There are a few key baseball events that I usually look forward to: Spring Training, the Regular Season, the All-Star game, the MLB Draft, the postseason, the Hot Stove and last but not least…the Hall of Fame announcement. Today, Major League Baseball will announce which player will head to Cooperstown and will be forever enshrined in the Baseball HOF.
Baseball fans are expecting Greg Maddux to be a first time inductee (although he might not have a unanimous vote because of Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick’s beliefs.) Fans are also expecting players to enter the HOF this year, especially after the rare HOF drought last year.
The Hall of Fame is an interesting time of year where beat writers, baseball bloggers and fans debate why certain players should be allowed in the Hall of Fame and why certain players shouldn’t. It’s a fascinating debate and it’s one I like taking part of to a certain extent; I even took a mock ballot and expressed which ten players I would have voted for in a blog post yesterday. However, it’s also interesting to just sit back and watch writers and fans debate and try to see their vote from their respective perspectives.
The announcement looms closer and tensions begin to rise. Who will make it to the Hall of Fame and who would have to wait until next year to have a chance to enter Cooperstown? Coverage begins at noon on MLB Network, where the formal announcement will take place at 2 p.m. ET.