So no one got in, at least not on the writers' ballot.
I don't know...given what I expected, I'd say it wasn't bad at all. Jack Morris failed to move up; he may have a surge next year, but then again it's just as likely that extra publicity won't help him. The thing about Morris is that this isn't a "traditional stats" vs. "sabermetric stats" thing. Any careful look at the stats may hurt him. His case really is that weak.
The worst thing that happened was that Bernie Williams (clearly below my line) and Kenny Lofton (close call) both fell off the ballot -- but in Lofton's case it was pretty much expected, since he really doesn't have a HOF profile. I actually would have guessed that Williams would survive to next year; he might have been zapped by the one-and-out rule combined with voters who believe in the 1st ballot thing.
Speaking of which...as much as I think that there's absolutely no difference at all between Bonds and Clemens on the one hand and Mays and Bonds on the other, I really don't care if they have to wait a few years. I don't care if Palmiero and McGwire wind up going in ten, even twenty years from now. I don't care if they make Piazza and Bagwell wait based on rumors. As long as they all wind up going in, and I think they all will.
The biggest problem right now is the ballot logjam; next year there will be over ten automatic types, and another half dozen or so solid ones. We're at the point where some guys will fall off even sensible ballots because of the ten vote cap. And that's without idiots who self-impose some sort of lower maximum, even outside of the rest of it.
All that said: wow, a lot of the writers really made fools of themselves. I watched a good-sized chunk of MLB network on HOF day, and read a bunch of stuff...it was just unreal. I heard I think more than one guy swear he would never vote for any steroid-era player, and then defend a vote for Jack Morris, who whatever else you think of him was in fact active during the "steroid era." I heard several writers who expressed absolute certainty that multiple players were "clean." And I'm not talking here about overlooking amphetamines, or saying that certain guys never had rumors about them; I'm talking about writers who are absolutely convinced that they know which guys never touched steroids. Just unreal.
Anyway. I'm as convinced as ever that the'll all wind up in. The HOF simply has too strong an interest in (1) having inductions, and (2) honoring a relatively good version of the greatest ever players. As I've said before: there's nothing that makes the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown the real, authentic, HOF that counts except that we all believe that it is. And if it's a joke, then we'll find some other real or virtual HOF to care about. So the Hall can't just skip a generation of players. Meanwhile, the writers only have the vote because it works well for the Hall; if it stops working well, they'll find a different set of voters. We know the history of this: whenever something goes wrong and they stop inducting players, they change the rules to get the pipeline moving again.
And with that, the date for pitchers and catchers to report is just barely over the horizon. Excellent!