Re: HOF Voting
posted at 1/8/2014 2:38 AM EST
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
In response to slasher9's comment:
i believe Jim Rice slid in that way
i cant wait to see (and hear why) which voter did not vote for maddux.....
I have NP with the line
''ruth didn't so no one we have seen 2 date should''
heres your answer
Greg Maddux won't be unanimous
See...I actually have a very large problem with this.
First of all, I find it insanely moronic that the BASEBALL WRITERS decide who gets into the BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. Is it the WRITER'S HALL OF FAME?
Now, about that sentiment above, which I've heard for years...it's stupid. Plainly stupid. People are freely admitting that they are making a dumb, spiteful decision based off of an earlier, and equally dumb, and equally spiteful decision. Do I really need to explain even further how flawed, childish and, again, STUPID that thinking is?
Baseball writers are some of the most curmudgeonly, axe-grinding, grudge-holding, agenda-driven people around the game.
Anyone NOT voting for Maddux does not take the voting seriously, and should have no vote to cast.
All the awards in baseball, including induction into the HOF, have basically turned into popularity contests, and platforms for people to explain why they're smarter than everyone else (talking of the voters here).
If you have to think about it for more than 3 seconds...not a HOFer to me. Hall of FAME. Not Hall of good for a really long time. Or hall of really likeable.
Guys who were the BEST in the game for a considerable time. The BEST! Craig Biggio? No way. Glavine? Borderline...probably in. Frank Thomas? Tough one....really tough. I think no. In a vaccuum, his numbers look great. Living through his entire career and being old enough to follow it from the beginning...he just misses. He was the Best for a stretch...but not long enough. He wasn't THE DOMINANT 1B...he played at a time when there were actually a lot of them, sharing all star space with someone like Cecil Fielder...so, probably no to the Big Hurt.
Piazza should be in. His career, when viewed from the spectre of being a full-time catcher, is HOF worthy. He set the bar for what an offensive catcher could potentially be. Before him, D was viewed far more heavily and C was often an offensive hole of a position. When someone almost single-handedly revolutionalizes a position...they deserve recognition. He changed expectations for what a catcher should be for the entire league.