Baseball writers need to all get on the same page, and Tuesday evening should be the time for that long overdue breakthrough.
Mariano Rivera must be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection by the Baseball Writers Association of America. There should not be a single no for Mo. The man with the most saves in baseball history at 652 should get 100 percent of the vote in this 75th BBWAA HOF election.
It must happen. Then next year Derek Jeter can follow with 100 percent, too, giving the Yankees the first two unanimous Baseball Hall of Fame selections.
It’s really not that hard, voters.
Cooperstown needs to get this right, finally.
How can it be that no player has garnered 100 percent of the votes. Ken Griffey Jr. is at the top of the list with 99.3 percent of the vote. In 2016, three of 440 writers left Griffey, who was only a 13-time All-Star, off their ballots.
This is something that should have been done long ago, but the BBWAA voters couldn’t agree on The Big Fella. In their waxing-poetic minds somehow Babe Ruth, who revolutionized and saved the game after the Black Sox scandal, wasn’t good enough, despite his 714 home runs.
The Great Bambino should have been the Unanimous Bambino.
Let’s make it Unanimous Mo come 6 p.m. Tuesday (MLB Network). It’s past time, dating all the way back to 1936.
The writers really messed that up. Ruth tallied 95.13 percent of the vote. In all, 226 writers voted, and 11 of them did not vote for Ruth. Eleven clueless writers.
Interestingly, that first year Honus Wagner was voted into the Hall and 11 writers refused to vote for him. Ty Cobb led the way with 222 votes.