Cap Anson is in the Hall of Fame

Cap Anson played primarily for the team that would go on to become the Chicago Cubs in the late 19th century. He was one of the premier players of his era. To modern era eyes his most notable on field accomplishments are his 3,435 hits, his 2,075 RBI and his .334/.394/.447 slash line. Those are Hall of Fame numbers in any era. What doesn't get mentioned as much about Mr. Anson is that he was a vocal racist. His bigotry and popularity were so famous during his time that some baseball historians feel that Anson played a critical role in segregating the professional game in the late 19th century. When professional baseball was first established it was an integrated affair. That didn't last, and there are those who believe that the influence of players led by Cap played a critical role in establishing the game's greatest shame.

Of course this dude is in the Hall of the Fame. Does his Hall of Fame plaque mention anything about what a monster he was? Nope. It reads, "Greatest Hitter and Greatest National League Player-Manager of 19th century. Started with Chicago in National League's first year 1876. Chicago manager from 1879 to 1897, winning 5 pennants. Was .300 class hitter 20 years, batting champion 4 times." It doesn't say anywhere on the plaque the irreversible damage he helped inflict upon the game and the country.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were not elected to the Hall of Fame this year, for reasons I won't revisit here. That's a shame, because baseball's Hall of Fame is painting itself into a tighter and tighter corner as some of the game's greatest players are being denied enshrinement. When Pete Rose was the only famous aberration, a player with a Hall of Fame resume but not a plaque, the situation was tenable. But over time, as an entire generation of great players who have made their marks on the record books begin piling up outside Cooperstown without getting a ticket in, a severe imbalance is going to emerge in the game's history. The Hall of Fame will cease to be a useful arbiter to determine who the all time greats are because many obvious all time greats won't be there, the Home Run King among them.

And there won't be a well reasoned argument for this. A little bit of research will reveal that there are plenty of cheaters in the Hall, just not steroid cheaters. More critically, a little bit more research will reveal that there are truly loathsome individuals in the Hall, people far worse than Barry Bonds.

That's the problem with what is taking place right now. The baseball writers are being hypocritical, denying players they can remember an opportunity to be in Cooperstown without assessing who is already in there. As a result, baseball is missing an opportunity to examine its recent past constructively while still acknowledging what has happened recently on the field. Until baseball figures out how it wants to celebrate Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens without also celebrating their steroid use the Hall of Fame will have established a strange set of rules: steroids are poison, but racism and other crimes are passable.

Why I Deserve To Be In The Hall Of Fame

All the votes are in, and when the ballot results are released on January 9th, we'll finally know if I've been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After much anticipation, and six weeks of long and tedious debates, the Baseball Writers Association of America will finally make their selection, a statement that marks those amongst the greatest and most historic players in a century and a half of baseball. Looking upon this year's ballot, I feel comfortable saying that I finally of a chance to reach my lifelong goal. Though there is still some stiff competition, let me explain to you why I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

I didn't cheat, that is, I didn't break any of Major League Baseball's rules regarding performance enhancing drugs. While other nominees were surrounded by these temptations, there is no way of knowing which of them took something and what it is they took. Of all the possible players that could be voted in this year, I am the only one that definitely did not play a single game on anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, or stimulants. While Barry Bonds may have been the single greatest offensive player in the history of baseball, there is absolutely no way that I cheated.

In the same sense that I didn't play a single game while on performance enhancing drugs, I also didn't play a single game that I gambled on. Even great players like Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Pete Rose have been punished for gambling, but rest assured that there is nothing that could possibly connect me to gambling, while I was a part of Major League Baseball that is.

I know what you're all saying, I like this guy, this is the type of character that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but what do his numbers look like? Well, I'm not much of a statistics guy myself, but you'd be very impressed with the type of historic digits you'll find on my baseball card. I have some incredibly big round numbers that you'd be shocked to see, even in a record book. My ERA, loss record, BB/9, and homeruns allowed are historically low, and even as a hitter, I rarely struck out or went without a hit in scoring position opportunities.

Finally, I'd like to compare myself to players that I know have received votes. Famous non-cheater, Jack Morris, will likely garner a large number of votes this year, and I can't argue against that. But while I acknowledge that his non-steroid are impressive, I believe that I have the better numbers. I mean, the guy's got a career ERA+ of 105 and FIP- of 97, that's barely above average, or so I'm told. No one could ever call my career baseball average.

I know for a fact that I've made more contributions to the game than anyone on John Fay's or Mark Faller's ballot. After decades of obeying Major League Baseball's rules, I believe that Wednesday will finally be my turn to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2013 Yankee Analysts Hall of Fame Voting

Right now, a lot of BBWAA members are looking over their Hall of Fame ballots, and deciding who to vote for. With only 10 spots on the ballots for votes, the results this year are certainly going to be interesting. A lot of deserving players will fail to clear the bar, and the Veteran's Committee will be watching. We don't have votes, but if we did, below are how your TYA bloggers would vote for the Hall of Fame.

The results are pretty homogeneous, for good reason. We are all of similar mindsets, and have similar epistemological approaches about baseball. I included some interesting names that did not garner votes on  the bottom.

Who would you vote for? Were we dead wrong about any of the candidates? Who do you expect the BBWAA writers to vote for? Let's hear it.