Earlier today, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy unveiled his Hall of Fame ballot. He voted for five players (the maximum is 10). The players on Shaughnessy’s ballot are Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine.
In the case of Raines, Shaugnessy wrote that he simply doesn’t pass Shaughnessy’s highly scientific “I know it when I see it test.”
Raines’ case has been bolstered in recent years by those who analyze statistics that weren’t highly valued back in the 70s and 80s, but Shaugnessy is clearly not someone who analyzes anything.
When it came to the omission of both Piazza and Bagwell, Shaugnessy made a complete fool of himself by stating the following:
I don’t vote for the PED guys, so it’s easy to say no to Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire, and Palmeiro. They have positive tests and/or admissions and/or multiple appearances in the Mitchell Report. Piazza and Bagwell have none of that. They just don’t look right.
“They just don’t look right.”
That’s the extent of Shaugnessy’s reasoning behind keeping two deserving players off his Hall of Fame ballot.
Shaughnessy didn’t even levy baseless accusations against Piazza or Bagwell, he just thinks that they “don’t look right.”
I’d love to hear exactly what doesn’t “look right” about Piazza.
Is it the fact that there isn’t a shred of evidence linking him to the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs? Is it the fact that, after years of some voters being skeptical because Piazza wasn’t adamant enough about his innocence, Piazza went into great detail while denying that he ever used any illegal performance enhancing drugs? Is it the fact that Piazza’s numbers never suspiciously spiked (in either direction)? Is it the fact that Piazza’s body never changed dramatically during his career?
In his pathetic excuse at an explanation, Shaugnessy noted that Frank Thomas had a “Popeye” body, but that since he was never accused of using steroids, he had Shaughnessy’s vote.
Shaughnessy is someone who obviously knows that anyone can make an accusation (baseless or not) against anyone for anything. Want an example? Frank Thomas used steroids. Everyone knows it. See? I just made that up, but now that someone has made an accusation against Thomas, perhaps Shaughnessy will re-think his vote.
A shade over 11 percent of the ballots have been counted, and Mike Piazza has appeared on 70.3 percent of them. It’s likely that Piazza will either just make it or just miss out on election in 2014. If he misses out, obtuse people like Shaughnessy will be the reason why. And it’s a damn shame.