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ appeared to offer one suggestion on Twitter Wednesday morning: let current players with 10-plus years of service have a vote.

Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman also criticized the writers being the only ones who get to vote, although he took a much more harsh tone.

Happ’s suggestion of current players holding a vote is certainly a bold one, but there's something to be said about whether a player's peer views him as a Hall of Famer.

Stroman appears to want writers out of the process entirely, although they do cover the sport extensively and have in-depth knowledge of the game.

Perhaps adding other components in addition to the writers is the way to go.

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The veterans’ committees are comprised of 16 people spanning from writers, executives, former players and current Hall of Famers. Maybe the regular ballot for the Hall of Fame should follow a similar model?

Other sports, like basketball and football, have a special committee (albeit, comprised of writers) who vote on the Hall of Fame finalists, but they don't seem to have anywhere near the problem baseball does.

The controversy around baseball’s Hall of Fame voting isn't going away anytime soon either. Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield are PED players who remain on the ballot.

Next year, Carlos Beltran -- who was at the center of a sign-stealing scandal -- will also appear on the ballot and could be viewed by some writers in a similar light as the steroid players.

It seems as if now is the time for baseball to finally start considering other options in how it conducts its Hall of Fame vote -- or continue to face the negative backlash from its own players and fans by following the current course.

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