In a rebuke of steroid-tainted stars, baseball writers didn't elect any candidates to the Hall this year. For the first time since 1960, there will be no living inductees. The only three people being inducted were voted in by a committee reconsidering individuals from the era before integration in 1947...
The result is like a scene out of "Field of Dreams." The new inductees are former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, former umpire Hank O'Day and former catcher/third baseman Deacon White, whose career ended in 1890.
Hank O'Day? He's my favorite umpire! Well, second favorite, after Nestor Chylak (HOF Class of '99).
"It will definitely have a different flavor than when we have fans who come to celebrate living inductees," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said.
"No shit," replied everybody.
The only living person accepting an official honor is Paul Hagen, a longtime Philadelphia columnist who is receiving an award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
Mission accomplished, BBWAA.
[T]his year's all-ghost class presented a couple of unique challenges.
The first was finding people to give the induction speeches. Typically, if an inductee is deceased, the Hall asks his widow or next of kin to speak on his behalf. But the three inductees this year all died before 1940, so their immediate relatives are long gone...
They settled on White's great grandson, Ruppert's great grandniece and O'Day's great grandnephew.
So who's actually going to go to this?
1) Jacob Ruppert's great-grandniece.
2) Assorted members of the best club in the world.
3) People who know they can get on ESPN if they hold up signs saying, "JUST SAY NO TO STEROID CHEATS."