First of all, sorry no posts – my last long one about Baggy and BGO almost certainly not making the HOF along with nobody else vanished. Ridiculous – 8 absolutely no doubt superior ballplayers all deserving of the HOF, along with one of the 5 best position players and 5 best pitchers who ever played, left off most ballots. But the writers, who haven’t needed to make a statement about “steroid era” players like Roberto Alomar and Barry Larkin, suddenly remember that hey – they have to refuse to mail in ballots, or worse, send in BLANK ballots, which count.
What if they gave a WAR and nobody came?
Why, then, the BBWAA, who closed their eyes tightly in the 80s and 90s
Would stay home when the fight over “PEDs” begins
And let another vote and be blamed
They SHOULD care – whether or not the player rose above his ERA, but no.
He/she who does not take part
In the ballot will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding ballot will not avoid battle.
Since not to fight for your own cause
Fighting on behalf of your enemy’s cause.
(apologies Bertold Brecht)
The excuse is that the previously ignored “character” clause is now to be used to mean whatever some voter’s prejudice entails. The pretense that no one can be properly judged against his peers is absurd. The pretense that EVERYONE who excelled should be punished is a repeat of the Salem Witch Trials. Accusation = Proof. Naturally, I have noticed that those who accuse, say, Jeff Bagwell of doing drugs (such as Jeff Pearlman) have never offered the slightest shred of genuine PROOF, merely stated that “Houston clubhouse was full of drugs and everyone knows it.”
This is beyond sorry.
They “know” that Greg Maddux, Junior Griffey and Frank Thomas were clean, like HOW? Especially Thomas, the power hitter who out of nowhere, had a superb age 39 season; the explanation is that Thomas was a vocal anti-roider. I say like beeeg deal – Preacher Ted Haggard was loudly, publically anti-gay and whaddaya know, he himself was a closet gay (and drug user, too.)
And if greenies, as illegal as roids, were so OK for the Old Timers to use because they were just like coffee and not performance enhancing at all, and put in bowls in the clubhouses, why is it that no Old Timer will admit to using them? Besides the old Bill Clinton explanation of how he didn’t inhale.
Husband isn’t real too upset, seeing as how if Baggy and BGO won’t be elected, I won’t have a stronger reason that we have to go to Cooperstown (which he has been promising me since we got married – there is always SOME reason that this year is not the right year.)
Anyway – the FO finally got something right after letting jim Deshaeis walk (he must have wanted money or something unreasonable.) Alan Ashby, who was unceremoniously thrown out on his ass at the request of Milo after the 2004 season (for interrupting Milo’s droning on about nonsense, saying terrible and offensive things like the score, the inning, the pitch count, the name of the hitter/pitcher/team.) Ash is not just a former Astro. He is a really REALLY outstanding play by play/color man who has been working for the Jays, who appreciate him.
I know Brownie will be working with (I now hate that phrase, seeing as how I can’t stop associating it with Ed Wade agreeing to “work with” Tal Smith) Ash, but am not sure who the other person will be. I don’t think it will be Alyson Footer, which is just as well because then Husband would be explaining to me how he has always been this die-hard Astros fan and can’t miss the pre-game or post-game show.
The new radio guys, best I know, will be Steve Sparks and (I think) Kevin Eschenfelter. We better hope it’s not Steve Stone, who has been worse than lousy ever since being fired from the Cubs after criticizing players for playing like garbage and getting in pointless fights etc. I DO know that Mo Ensberg, who has been broadcasting on satellite radio, will not be one of the new guys because he is now the infield coordinator with the Lancaster team.
Amazing how many guys, even guys who have plenty of money, just can’t let go of the game and go do something else with their lives. Even working some crap job in the low minors. As Bouton said – here and you thought you were gripping a baseball and all the time it was the other way around…