Today was a tough one for me, watching Mike Piazza come up just short of the Baseball Hall of Fame, 28 votes to be exact. And frankly, it just ain’t right. It has nothing to do with the guys who were inducted. Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson are without a doubt deserving of a first ballot induction (how people didn’t vote for them is beyond me). John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were phenomenal players, both also deserving of Cooperstown. So is Mike Piazza. So why did he fall short? Seriously, I haven’t really heard a decent reason yet. He is undeniably the greatest hitting catcher of all-time. There is no debate, the numbers speak for themselves. His statistics are absolutely unheard of for a catcher; it literally just does not happen.
There is zero evidence or history of him ever using steroids. There are rumors, that’s it. There’s also rumors that he was gay, but last time I checked he married some kind of porn star (How to prove you’re not gay 101). For whatever reason, the some of the voters have a suspicion that he may have used PED’s. But there’s no proof, there’s no evidence. Nothing more than innuendo. I heard one writer say he won’t vote for Piazza because, in addition to his own suspicion, he heard from a player that he took steroids. Not sure how that’s a credible source considering that it’s no more than he said-she said. Same guy also said he won’t vote for him because Piazza will get in anyway and doesn’t need his vote. I don’t know if that even makes sense. Another guy voted for Barry Bonds but not Mike Piazza, maybe the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard. It just doesn’t make sense. The entire system is flawed, you got some guys voting that have never played a game of baseball in their lives I bet. Guys in the Hall of Fame should be voting. Managers past and present should be voting. Not these biased nerds who sit behind a computer all day. Piazza is my favorite athlete ever, so my opinion is absolutely biased. But I state facts, and the fact that he didn’t get in today, last year, or the year before that because of suspicion is a travesty.
On a positive note, Mike Piazza’s numbers have trended upwards over the last 3 years, in a way that’s quite uncommon. In 2013 he had 57.8%. Last year 62.2%. And today 69.9% (of the needed 75% to get in). He’s going to get in. It’s just a matter of when, not if. And it looks like next year will be the year. The only other locks to get in next year in my opinion, both first ballot guys, are Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman. I woke up today not expecting him to get the 75% he needed, but thinking about it more and more, he should have. It should have been today, and it should have been last year, and it should have been the year before that. But it will be next year. He is one of the all-time greats, and it’s about time he’s recognized and honored as exactly that.