Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Murray Chass on Baseball: THE VOTE BASEBALL WRITERS DON’T NEED

THAT’S MRS. PRESIDENT TO YOU, BUB!

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
  Tags: hof

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

Page 2 of 2 pages  < 1 2
   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?
Page 2 of 2 pages  < 1 2

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
cardsfanboy
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015
(518 - 5:18pm, Jul 05)
Last: Rob_Wood

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-5-2015
(77 - 5:17pm, Jul 05)
Last: Beleaguered Mets Fan

NewsblogOTP - July 2015: Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
(693 - 5:13pm, Jul 05)
Last: Greg K

Newsblog538: Baseball's Kids Are All Right
(3 - 5:04pm, Jul 05)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogBREITBART SPORTS INTRODUCES VALUE ADD BASEBALL
(101 - 5:03pm, Jul 05)
Last: Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner

NewsblogHardball’s winners and losers at halfway point of MLB season | New York Post
(12 - 5:00pm, Jul 05)
Last: Cloude Atlas (Voxter)

NewsblogScioscia Reigns and Dipoto Resigns: What the Heck Is Going on With the Angels? «
(12 - 4:56pm, Jul 05)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogFrom a Front Row Seat, Scott Boras Notes Matt Harvey’s Struggles
(7 - 4:55pm, Jul 05)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: Soccer June 2015
(935 - 4:51pm, Jul 05)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

NewsblogCharges pending in alleged St. Louis Cardinals computer intrusion of Houston Astros - CNNPolitics.com
(25 - 4:49pm, Jul 05)
Last: Zach

NewsblogRangers notes: Hamilton may go back on disabled list | The Star Telegram
(2 - 4:44pm, Jul 05)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogBen Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get | New York Post
(17 - 4:24pm, Jul 05)
Last: Beleaguered Mets Fan

NewsblogCubs, Theo Epstein won't necessarily be buyers at trade deadline - Chicago Tribune
(17 - 3:54pm, Jul 05)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogBrian McCann’s Three-Run Homer in 12th Helps Yankees Walk Off With a Victory - The New York Times
(6 - 1:51pm, Jul 05)
Last: Moeball

NewsblogNick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who should make the 2015 MLB All-Star teams?
(2 - 1:17pm, Jul 05)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Page rendered in 0.1711 seconds
48 querie(s) executed