The problem with having a clueless millennial help you take a photo is that it’s not straight and it’s vertical. Oh well.
Sunday was the whole reason why I made this trip out to Cooperstown. It was time for the induction ceremony for four players from my generation. I was so excited to make it out there but I was also running on empty in terms of sleep. It took me an hour to get to my lodging area and because the doors to the museum opened up at 7AM for Hall of Fame members (that’s me) I woke up at 5AM to prepare my checkout and drive to the Hall. But one benefit of that was that the parking was easy to find (and free) in the area right next to the Hall.
It rained a little that morning but that wasn’t going to deter me. In fact, I just powered through the rain and made it to the Hall. It has’t changed much since the last time I was here in 2008, but they did have a few new things. One was the removal of the wall of balls from all the no-hitters. The new Hank Aaron exhibit was great. It even included the actual uniform he wore when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.
There are so many things to see in the museum. The first floor features some cool artifacts from each of the new inductees but the highlight is still the hall of plaques. I didn’t get a chance to walk and look through all of them since I did that the last time I was here. But I did focus a little on some of the plaques that have been put up since 2008. It was an amazing experience just to see these plaques and walk through the halls of legends.
I wanted five to get in but it was only four. That’s fine. These four are deserving and I will be very excited to see them get in. However, I have one major problem with the results. It’s not even that Mike Piazza did not get in and it wasn’t because several other players I believed deserved entry will not get in.
The voting results is what got to me.
- Randy Johnson: 97.3 percent
- Pedro Martinez: 91.1 percent
- John Smoltz: 82.9 percent
- Craig Biggio: 82.7 percent
- Mike Piazza: 69.9 percent
- Jeff Bagwell: 55.7 percent
- Tim Raines: 55.0 percent
- Curt Schilling: 39.2 percent
- Roger Clemens: 37.5 percent
- Barry Bonds: 36.8 percent
With the announcement of the Hall of Fame class coming later today, I am excited to see who will get selected. There could be five that go in, which would be the most since the first ever class in 1936. And I am trying to see if I can get some time off to go to the Hall of Fame this year. Cooperstown is a great place for a baseball nut like me.
But with every Hall of Fame year, we have to start thinking about who is close to getting in and who will be left off.
So to begin, I am giving you my locks for this year and the five I think that will be selected for enshrinement.
Pedro Martinez – Greatest pitcher of our generation and possibly of all time. He pitched in the steroid era and dominated. Plus, he had the greatest relief appearance in postseason history. Enough said.