Baseball should be proud of Griffey and Piazza. Griffey's plaque will be the first one showing an inductee in a Mariner cap. A big deal in this part of the country.
It was nice to have a slight interruption in the constant Seahawk talk.
Some day, long after I have departed the planet, a new generation of baseball writers will look at the stats of Jackson, Rose, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Clemons, Palmeiro, and perhaps a few others and wonder what all the fuss was about. They will be immune to such current characteristic flaws as boozing, womanizing, PED use, and numerous other shortcomings. (and they will not hold biases against great DH's)
This society is culturally going downhill. America will soon likely elect a female President whose advisors make Richard Nixon's personnel look like Sunday School teachers. Today's flaws will be tomorrow's rites of passage.
The younger baseball writers will no doubt have been involved in these kinds of activities themselves. They will not blackball players who have the stats for induction.
Most, if not all, of the players named above will be inducted into the Hall.
Bagwell, Raines, Hoffman, and maybe a few others who barely missed the needed percentages this year will eventually make the HOF.Remember that it took four years of balloting to select Piazza to the Hall.
From Bill Rogers
And what about Ken Williams and Roy Sievers in the Hall?