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January 7, 2014

Ken Gurnick: So stupid, it’s actually beautiful

Filed under: Beautiful and Sublime, Specific Stupidity, Sports — Tony Demchak @ 2:28 pm

MLB.com shared its ballots today, and a number of them have Bonds and Clemens on there, which makes me happy. Then, of course, there’s Ken Gurnick. Here is his ballot.

KEN GURNICK, Dodgers beat reporter
Morris

Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Player Award votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.

That’s not a highlight of his ballot — he literally only voted for Jack Morris. Take a moment to reflect on the stupidity. Then, Rob Neyer counterattacked. The salient points is (with more profanity, because Rob Neyer is nicer than I am): “Hey, fuckwad, Jack Morris pitched during the PED era. You make Murray Chass look like a goddamned Bill James fan.” Neyer’s “correction” was hilarious and to the point:

Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for winning a lot of games and pitching one really big game, even though I know the rules say you’re not supposed to elect a guy because of one really big game. As for those who played most of their careers while I was actually sort of paying attention to steroids, I won’t vote for any of them. Or Alan Trammell, because I just don’t understand that he was a great player.

Don’t worry, guys — only one more day before the HOF ballots are done, I can write my last piece about it, and we can forget about until next year.

 

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