Mariotti Volunteers To Be Thrown Out Of The BBWAA
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.