Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pedro Martinez Hall of Fame tribute; MLB should end voting, form a committee

In a sea of incredible Pedro Martinez moments with the Red Sox, here's the one that sticks out the most in my memory:

You can actually watch this full game on YouTube.  Based off of Pedro's remarkable 1999 season, in March of 2000 Sports Illustrated anointed Boston the future World Series champions.  They weren't wrong, just four years too early.

As far as the MLB Hall of Fame goes, I don't think there's anybody on the planet who is pleased with the current voting system.  My solution?  Start from scratch.  Scrap the balloting altogether.  Form the MLB HOF Committee.

Lock all the members in a room for one weekend a year to decide who gets in.  Just like a jury, nobody leaves until everybody agrees.  It's easy to act like a jerk and forgo common sense on a paper ballot that gets mailed in.  It's a lot harder to do it in real life to peoples faces.

Recounting the greatest sports moment of my lifetime: The 2004 Boston Red Sox
Selecting the Boston Red Sox All-21st Century Team, Position by Position (on Bleacher Report)

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