Hall of Shame?

A few thoughts on yesterday’s vote on the Hall of Fame by members of the Baseball Writers of America:

Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken: Two great players who were justifiably voted in on the first ballot. The only question is why a few malcontents decided not to make them unanimous selections. If these two aren’t certified Hall of Famers, who is?

Mark McGwire: Garnering just 25 percent of the vote, the steroid-powered slugger fell far short of Cooperstown. Good. There’s a reason they call steroids “performance-enhancing.” Cheaters should not receive this honor.

Goose Gossage, Jim Rice, Lee Smith, and Andre Dawson: Four great players deemed unworthy by the writers. Relievers never get any respect from the writers, no matter how dominant, but just how dominant do you have to be to get in? Making obvious candidates wait until they are too old to enjoy the honor is unjust.

It’s time to remove some of the writers from this responsibility, since they obviously have their own agendas.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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