The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees were announced yesterday. Once again Mike Piazza was not elected. We addressed Piazza when he was left off the ballot last year, I can’t think of anything else to say on him. However, unlike the 2013 total snub, three players were elected yesterday, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tom Glavine. Others can feel free to cheer that, but for me personally I can’t think of a less inspiring group of candidates. When the induction ceremony begins I don’t know where I will be, but it sure won’t be Cooperstown.
Logically I have no reason to have any problem with Frank Thomas. And mostly I am over Frank. But anyone who knew me when Thomas played knows that I found him frustrating. The production numbers are all there for us to see, Frank Thomas is a Hall of Fame hitter. But when I watched him all I could focus on was this mammoth man taking 3-1 fastballs down the middle. It drove me nuts. People then would tell me that this is why he was great, which made me even crazier. As a stubborn guy, I still submit that it was because he was a great hitter, who could turn around and clobber a tougher pitch at 3-2. A rare talent. And as evidence I submit Lucas Duda, our current mammoth man who apes Frank’s style. That style is not leading to the Hall of Fame for Lucas. But overall, yes I know, I’m being dumb about Frank, even I have grown some over twenty years. Now take your bow and go away.
Maddux, of course is certainly a Hall of Famer by any standards. I’m not arguing that at all. And of these three candidates I respected him the most. But this guy played for the Braves, and the Braves stood in the way and blocked some very good Mets fans of the chance to be very special. Considering how good those Mets teams were that creates vivid memories of the Braves. They are not good ones, and I never relish any reminders.
But what makes this ceremony unbearable is Tom Glavine. A guy who gets in because all the years he pitched for the Braves he threw the ball in the dugout and umpires called it a strike. Then, he signed with the Mets, the National League instituted a system called QuesTec to keep the umpires honest and Glavine had to throw his pitches in the vicinity of the batters. From that day on Glavine went from a “great” pitcher to a good one. So when it comes to Tom Glavine I don’t get it. If PED users can’t get in to the Hall of Fame, or Pete Rose, I don’t know why we are honoring a player who benefited from a dishonest strike zone.
Tom Glavine, ugh. He signs with the Mets for big money and then spends the entire time making it painfully obvious he did it as some type of tour of duty. Ugh. All that time pining away for his old friends with his precious Braves. Tom Glavine was Richie Hebner with more talent. I’m not interested in celebrating that. Tom Glavine? I was sitting there at Shea on September 30, 2007. If any Mets fan wants to forgive and forget with Glavine, they are a better man than I am. Tom Glavine in the Hall of Fame. Ugh. Who is next, Roberto Alomar? Wait, what?
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. If anyone wants an intelligent logical post about these inductees they have come to the wrong place. Being a fan includes an emotional component and this year’s inductees strike a nerve with me.
The best thing about it for me is it means I haven’t had to watch any of them for five years. Good riddance.