Brings a feeling we might lead
Get the vigilante sabermetric brigade!
Some parting thoughts on the Hall of Fame:
Neither Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens will be elected, but it would not be surprising if both get at least 50% from the Baseball Writers Association on Jan. 9. If so, that tells me they’re getting in eventually…I have no idea what Jack Morris’ career WAR is, any more than I have any idea what WAR itself is. I only know that the vigilante sabermetric brigade using all its advanced statistic formulas to contrive the case that Morris was somehow not a dominant No. 1 pitcher, probably never saw him pitch. I did, at least 40 times between postseasons and when Morris’ Tigers were in the American League East, and never once was he not the best pitcher in the game that day. … In any other era, from the ’30s through the ’80s, Fred McGriff’s record — 10 seasons of 30 or more homers, the most 20-homer seasons of any first baseman in history (14) 493 all told, two home run crowns, seven 100-RBI seasons and a .303 average with 10 homers and 37 RBI in 50 postseason games — would make him a no-brainer Hall-of-Famer. Unfortunately, in the era he played in he was dominated by players who used performance-enhancing drugs to dwarf his home run totals. It’s why, in my opinion, there was no bigger victim of the steroid cheats than McGriff and why this year I voted for him for the first time and will continue to vote for him for as long as he’s on the ballot.