Today is a happy one for Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, their families, and their fans.
They will join Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox in the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
It is a sad day for Jack Morris (and Hideo Nomo) fans, who will now have to rely on Expansion Era Committee consideration.
More than a dozen other players with legitimate Hall of Fame cases will have to wait until next year to see if the Baseball Writers of America will let them in, or continue to allow grudges, morality crusades, and thoughts about the ideal size of each year’s Hall of Fame class to influence their voting.
(It sure would have been nice if some of these writers took such a strong stand against performance enhancing substances in the 1990s, wouldn’t it?)
I’d like to celebrate the fact that two former New York Mets players will be honored in Cooperstown this summer, but I only remember Joe Torre as the manager of the New York Yankees (and a mediocre early 1990s St. Louis Cardinals team), and Tom Glavine’s most enduring Mets’ memory is a start that ended in the first inning.
Next year’s Hall of Fame class could be a strong one – if the writers will let it. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield will join holdovers Craig Biggio (74.8), Mike Piazza (62.2) Jeff Bagwell (54.3), Tim Raines (46.1), Roger Clemens (35.4), Barry Bonds (34.7), Lee Smith (29.9), Curt Schilling (29.2), Edgar Martinez (25.2), Alan Trammell (20.8), Mike Mussina (20.3), and Jeff Kent (15.2) among a number of talented players on the 2015 ballot.
At least by next week, we should be able to set aside all of the Hall of Fame arguments until next off-season.
Congratulations to the new inductees, and better luck next time to the deserving candidates who missed out.