I don’t care what Ken Rosenthal, Joel Sherman or others say, I am still upset about one voter not putting Derek Jeter on his or her ballot.
Don’t tell me how to think, Ken. In other words, STFU. (By the way, you still look like Pee Wee Herman with those bow ties).
By the way, Ken, when you say “this is a democracy”, as you do on your Fox video telling people to “just pipe down”, go back to school. The USA is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. Learn the difference.
A democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what is for dinner.
And you know what? I’m still upset that three voters didn’t include Ken Griffey, Jr., nine didn’t include Henry Aaron, 23 (!) didn’t include Willie Mays, and that Mickey Mantle only got 88% of the vote.
I could go on and on.
But here is one of the worst cases of BBWAA stupidity that you may not know about.
It happened in 1960, when Lefty Grove, the former Philadelphia A’s and Boston Red Sox great (1925-1941) got 2.2% of the votes.
Now Grove, one of the greatest lefty pitchers ever, with 300 wins and 9 ERA titles, deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
The point is, he WAS ALREADY ELECTED IN 1947!
And it wasn’t one voter. It was SIX. SIX who voted for Lefty Grove in 1960 despite the fact he already was in the HOF.
Now maybe they meant to vote for Lefty Gomez. Gomez pitched for the Yankees (1930-1942) and one game for the Washington Senators in 1943. Gomez won 2 ERA titles and was, along with Red Ruffing, one of the key pitchers on six WS Champion teams (1932, 1936-1939, 1941).
Gomez did make it into the HOF—by veteran’s committee—in 1972.
But to think, six voters in 1960 couldn’t get Lefty Grove vs. Lefty Gomez straight.
Stupidity in the BBWAA goes back a LONG ways.