Skunked Again by Brian Todd
MLB.com writer Hal Bodley said, in defense of his idiotic ballot for the Hall of Fame (Bodley voted for Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and … Jack Morris, and no one else) he was “not ready to vote for Biggio.”
Really? Hoping he hits another double to increase his historic total? After all, Biggio has more doubles than any right-handed hitter in the game. Not that that would matter really. Biggio and Cal Ripken Jr. are the only middle infielders—of just 13 total players overall—to collect 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits. That whole list—if eligible—is in the Hall.
Another MLB writer, Ken Gurnick, voted ONLY for Morris.
Personally, I don’t think Morris belongs in the Hall of Fame. He gets way too much credit for pitching one World Series game. If that’s the criteria, let Don Larson in. But Gurnick held his vote to Morris because, he said, “As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.”
Over at Baseball Think Factory, every year they tabulate the published ballots on something called the Hall of Fame Ballot Collecting Gizmo. I follow it every year to see who looks like they’re going in, and who is getting shut out. Gurnick had the distinction of being the first recorded voter not to mark an X next to Greg Maddux’s name. You know, because skinny pitchers whose fastballs top out at 93 MPH, they’re the ones juicing and rubbing “The Cream” and “The Clear” all over themselves.
I don’t know a better way to select Hall of Famers. Fans aren’t the answer. If they were, we’d see stuffed ballot boxes for the likes of Dale Murphy and, well, Jack Morris. A committee of ex-players and managers sounds good. Until you realize that’s what the Veterans Committee is made up of. Their track record isn’t exactly stellar.
And I don’t think it should be handed over to computers or SABR guys. The Hall of Fame is more than just WAR and whether a guy’s best years were tainted by a high BABIP. And if you need to look up those acronyms, I think I’ve made my point.
I won’t even get into Bagwell, who, despite not having the cool 3,000 hits, I think was a better player. But that’s splitting hairs. That’s like saying I like chocolate cake more than chocolate chip cookies. Really, there’s room for both.
But for too many Hall of Fame voters, there’s not room for either. And I just don’t get it. I didn’t get it last year and for Bagwell the previous couple of years.
So congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. You three survived the gauntlet of stupidity that is the BBWAA voters. For that great feat, you deserve to be called Hall of Famers.
Two Votes – Too Idiotic for Words by Dan Peschong
It is a sad irony that in Brian’s post above (that he wrote before the results came out) – he highlighted the idiocy of 2 voters who published their votes. And those votes did not include Craig Biggio. Because as folks know by now – the great Craig Biggio fell two votes short in the balloting for Cooperstown.
At least I will give Mr. Bodley and Mr. Gurnick this much credit – they at least made public their super-secret ballots and the reasons (no matter how feeble) for not including Bidge on their ballots. We do not know the thinking (or lack thereof) for the other 140+ writers who did not include him on their ballots.
Let me throw out some quick reasons why he should have been elected – first vs. other players already in the Hall who spent the majority of their careers at 2B.
- More runs scored than any other 2B – more than Rogers Hornsby, Nap Lajoie, Joe Morgan and all others
- 3rd most hits – only behind Lajoie and Eddie Collins
- 2nd most HRs – only behind Hornsby
- More doubles than any other 2B
- More extra base hits than any other 2B
- More hit by pitch than any other 2B
- 2nd in times on base – only trailing Collins
Then vs. players at other positions that are in the Hall
- 18th in times on base – more than the newly elected Frank Thomas, Al Kaline, Wade Boggs, Joe Morgan and many others
- 15th in runs scored – more than Carl Yazstremski, Frank Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Honus Wagner
- 21st in hits – more than Al Simmons, Rogers Hornsby, Ricky Henderson and Lou Brock
- 5th in doubles – more than Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays
Of all the people who ever played the game he is 16th in total games, 12th in at bats, 33rd in total bases, 33rd in runs created, and of course 2nd in hit by pitch.
Even though he was only at 2nd base for about 70% of his total games he is still 17th in assists by a second baseman and 19th in double plays turned by a 2B.
They don’t count such things, but he has always been great to kids especially the ones with disabilities and serious illnesses.
He will get in next season – but only through stupidity and negligence did he fall short in 2014.