Yesterday, the baseball Hall of Fame voters did not elect a single person to the baseball Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio came the closest at 68%, but it appears that the handful of viable candidates, coupled with the fact that pretty much everyone was either proven to be doing or rumored to be doing PEDs at some point, meant not one player got the 75% of total votes needed to enter the Hall.
The New York Times decided to take a minimalistic approach in their coverage. Here’s the cover they ran on the front page of the sports section:
Apparently, a picture of Cooperstown with a “closed” sign wouldn’t cut it. People on Twitter are reacting every which way, and that’s their prerogative. But The New York Times? They’re quite pleased with themselves.
Darren Rovell spoke with sports section editor Joe Sexton, and here’s what he had to say about it.
“Wayne Kamidoi, our boundary pushing art designer, came up with the idea, and Jay Schreiber, our baseball editor, saw the chance to capture the very old, very dispiriting story of steroids in baseball in a freshly powerful way. Yes, it was not a surprise that Bonds and Clemens didn’t make it. But felt like history had spoken. How to convey that to our readers? I think we did it — a striking, profound emptiness.”