Quick thoughts on the Hall of Fame voting and results:
- Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. Those guys are absolutely worthy of the honor.
- Dear writers who did not vote for Greg Maddux: you are idiots. Every last one of you. Unless Greg Maddux slept with your wife and ran over your dog (or vice versa), there is literally no excuse not to vote for him. You are looking at a once-in-baseball-history player here, as in we will probably never have another Greg Maddux again. This is like not voting for Willie Mays or Babe Ruth. Of course, maybe Greg Maddux was on steroids—otherwise, he would have weighed 150 pounds…
- If you voted for Jack Morris but not Greg Maddux, you are a super-idiot. Your embroidered shoulder patch and safety scissors are in the mail.
- Speaking of Jack Morris, I’m glad that controversy’s over. At least until the Veteran’s Committee votes him in a few years from now.
- If you voted for Jack Morris, why did you not vote for Kenny Rogers? Kenny Rogers was left-handed Jack Morris. Good job to the one person who was consistent enough to vote for both.
- I feel bad for Craig Biggio. He came so, so close this year. Maybe he’ll squeak in next year.
- Mike Piazza getting over 60% is a good thing. He’s moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell moved in the wrong direction.
- I extend my congratulations to Jacque Jones’s mother, who must have become a BBWAA member this year, just in time to vote for her son. That’s the only explanation I have for the phenomenon of Jacque Jones getting a full vote.
First, Maddux was convinced no hitter could tell the speed of a pitch with any meaningful accuracy. To demonstrate, he pointed at a road a quarter-mile away and said it was impossible to tell if a car was going 55, 65 or 75 mph unless there was another car nearby to offer a point of reference.
“You just can’t do it,” he said. Sometimes hitters can pick up differences in spin. They can identify pitches if there are different releases points or if a curveball starts with an upward hump as it leaves the pitcher’s hand. But if a pitcher can change speeds, every hitter is helpless, limited by human vision.
“Except,” Maddux said, “for that [expletive] Tony Gwynn.”