Voting works, so let it be.

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Maybe it's because we live in a Twitter and tweet world, but there also seems to be an overwhelming urge these days to Tweak.

Every year at about this time, the Tweakers take aim at the Baseball Hall of Fame and how it admits new members. As a Hall of Fame voter, I'm prejudiced, but I still can't see what the big deal is. The process works admirably, has for years and worked again this year.

Exactly who got into the Hall of Fame this year who didn't deserve to? Who deserved to but didn't get in? Nobody that I can see, and a look back at election results through the years shows that the baseball writers who cast Hall of Fame ballots have done a superb job.

If there is any controversy this year, it is invented controversy. Greg Maddux was elected. Tom Glavine was elected. Frank Thomas was elected. All were elected by overwhelming majorities, as they should have been. Craig Biggio was a close call, as he should have been. The voters got it right. They have nothing to apologize for.

If there is a perceived issue with any of the three future inductees, it is percentage of the vote. How could anyone not vote for a Maddux, a Glavine or a Thomas? I don't know -- I voted for them. I also know that there were 571 ballots cast, and in any country whose capital is not Pyongyang, you couldn't get 571 people to agree that the Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by water.

So a few people didn't vote for Maddux. Two people voted for J.T. Snow, and one voted for Armando Benitez. That's the idea behind having almost 600 people vote. It leaves room for a lot of different opinions.

The idea that percentage is important is ridiculous. In 1968, Richard Nixon got 43.4 percent of the vote and won the presidential election. In 1972, Nixon got 60.7 percent of the vote and won the presidential election. Both times, his mail was addressed to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Either you are in or you are out, and inside the room in Cooperstown, where each player's Hall of Fame plaque is displayed, Tom Seaver's isn't bigger than Bruce Sutter's because he got a higher percentage of votes.

There is an ongoing discussion about what to do with players who have been found guilty of using steroids, or who have been suspected of using them. There should be a discussion because it's not an easy call. Until Major League Baseball figures out in its own mind how to deal with those players, there is going to be a division among the voters.

Right now, sentiment is against them and getting...

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