Ivan Rodriguez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, along with Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.
Rodriguez, a first-timer, needed just about every vote he received. He finished with 76 percent of the vote – barely above the 75 percent threshold required for enshrinement.
Scott Miller didn’t vote for him.
“I don’t vote for steroid guys,” the Bleacher Report MLB writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I did not vote for Pudge. He got in not on my vote. I think he juiced. I disagree with putting steroid performers in the Hall of Fame because I know that famous character clause always comes into play, and some people think it’s ridiculous. But when you’re given a ballot, one of the things they instruct you to consider is sportsmanship and character and fair play. The most important thing in sports is integrity and fair play. When my team plays your team, maybe you win, maybe I win. But at the very least, we hope it’s an even playing field and it’s fair. The steroid guys completely cheated themselves, their teammates, the game, they cheated guys that played the game before (them), they rewrote the record books. To me, I can’t get past the cheating. I know my one vote isn’t necessarily going to change things, but I refuse to endorse those who cheated and cheated blatantly with a Hall of Fame vote. That’s why I didn’t vote for Pudge and the others.”
Miller also did not vote for Curt Schilling, who received just 45 percent of the vote – down from 52.3 last year. It doesn’t appear that he will ever get in the Hall.
“Yeah, it looks that way,” Miller said. “If he hasn’t been on Twitter yet, he will be soon, I’m sure, ranting and raving, saying this is politics, (that) because he’s so hard right, all those liberal media guys won’t vote for him. Maybe in a couple cases, that’s true. I don’t know. It’s absolutely not true with me. I have not voted for Schilling since he came on the ballot before he started tweeting the crazy stuff he tweets. I respect him. His postseason, for me, almost gets him in, but he only has 216 career wins. He’s nowhere even close to 300. I know, again, the analytics guys will tell you wins are becoming a passe stat. They still mean something, (and) 216 is pretty light. He had a lot of mediocre years in there. He was great when he was great, but for me, it wasn’t long enough and it wasn’t consistent enough.”