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The Voters Have Spoken ...

posted Jan 9, 2013, 2:56 PM by Jeff Gravens   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 3:02 PM ]
I grew up a diehard baseball fan. So much so that I rooted for the Texas Rangers in the early 90’s and early 2000’s. If you remember – those weren’t good years for the ball club.  Yet, while I rooted for the Rangers, I was a fan of the entire sport of baseball. This will expose my youth …

I have found childhood memories of Cal Ripken Jr. bringing baseball back to life after the strike of 1994. I remember with great joy Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa racing to break Roger Maris’s record of 61 homeruns in a season. I watched in awe as McGwire finished with 70 and Sosa finished with 68.  Speaking of homerun records, I later watched as Barry Bonds finished with a record-breaking 762 career homeruns.

Yet, today is a sad day for baseball. A number of the baseball giants from my youth were eligible to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Who will make it in this year? 

No one. We will see what happens in the years to come.

The era in which I grew up watching baseball is smeared with a steroid controversy. Can we move past the label “controversy”? It is now plainly obvious that Major League Baseball in the 1980’s and 1990’s was marred with players using performance-enhancing drugs.  The vote today by the BWAA is a public smack on the wrist. Unfortunately, even those worthy candidates with no connection to PED’s were denied entrance to the HOF, Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza, for example.

Yet, the smack on the wrist is well-deserved. While I’m sympathetic to ballplayers like Biggio and Piazza, the use of PED’s will always come up when players from this era are judged in term of all time greatness.

On another note, as a pastor I urge followers of Jesus to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received (Ephesians 4:1).” Some will do a poor job of this and it will reflect poorly on all of those who bear the name of Jesus Christ. Yet, that is beyond our control.

I urge YOU to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Here's to next year for Biggio and Piazza.
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