Mariotti Volunteers To Be Thrown Out Of The BBWAA

January 6, 2010 by TommyT

Jay Mariotti, hypocrite former print writer, from Yahoo Sports and ESPN appeared for the umpteenth time on ESPN’s Around the Horn today and volunteered to be thrown out of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), who vote for induction into the Hall of Fame.  Quoting from the January 5th Podcast from ESPN:

Now, the baseball gods can strike me down, Reali, but guess what? I didn’t vote for anybody in the baseball hall of fame this year. Ya know why?  To me…the first ballot is sacred. I think Roberto Alomar is an eventual Hall of Famer, not the first time. Edgar Martinez, designated hitter, eventually, but not the first time. Same goes for maybe Fred McGriff. As far as Blyleven and Dawson…if they haven’t gotten in for years and years I cannot vote them in now. Ripken, Rickey Henderson and Gwynn. They are true first ballot Hall of Famers, but I didn’t vote for anybody, throw me out of the Baseball Writers. I don’t care.

He is clearly a misguided soul, one who would not vote for the best designated hitter of all time and perhaps the best second baseman all time.  He must not have done any kind of evaluation at all.

Here’s what Mariotti said in a column from January of last year:

Where do 28 voters get off eliminating Rickey Henderson as a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

Maybe those 28 think that their first ballot vote is as sacred as Mariotti’s and left them off the ballot, just as he did for eventual (as he put it), Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff.   He shouldn’t chastise members who leave people off the ballot and then do the same.  Unless, of course he’s OK with hypocrisy, which apparently he is.

As far as him taking a stand on Blyleven and Dawson and even Jim Rice, who was inducted this year in his fifteenth and final year, this is what he said last year:

And I checked Rice, who finally squeezed in with 76.4 percent of the vote in his 15th and final visit to the ballot….

I also voted for Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven, who drew closer to 75 percent but still aren’t quite in.

So he changes his voting strategy from one year to another?  This is how BBWAA members should vote?  Dawson and Blyleven were good enough for him to vote for last year, but not this year?  What changed?  Their stats got worse for him?  They deserved his sacred vote one year but not the next?

I believe the Baseball Writers Association of America should take him up on his offer and kick him out.    He deserves it.

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  1. The Hall of Fame ballot should be taken away from every voter failing to vote for at least five new HOF members.

    Comment by TomMc — Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM

  2. I think even that is too lenient. How about something like…a BBWAA writer is booted out if he/she didn’t vote for:

    — 5 guys who made it in with 75% or more
    — 4 guys who made it in with 80% or more
    — 3 guys who made it in with 85% or more
    — 2 guys who made it in with 90% or more
    — 1 guy who made it in with 95% or more

    Also, the BBWAA ballots should be public…although that does nothing for guys like Jay Mariotti who are proud of their “principles” by inventing their own HoF qualification “rules.”

    Or, how about the HoF drop the BBWAA ballot process altogether and just form a representative 20-person panel to do the annual voting?

    Comment by TheUmpire — Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

  3. Ok fine throw him out. And while were at it throw that horsecrap espuken show out also. 4 clowns spouting opinions. Only a 12 year out could care. This is what passes for programming on espuken?

    Comment by Travis Bickle — Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:24 AM

  4. Jay was and will always be the Howard Stern of writers, a shock jock. He will say or write anything just to be conterversial. None the less, he is a very talented writer and admired by all us in the business.

    Comment by MisterRedLegs — Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

  5. The moron Mariotti needs some old school western justice and needs to be boycotted, banned and run out of the business.
    Guillen was not strong enough.
    I know mental midgets and a half dozen dead squirrels with more sports sense than that F*#%ing guy.

    Comment by IowaOaks — Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 7:20 PM

  6. Mariotti is a moron!!!! All some sports writers, like that idiot, are trying to accomplish is some sort of ‘I am more holy’ than everyone ora that would suggest ‘bugger eating, beer drinking, could not run a mile in a day’ sportswriters somehow are the keepers of what defines greatness. Alomar – one of the ‘best’ second baseman in HISTORY … let me say that once more … ONE OF THE BEST SECOND BASEMAN IN HISTORY …. is that NOT the qualification that is required to get in the HoF. Did ‘the Hawk” somehow become one of the greatest players to play the game (which is what the hall of fame is ‘suppossed’ to be after 9 years of not playing. Did Alomar and everything that he has achieved somehow not become worthy – all of the sudden – of being one of the best 2nd baseman ever to play b/c a over-weight, opinionated, has need seen a treadmill in at least a decade sportswriter decided so ??!?!?
    It is everything that is wrong with baseball that the people that would flurish reporting on the scandal and relative lack of class of that is now baseball, would somehow see themselves fit to judge.

    one word .. a ‘joke’

    Comment by Darcy M — Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:11 AM

  7. PS … Mariotti … Have another burger!!

    Comment by Darcy M — Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:12 AM

  8. Wow, vitriol. The man has a right to his opinion. He obviously makes an ass of himself when he opens his mouth, but like Howard Stern clearly it’s working for him. To my knowledge the BBWAA doesn’t have any rules about qualifications or standards other than service time. It’s up to that organization to police itself.

    And do you really want to mandate that only the people who agree with each other and vote in predictable ways get to be counted? Sounds like a formula for a much less interesting and probably less effective HoF vote.

    Comment by KitchenSink — Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM

  9. @KitchenSink — True, it is a slippery slope of demanding a homogeneous result.

    I think, however, that the OP was railing on the voter’s cavalier attitude toward his responsibility and the inconsistency of his rationale from year to year.

    And, yep, everyone has a right to an opinion, no argument there. But when it comes to explaining his reasons for why he voted the way he did, the call for a logical rationale is justified, don’t you think? If he has serious statistical reasons for his voting choices, then we will have to all agree to disagree. But if he flippantly disregards the responsibility he has been given, then I think that opens him up to fair criticism.

    Heck, by taking the time to read and post here, you have given more thought to the whole process than Mariotti ever has!

    Comment by TheUmpire — Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM

  10. OK, blue, but that point could have been made a little more clearly.

    As for Alomar – if I had a vote, he’d get it! (So would Blyleven, so would Morris…the guy was flat out a horse, and a stud at that, 1991 game 7 nuff said)

    Comment by KitchenSink — Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 2:26 AM

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