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One and done.

I placed an X next to Jack Morris on my Hall of Fame ballot, and I was finished voting. If Morris is elected, I will most likely be finished voting period. If Morris is not elected this time, I will vote for him next year in his final year of eligibility and then be done.

Barring a change in my thinking, which I don’t expect, I believe the time has come to relinquish my right as a 10-year (actually 50-year) member of the Baseball Writers Association of America to vote in the Hall of Fame election.

I offer two reasons for my decision.

  1- Though I don’t believe there is a more qualified set of electors, certainly not the new-age stats guys who are envious of the writers and believe they should determine Hall of Famers, I don’t think reporters and columnists who cover and comment on baseball news should be making baseball news.
  2- The steroids issue has made it impossible to conduct a rational vote and cast a reasonable ballot. No matter how a writer votes or on what he bases his decision whom to vote for or not to vote for, his reasoning has to be flawed and open to challenge.

I have read and heard all sorts of explanations for voting or not voting for players listed on the ballot, the focus falling on players known to have used performance-enhancing substances (i.e. those who tested positive) or those who were suspected or having used them (especially those cases where circumstantial evidence e of use was strong).

...Now, you might ask and reasonably so, if I plan to stop voting, why did I vote this year? I voted in the hope that my vote would contribute to Morris’ election. I didn’t vote for anyone else because anyone I might have considered was a known or suspected cheater, and I didn’t want to aid and abet a cheater.

I think I am safe in concluding that Morris did not cheat. I know the stats zealots don’t think Morris is a Hall of Famer because his rankings in their new-fangled ratings fall below their standards. But they don‘t have a formula for intestinal fortitude or determination.

Repoz Posted: January 03, 2013 at 12:33 PM | 103 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Andere Richtingen Posted: January 04, 2013 at 11:29 PM (#4339456)
It's good to see the Hall of Fame enshrinement thing imploding on the force of its own stupidity. And it was stupid before this steroid business came along.

The Hall of Fame is great as a museum. It is not a church, and there should be no sainthood.
   102. J.R. Wolf Posted: January 04, 2013 at 11:55 PM (#4339467)
"Don't worry about him, he's just a hateful crank that should have died in 1980."

Wow, and I thought that I had a bad opinion of the old crank.
   103. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: January 05, 2013 at 12:50 AM (#4339493)
Did he throw in "new fangled" as a bit of a grist for the younger folks' mill? A little poke? Or does he really talk that way and that was completely free of irony?
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