The Baseball Hall of Fame remains a great place to visit, even if the annual enshrinement of players has become a traveshamockery for multiple reasons. Still, it’s terrific that someone like Keith Law now has a ballot. It’s behind a paywall but the link takes you to his initial HOF ballot, complete with his voting rationale. Here’s his entry for the first player:
Barry Bonds: I have seen the greatest players of my generation destroyed by sanctimony. We can put in inferior players because their friends are on the various veterans committees. We can put in Bud Selig, who oversaw a work stoppage that nearly killed the industry, then happily looked the other way while performance-enhancing drugs appeared in the game and owners counted their money. We can certainly put in Bonds, who hit more home runs and drew more walks than any other player in history, who retired with the fourth-highest OBP and fifth-highest slugging percentage in history, who won seven MVP awards (and deserved at least two more), who utterly defined the game, for better and perhaps for a bit worse, for a decade. You simply cannot tell the story of Major League Baseball from 1990 to 2010 without discussing the exploits of Barry Bonds. His exclusion to this point is pearl-clutching of the highest order.
Source: Keith Law, ESPN Insider