Jerk alert.

Calling all jerks and idiots.

Now you may wonder what that is about. (I was going to use another word, but thought better of it; it’s a body part beginning with “a”).

I’m watching the news and seeing Jeter’s hit last night. I’m thinking of him and Rivera.

Two of the classiest, most well-respected players in the sport. Legendary players.

First-class people. First-ballot Hall-of-Famers.

So why procrastinate? When something can be done now, shouldn’t it be done now, and not years from now?

What I’m getting at is this. No one has ever been elected to the HOF unanimously. Not Ruth, Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Seaver, Ripken…guys you think would be no doubters. No one.

So let’s get it over with. All those with HOF ballots and who expect to have those votes and ballots in say eight to twelve years (or the approximate time frame that Jeter and Rivera first become eligible for the Hall) who will not be voting for Jeter or Rivera when they become eligible, please declare yourselves now.

Let’s know who the jerks (idiots, “a”-word) are now.

Why wait?

Assholes in future HOF vote
Alright, we’ll say the a-word.   


2 responses to “Jerk alert.

  1. Yet dollars to doughnuts, Mike, it won’t happen. It should be unanimous for them, but it won’t. Look at the lunkheads who failed to vote for Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken, Jr. Especially with the latter two, but on sheer talent and accolades (sans World Series for Gwynn, admittedly) for all three, I found no good case against any of them–or George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and so many others I did not see. Yet some select few dolts refused to vote them in.

    Mariano and Jeter have never disrespected anyone–EVERRRRR. They are revered by their peers. They have won four rings thus far. They have achieved individual milestones and records. They have been among the very best, if not THE best, at their positions EVER. But there is no doubt in my mind that several people for each, at least, will not vote for them. I have no idea why, but it will happen. It always does, and it’s a disgrace. Well, for some it will be their playing for the Yankees. For Mariano, it will be that he is a closer and not seen as fully a pitcher (ridiculous though that is). For Jeter, it will be the lack of eye-popping power numbers (even though he has never been a big-time power hitter) and the steady criticism about fielding (though that’s always been a bit overblown, to me). But it will be some nonsense.

    I know this, Mike. Goodness knows I’m not looking forward to these days, but when the sad days come when Jeter and Mariano retire, Frank the Sage and I are booking accommodations for Cooperstown five years down the road. For those greats, regardless of where I live when that time comes, we’re making that trip, period. Watching them and all their grand accomplishments, for this long, has been nothing short of a privilege.

  2. Understood, Jason. I know I want to be there when Mo goes in.

    And such the purpose of the post. Will the jerks come out NOW and say why they wouldn’t vote for either of these two?

    Of course they won’t. The cowards will hide behind their ballots, much like the 12% who didn’t vote for Mantle, the nine (I think it was nine) who didn’t vote for Mays…etc.

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