Life makes no sense.
Although Smith is a fine if unspectacular choice for induction, it’s Baines who represents one of the most baffling and poor Hall of Fame choices in decades.
There’s no real argument for Baines as a Hall of Famer. If you can put one together, it’s probably a bad one. You’d have an easier time making a case that he’s one of the worst Hall of Famers ever: Of the 157 hitters enshrined, Baines would rank 144th by bWAR, alongside such dubious and dusty choices as George Kell, Chick Hafey, and Rick Ferrell.
But more than anything, it just makes the Hall look stupid and reactionary. It’s the kind of silliness that makes you wonder if yet another revamp of the era committees is needed. And while I’m happy for Baines that he gets his moment in the sun (and Smith, too), it’s an indefensible and embarrassing choice that makes you wish the voters had gone with the shutout instead.
Now, the BBWAA will be voting in January on the following new players:
Returning to the ballot are:
Edgar Martínez (70.4%,10th year)
Mike Mussina (63.5%, 6th year)
Roger Clemens (57.3%, 7th year)
Barry Bonds (56.4%, 7th year)
Curt Schilling (51.2%, 6th year)
Omar Vizquel (37.0%, 2nd year)
Larry Walker (34.1%, 9th year)
Fred McGriff (23.2%, 10th year)
Manny Ramírez (22.0%, 3rd year)
Jeff Kent (14.5%, 6th year)
Gary Sheffield (11.1%, 5th year)
Billy Wagner (11.1%, 4th year)
Scott Rolen (10.2%, 2nd year)
Sammy Sosa (7.8%, 7th year)
Andruw Jones (7.3%, 2nd year).
Who do you think should get in?