Pitchers drafted in the late rounds represent much smaller investments for the teams and are therefore expendable. This creates an incentive for the teams to push those late round draft picks who throw very hard through the minor league system quickly with little concern for their futures.
The voting for the Hall of Fame is still hamstrung by a flawed electoral system, a backlog of good candidates and myriad steroid related problems, but the election of these three candidates is possibly a step in the right direction.
Sport is meant to be our national forum for tolerance and equality. Treating gay people differently implies that being gay is abnormal! Does anyone still believe that the Earth is flat? Or that the Mets have a shot at the playoffs in 2013?
This year the Baseball Writer's Association of America failed to elect anybody to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This was partially because some all time greats were linked to steroid use. The steroid issue, however, only partially explains why nobody was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Baseball fans now know the answer to the question about whether or not the very brightest stars of an era forever linked with performance enhancing drugs will pay the price in the form of Hall of Fame entry, or lack thereof.
We have a Hall of Fame filled with many players who played in a segregated era and said nothing, who either took amphetamines or looked the way while others did and probably even players who said nothing about the gambling and betting on baseball they saw around them.
Once a year from 1963 to 1996, if a fan made a sign or a banner celebrating the New York Mets, they were allowed to parade their work around the field, and former players or celebrities would choose the best. This past Sunday, the Mets decided to bring back Banner Day.
With the ticket money squirreled away, the thousands not spent on parking, plus the cash I wouldn't have squandered on $5 waters and $6 pretzels, I'd now be in position to become an equity partner in the NY Mets.