Edgar and the Hall
The Hall of Fame ballots were released today, and this year, no one got in. Edgar Martinez maintained his 36% vote threshold, so he remains on the ballot, but is nowhere close to being elected. And, while I would be in favor of his election, the reality is that he’s not getting in any time soon, and maybe not ever.
With the glut of players coming on the ballot, the down-ballot carryovers have no real chance of being elected any time soon. With the voting body throwing their hands in the air and deciding that electing worthy players is just too difficult of a job, even slam-dunk candidates are getting shut out. For Edgar, the only real hope is that, in 10 years, the logjam has been cleared, and he gets a huge late push like Jack Morris has, and the voting pool changes towards folks who are more open to newer metrics that show Martinez’s value.
But, until then, this is basically going to be an annual “nope, not this year” post. There’s nothing we can do about it. All the campaigning in the world won’t help changing the pool of voters, and the current pool of voters aren’t going to ever put Edgar in.