The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
in the hearth of New York State, there's a town that is located in the
middle of nowhere. This town, known as Cooperstown, qualifies for the
words charming, quaint, and historic, and is home to the Hall of Fame of
Baseball. The Hall was constructed in 1936, in what is assumed to be
the inventing ground of baseball by Abner Doubleday. Inventions are
always a matter of disagreements, and this one in no exception.
town has managed to stay the same since its early days. There is still
pretty much one signal on the Main Street and nothing more. Restaurants
and hotels are there naturally. But even these are scattered along the
Lake Otsego, and not clustered at busy interactions and strip malls. The
Hall of Fame itself is quite moderate in size. However, it is packed
with photos, artifacts, and plaques. Not many interactive exhibits exist
here. You won't find an amusement park or a petting zoo in this place.
This town personifies the feel of baseball; there is no rush, only
reverence and joy for this great game.
the heart of the Hall is the gallery of plaques, which line a long
hallway with plaques of players who have made it into the Hallowed Hall.
The visitors in this Hall are not restricted from touching the plaques,
and they often do that. You can easily catch the faces of greats
shining due to the admiring hands touching them every day. You can find
players that have the numbers which prove they are meant to be in the
Hall. Then there are others who inspire more from fans than
appreciation; they are outright adored.
The Hall of Fame 2013
Writers' Association has spoken, and this time not a single Hall of
Fame candidate is getting inducted for 2013. But an underlying fact is
that some of the players are not likely to ever get inducted now.
some player simply didn't have the numbers to get into the Hall, or
whether he or she has been involved in the scandal of performance
enhancement drugs, some of the players will never make the cut. They can
stay at the ballots for the allowed fifteen years if they manage to get
5% votes every year, but they will most likely never get 75% of votes
that is required for inductees into the Hall.
year also came with the probability that some fringe players who
weren't involved in the steroids scandal may get inducted into the Hall
of Fame. This, too, didn't happen. The coming years might see writers
neglect some players, as they are allotted a total of 10 votes only. For
instance, Jack Morris has only one more year remaining for eligibility,
but the 2014 ballot will see more interesting names like Greg Maddux
and Tom Glavine for example, which is likely to cut his chances of
getting into the Hall. Some players who missed out on this year's ballot
are Tim Raines, Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly, Sammy Sosa, Lee Smith,
Alan Trammel, and Rafael Palmeiro, among others.