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Selig calls Hall of Fame voting backlash 'ridiculous'

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has heard the Hall of Fame criticisms following Wednesday’s voting results.

He just doesn’t buy it.

For the first time since 1996, no player earned the minimum 75 per cent support required for induction, including the game’s all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young award winner, Roger Clemens.

The results, the voting process and even what the Hall now represents, have all come into question as a result.

But not in Selig’s eyes.

“The idea that this somehow diminishes the Hall, or baseball is ridiculous,” Selig told reporters Wednesday.

Former New York Mets general manager and current MLB Network analyst Jim Duquette says the Hall of Fame electorate — currently restricted to members of the Baseball Writers Association of America with 10 years or more standing — needs to change.

“One third of the voters aren’t even covering the sport of baseball right now,” Duquette said Wednesday. “That is a major problem to me.”

For the class of 2013, there were 569 eligible Hall of Fame voters.