Stephen Franano

Webner House

The baseball writers have voted, and they’ve decided that no one should make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

They didn’t vote for Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader, or Sammy Sosa, who had memorable home run duels with Mark McGwire and is eighth on the career home run list, or Roger Clemens, easily one of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era.  All three fell far short of the 75 percent vote they needed to be elected in the first year they were eligible.

I’ve bemoaned the “grade inflation” that has seen the incoming classes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and other halls of fame become increasingly mediocre.  I’m glad the baseball writers didn’t feel the burning need to put a bunch of good players — but not Hall of Famers — into the…

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