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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Deadspin Responds to Chass under “Mediocrities” Tag

Deadspin responds to Chass:

“Anyone still want to argue that the Hall of Fame election process isn’t a mockery and a farce that deserves to be subverted in every way possible?”

pthomas Posted: January 02, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. madvillain Posted: January 02, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4628612)
It's ironic that Chass is willing to leave the ballot blank "in order to prove a point" but finds it abhorrent that Deadspin would buy a ballot in order to also "prove a point". Chass has zero self-awareness and as noted often on his posts here it must be a real treat to sit around the kitchen table with him while he babbles on about this and that without even a hint of irony.
   2. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: January 02, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4628649)
"The Hall of Fame was founded in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark, the owner of a local hotel. Clark sought to bring tourists to a city hurt by the Great Depression, which reduced the local tourist trade, and Prohibition, which devastated the local hops industry."

It had a good run. Time for a competitor to open its doors.
   3. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 02, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4628673)
I once heard from a drunk who was humping my mailbox that baseball was invented in Detroit in 1815 by a hero of the War of 1812. There's your site for a HOF competitor.
   4. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: January 02, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4628680)
It had a good run. Time for a competitor to open its doors.


The problem with this theory is the sycophantic relationship that exists between MLB and the Hall at this point. Google the HOF's board members. It's Bud Selig, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro and a bevy of other MLB names. That, combined with the trove of artifacts the Cooperstown museum has (that no competitor could hope to recreate) and you have a monopoly on the idea, really.

The best thing to do, as with most of these issues, is to mock it from afar and refuse to give them your money.
   5. AJMcCringleberry Posted: January 02, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4628682)
I once heard from a drunk who was humping my mailbox that baseball was invented in Detroit in 1815 by a hero of the War of 1812. There's your site for a HOF competitor.

Detroit or your mailbox?
   6. villageidiom Posted: January 02, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4628684)
I once heard from a drunk who was humping my mailbox
Based on this phrasing I considered that "mailbox" might be a euphemism, and that thought has ruined my day, if not my life.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 02, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4628691)
The most significant advantage of using the BBWAA for HoF voting is that it is a fairly large pool, as these things go. It can easily survive the embarrassment of a Chass or Pearlman, and is far superior to to voting mechanisms used by other sports, which are more analogous to Cooperstown's Veterans Committee.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: January 02, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4628750)
Yeah, what #7 said. The existence of a small number of yahoos doesn't demean "the process" in any way.

The election of, say, Kirby Puckett and Bruce Sutter and the non-election of Bonds and Clemens or, say, Larry Walker tell us much, much more about how (well) the system works. Chass's bloviating is no more material to the process than the SWP presidential candidate is to presidential elections.

EDIT: That is not to say that I would object to the BBWAA taking away the votes of committed (and committable!) yahoos. Step 1 would to stop accepting blank ballots. Yes, a blank ballot is potentially legit in rare years but never as a "protest."
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 02, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4628753)
I once heard from a drunk who was humping my mailbox

Based on this phrasing I considered that "mailbox" might be a euphemism, and that thought has ruined my day, if not my life.


I just hope that the drunk's "zip code" was 9 digits, and not just 5. Or, the opposite. It's entirely Hang Down's call.
   10. Select Storage Device Posted: January 02, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4628763)
I have it on good authority Chass's source is a Mr. P. Parker. He even got pics from some German fella by the name of Spieder Mehn -- but those of have been tied up in the courts by the Biggio/Piazza camps for years.

/chompscigar
/continuestobeaneffingidiot
   11. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4628772)
The best thing to do, as with most of these issues, is to mock it from afar


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