So last week I checked the blog email account. I do this every few months just in case we have any non-spam email. This time, we did! We had one lonely little message from a person who really wanted to talk to us about bad sportswriting, as opposed to all our other messages, written by people who wanted to congratulate us on winning a lottery in the UK or offer us penis pills. This dude (sorry dude, forgot your name, I'll log back into the account and post it in part 2 of this series) provided a link to a Simmons column from 2002 and requested that we write about it. Well, I'm here to help. This column is horrifyingly stupid. And part of that is the subject matter:
Before we get to my plan to save the Baseball Hall of Fame --
The next article any of us reads about saving/restructuring the HOF that isn't a total pile of dog shit will be the first.
a plan that includes a replica of an Egyptian pyramid, no less --
You know what's coming from when a Boston fan starts down this road. IT'S NAWT FAY-UH!!! Say what you will about assholes who write "restructuring the HOF" columns, but at least most of them tend not to be doing it simply because a player from their favorite team was rightfully excluded for a number of years. It's usually because they hate the fact that guys like Jim Rice are in.
The Baseball Hall of Fame officially "jumped the shark"
So who was voted in that year? You guessed it ...
It didn't matter that Rice was the finest power hitter in baseball for an entire decade, averaging .305 with 33 home runs and 106 RBI from 1975 to 1986 (gaudy numbers for that era).
As for Rice, he excelled for a shorter period of time -- just 12 seasons --
And it's not just Rice. Gary Carter's stats are nearly identical to Johnny Bench's stats, save for the fact that Bench hit about 60 more homers and was considered a better defensive catcher (although Carter was no slouch).