My Ballot of One: I love Hall of Fame arguments. I love reading them. I love seeing what people think is worthy and not worthy. I love reading how people justify voting in or against folks. I love seeing obvious biases, because we’re human beings and we are all biased against someone, no matter how much we try not to be.
I am fairly go with the flow when it comes to this sort of thing, except the last couple of years have been very emotional for me. For reasons, as the kids say. Two years ago I wept like a child. Last year, a small tear escaped my eye along with a sigh of relief.
This year, I don’t have the emotional attachment to any of the guys who are left on the ballot. In fact, there’s only one I’m truly passionate about. I think you all know who it is.
I’ve mentioned before around these parts that Mike Mussina has almost identically the same stats as Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. He was one of the finest pitchers of his generation. Had his career taken place five years earlier, or five years later, I think he’d be a shoo-in. I mean, I love Tom Glavine like I love breathing, but honestly Mike Mussina was a better all around pitcher. His wins* don’t show it, but the stats are solid.
I know Moose isn’t going to get in anytime soon, but I would love to see him get on at least half of the ballots this year, because he was truly excellent for years and years, and should be recognized as being one of the best.
Nats Gon’ Nat: Just some lighthearted stupidity from my favorite trainwreck.
It seems that the Washington Nationals’ 2016 calendar has a bit of a typo. Well, maybe typo isn’t the right word. What do you call it when you use a photo of Fenway Park on the cover of the Nationals’ calendar and call it Nationals Park?
Bless that mess.
*Yes, I know, wins are an artificial metric, you can’t really use win/loss as a measure of a pitcher’s worth, but just because we don’t doesn’t mean that others won’t.