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The Hall Of Fame Is Run By Idiots

Of course, we knew this already when their "Veterans Committee" (and I use the term loosely) didn't elect Ron Santo, or for that matter anyone, a couple months ago.

Now, they have announced that a proposed 15th anniversary salute to the movie "Bull Durham" has been cancelled because of the political stances of the film's stars, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins against the war.

I mean, how freakin' stupid is that? It will come as no surprise that Dale Petroskey, president of the HOF, is a former Reagan administration official, and as such is representative of the party that wants to suppress any opposing views.

Rob Neyer, ESPN.com columnist and a man whose opinions and writing I greatly respect, is quoted on the above-linked page as saying:

"This isn't censorship, by its most technical definition. But you know, there are various forms of censorship. Here, the message is that if you say anything deemed offensive by the powers that be -- Petroskey, by the way, spent many years working for Republican politicians -- you will be disciplined. And if that's not censorship, whatever it is ain't pretty. Let freedom ring."

Amen, brother. Yet another reason the baseball Hall of Fame is, sadly, falling into irrelevancy.