I don’t know about you but there was something satisfying about this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony.
Perhaps it is because the induction of Jeff Bagwell after seven years was finally was chosen, likely forced to wait for the Hall due to PED suspicion.
Maybe it is more due to Ivan Rodriguez getting in on his first ballot. While I-Rod never tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, Jose Canseco named him as someone who he injected personally. Regardless of whether that is true or not, Pudge is regarded by many as the greatest Catcher of all time by many pundits and the admission of both Bagwell and Rodriguez to the Baseball Hall of Fame suggests a sway in popular opinion as to how the PED era is looked upon, which should open the door for names such as...well…you know the names.
Maybe the satisfaction is that on his final year of eligibility Tim Raines got in after it looked like he may have to wait for a Veterans Committee Selection that are rarely doled out.
This year just feels right.
As expected, the speeches from this trio were emotional and focused on family and teammates.
Rodriguez was particularly teary eyed when he looked at his father and exclaimed “If I’m a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer – double.” Pudge’s speech went back forth in Spanish and English much to the delight of the many Puerto Rican fans who made the trip. Only Johnny Bench made the Hall in his first try as a Catcher and fittingly he was on the dais as Rodriguez was enshrined.
The very humble Jeff Bagwell also thanked his family and in typical fashion talked about how he “wanted to score for my team and for (his) other players”. There were a slew of Astros fans present to welcome Bagwell to the Hall to join his teammate, Craig Biggio. Bagwell is sixth overall in JAWS amongst all First Basemen.
The long awaited induction of Tim Raines saw busloads of fans from Canada who are likely witnessing the last player to go in as a Montreal Expo. Raines thanked three Hall of Famers for being a positive influence on his career, Andre Dawson, George Brett and Rickey Henderson.
Not to be forgotten is that former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig also took his place amongst the immortals. Ironically Selig presided over the PED era thus convincing some Hall of Fame voters to overlook the Suspected and confirmed PED users.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate this year’s class. Our Baseball list for the next class is already up.