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I don’t know much about Tom Tango other than he has co-authored a book on baseball statistics and that isn’t his real name. I asked Tom in an e-mail last week if he cared to share his real name and why he doesn’t use it.
“I don’t discuss the matter,” he replied.
OK, I suppose that’s his prerogative, but I respect him nonetheless. Of the many stats guys who have written to me criticizing my view of new-age statistics, Tom has easily been the most civil, maybe the only one who has been civil.
I bring up Tom and his civility because he wrote an e-mail commenting on my column last week about Tim Raines, his admitted use of cocaine in the early 1980s and his steadily growing vote totals in the Hall of Fame elections. I wrote about Raines in the context of the voters apparently increasing their support for him while soundly rejecting steroids users.
Showing his class up front, he began his e-mail by disclosing he runs a Web site http://www.raines30.com.
...Tango makes a good case for Raines, including his point about Molitor, whom I didn’t vote for, but even if cocaine hadn’t been involved, I wouldn’t have voted for Raines. He falls short of my portrait of a Hall of Famer.
Except for the first time I voted 40 years ago, I have annually voted for only a few candidates, the best of the best, in my opinion.
Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:33 AM | 61 comment(s)
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