Throughout the debate surrounding the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame elections — mercifully over Wednesday, as the Baseball Writers Association of America voted to add Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to the Hall — I think at least one key question was buried. It’s a simple one: Why does the Hall of Fame exist?
Or, to frame it another way, what purpose is the Hall of Fame supposed to serve? The Hall answers this question for us, luckily. Just head over to their website and there it is in the upper right corner: Preserving History. Honoring Excellence. Connecting Generations. These are high standards, worthwhile standards, and a museum honoring baseball’s major figures should do all it can to uphold them.
The Hall of Fame should not be a means of punishment, as so many BBWAA voting members have made it over the last few years, whether over performance enhancing drugs, attitude problems, or simply vindictiveness. The Hall of Fame should be a celebration of those who enthralled us with their greatness, and it should be a celebration of those who changed the game, those whose impact can still be felt today, long after their…Have an account? Login and read the rest →