Later in the show, Tom Verducci previewed next year’s ballot, which will include first-timers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. What will happen, Verducci asked Ken Rosenthal, next time? Here’s Rosenthal’s response:
I think those three get in, and Morris is going to be awfully close. And I will say this about Morris: I don’t vote for him, but the level of discourse against him, by certain segments of the sabermetric community right now, is over the top. It’s almost a crusade, and it’s ridiculous. One thing that has bothered me, at times, not among many of us, but some of us, is the almost polarized view of the world now, that has come to pass. It’s as if the Tea Party is taking over one part of baseball discussion, and that’s not right.
Heyman, of course, weighed in there: “And the internet campaign against Jack Morris has really hurt him. I think it was the opposite with Blyleven, the internet campaign got him in.”
Here’s a question for Ken Rosenthal (who I like, and who generally does great work) ... How, exactly, should certain segments of the sabermetric community best present their case that Jack Morris was not, for example, as good as Bert Blyleven or Curt Schilling?
Basically, in Rosenthal’s world-view, it seems that it’s okay to mention in passing that a candidate isn’t quite good enough for the Hall of Fame. But if you truly engage the question, and do some ACTUAL RESEARCH, then you’re engaging in some ridiculous ill-spirited crusade.
Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:20 PM | 71 comment(s)
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