Craig Biggio missed election to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame & Museum Class of 2014 by the narrowest of margins this week, but there’s at least one BWAA member thrilled to explain his reasoning. Enter former Cincinnati Enquirer / Cincinnati City Beat cartoonist Jerry Dowling (link culled from Hall Of Very Good / Baseball Think Factory) :
I refuse to vote for a guy who cheats, as Biggio did with all that armor on his arm, so he could get hit with pitches and trot to first base as a result. He made no attempt to avoid getting hit and actually stuck that arm out further, inducing the ball to smack him.
That, my friends, is against the rules and umpires should be calling that shit a ball, but they don’t. I once asked umpire John McSherry about that, and he skirted around the question, never answering it.