What began with an absolutely hilarious post by Grant Brisbee, escalated further today with two worthy reads on why Jeff Bagwell is being unfairly punished for the collective sins (by both players, executives and writers) of the so-called Steroid Era by being denied his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame.â†µ
Firstly, Mark Normandin, also of Baseball Nation, wrote a bit of a tongue in cheek snipe at those who talk about a 'character clause' for players admitted to the Hall of Fame. Astros County meanwhile has a detailed look into what changed between 1993 and 1994.
But the real article I wanted to talk about was this one from The Platoon Advantage. Basically, the Common Man accuses baseball writers who pass on Bagwell for suspected steroid use with absolutely zero proof of plagiarism. Many seem to be singing off the Tom Verducci hymn sheet, one of the most unfair and undeserved ribbing you will see in sports journalism.â†µ
However even with all this sensible argument floating in the air, the BBWAA will likely reject Bagwell by a similar margin to last year. Sad, but true.