On Tuesday, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame announced that no player will be inducted in 2021. Ex-pitcher Curt Schilling came close with over 71% of the vote, but was missing a total of 16 votes. No other players have reached the 75% mark.
Still, the list of qualified players is filled with star players such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Scott Rolen, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner and several others.
We are therefore in a dead end.
The Hall of Fame now asks journalists who vote to assess the player’s behavior off the field as well. Its integrity is therefore also scrutinized by voters.
The problem is that not everyone has the same opinion on the subject. The proof, players like Bonds, Clemens and Manny Ramirez all used illegal drugs, but still got 61.8%, 61.6% and 28.2% of the votes.
This means that not everyone considers integrity in the same way, because on paper there is no doubt that they have all the numbers to enter the temple. So what will be a popularity contest?
Schilling had reportedly suffered from being too supportive of former President Donald Trump, while Omar Vizquel allegedly lost support when faced with domestic violence.