|Internet writers have spoken, and they believe Mike Piazza should be in the Hall. (Getty Images)|
While it's the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) whose Hall of Fame vote is binding and determinative, the ballots of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) often yield more sensible results. This time around, the IBWAA has endorsed Mike Piazza for the Hall of Fame.
While the IBWAA ballot isn't precisely the same as the BBWAA ballot, it does track similarly. Piazza was named on 79.10 percent of IBWAA ballots, while Craig Biggio finished second with 64.18 percent. Piazza is, of course, eminently worthy of Cooperstown.
The IBWAA outcome will almost certainly differ greatly from the BBWAA results, as the latter appears poised to elect no candidate this time around.
And before you dismiss the IBWAA as a hootenanny of inconsequentials, know that its ranks include people such as former Dodgers GM Fred Claire, author Peter Golenbock, Jim Caple of ESPN.com and Tim Brown of Yahoo!.
In any event, a robust alternative to the puzzling and somewhat static ways of the BBWAA would certainly be welcome.
(HT: Mark Simon)