While I am very happy that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, I very much hurt for Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of joining what could have been the first 4-player class since 1955.
There are some members of the BBWAA that decide Craig Biggio used performance-enhancing drugs without any proof of evidence. There are others that didn’t vote for him simply because they ran out of room on the ballot.
Other writers, that voted only for clean players, left him off the ballot because of the ten vote limit and that sucks. With this logjam of the players, the BBWAA has to have some kind of ballot reform so that players worthy of induction don’t fall off the ballot altogether.
Mike Mussina was a first-timer on the ballot and he’ll get in eventually, probably after the logjam if I had to guess. I would hope he gets more than 20% next year.
The problem is that the logjam of Hall-worthy players is not going to end. On the 2015 ballot will be the first appearances of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz. Smoltz is sure to join his Braves teammates and manager, Bobby Cox, in the Hall of Fame. I hope it is on the first ballot for his sake.