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Bud Selig: Hall of Fame vote does not diminish MLB

January 09, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated…)

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Commissioner Bud Selig dismissed as "ridiculous" the concept that the stature of the Hall of Fame or Major League Baseball has been damaged by this year's Hall of Fame vote, in which no players were elected.

Selig called induction into the Hall of Fame "the greatest honor a player can get" and said he saw no need to change the voting system, conducted by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America at the direction of the Hall of Fame.

Selig, speaking at the team owners' meetings, started his comments by answering the question of whether he was unhappy at Wednesday's Hall of Fame shutout.

"No. Why would I be?" he said. "The Hall of Fame is the greatest honor a player can get. A very small percentage of players. Next year, I think you'll have a rather large class, and this year, for whatever reasons, you had a couple of guys who came very close.

"This is not to be voted on to make sure someone gets in every year. It's to be voted on to make sure that they're deserving. I respect the writers as well as the hall itself.

"This idea that this somehow diminishes the hall or baseball is ridiculous, in my opinion."

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