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Friday, December 01, 2017

Heyman | Morgan Has Right To Express Opinion—Now Ignore It

Tell us what you really think, Jon.

If the issue is the messenger, I’ve got no issue with the complaints. As annoying as Morgan was announcing baseball games, he was fifty times more annoying than that in person. He acted like he had his own personal caste system, with himself at the top, other ballplaying greats next, people who could help him after that and the rest of us lower than the dirt he played on. There are a few other arrogant former players, but he was the king of arrogance.

In the letter he wrote, he stated that he has the utmost “respect” for writers. So I’m sure that annoyed writers who were disrespected by him over the years. (And he lost all credibility the moment he said he had the utmost respect for the voters.)

I assume anyone with a pen around in those days started off with a negative impression of Morgan, and it seems those who received the letter think even worse of him now, if that’s possible. (Not that it matters, but I didn’t actually receive a letter. Maybe he noticed my previous votes, or maybe it went to the spam folder.)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Agree or Disagree, Morgan Has Right to Express Himself – Inside the Seams

I know having respect for differences of opinion isn’t in vogue. Although I disagree strongly and find flaws in his logic, I don’t have a problem with the expression of his opinion.

Morgan’s letter was polite, but to the point. Agree or disagree, it was Morgan’s right to speak his mind, just like anyone else. Will his presentation impact the voting? It could, particularly if a voter is uncertain of his stance on the issue.

Is that any sillier than the recently cast ballot where a voter declined to vote for Barry Bonds because of the steroid issue, but did vote for Roger Clemens, explaining that Clemens was dominate even before steroids became an issue. And Bonds wasn’t?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons gets his digs in defense of Joe Morgan.

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers had been.

I worked with Joe Morgan for years. We disagreed, sometimes heartily, always with respect. I get his recent letter to Hall of Fame voters, I have privately understood his love of the game, what The Hall means to that game, and why it is one of our great Americana museums. I’ve read columns that accused him of hypocrisy because he advocated for Pete Rose’s inclusion in Cooperstown, which he does not. When the All Star Game was played in Cincinnati recently, I did an event with Morgan and Johnny Bench and because it was for Cincinnati fans who revere the players and teams of the Big Red Machine of the 1970’s, the Rose HOF issue was never addressed. The two great Hall of Famers thought the world of Rose as a teammate, but do not advocate his candidacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan, notes

 

 

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