Hall Of Fame Bias

I saw this story on thebiglead.com courtesy of Home Run Derby.  Some writer named Corky Simpson has published his list of 2009 Baseball Hall of fame votes:

  • Burt Blyleven
  • Andre Dawson
  • Tommy John
  • Don Mattingly
  • Tim Raines
  • Jim Rice(only smart pick)
  • Alan Trammell
  • Matt Williams

Uh, I think Corky may have missed someone here.  Has he ever heard of Rickey Henderson?  You know, the greatest lead-off hitter of all time.  The all time leader in steals, 1990 AL MVP, 12 time All-Star, the MLB leader in lead-off home runs.  Maybe that’s not enough for this writer.  He voted for Tim Raines who was the poor-mans Rickey.  The vote for Matt Williams is just shameful.  Here was his reasoning

Matt Williams, my first Hall of Fame vote for an Arizona Diamondback player.  Matty played 17 seasons for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks.  Nobody ever played the game with more intensity, nor with more reverence for the sport.  He was the inspirational leader of the 2001 World Series champion D’backs.

OK, first, calling a player Matty means you are too close to the situation to be un-biased.  Matty?  Is he your three-year-old son?  Do you hear Peter Gammons referring to Jim Rice as Jimmy or Jimbo?  This writer has absolutely no shame and should have his voting credentials seriously reconsidered.  It is unfortunate that someone like this can help ultimately decide the end fate of a players career and even sadder that he’s not the only one.

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3 Responses to “Hall Of Fame Bias”

  1. Really well said, and a dramatic improvement in spelling and grammar. A couple of punctuation errors, but hey, one step at a time. Your Mom is having a very positive effect.

  2. Jay's Mom Says:

    Oh, I seriously doubt I had anything to do with the improved mechanics. But thanks for the vote of confidence, Gerry.

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