Brace for a Moment of Outrage: Writer Votes Jack Morris, but not Greg Maddux, for Hall of Fame

frye screamLast week, we asked the question and concluded that, no, Greg Maddux would not be a unanimous Hall of Fame inductee. Although he obviously should be, there are too many voters and too many potential crackpots out there for Maddux to achieve that highest of honors.

Now we have confirmation: Maddux will not be a unanimous selection, because Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick did not vote for him. His ballot, and reasoning:

Jack Morris

Morris has flaws – a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Players votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.

So, Maddux, whose numbers are unbelievably fantastic (and comically better than Morris’s), gets punished for playing in an era where the pitching numbers he put up should be held as even more impressive?

Ken Gurnick was clearly out to make a statement with his Hall of Fame vote, and he succeeded.

The nature of that statement, and volume of expletives and drool involved, I will leave to your imagination.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

158 responses to “Brace for a Moment of Outrage: Writer Votes Jack Morris, but not Greg Maddux, for Hall of Fame”

  1. jh03

    Hey guys, Ken Gurnick is going to be on MLBN Radio at 3:30 on Inside Pitch to explain his vote. Just a heads up.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Okay Darth you know the time and place to fire the Death Star.

    2. Fishin Phil

      Unless his explanation includes a twelve pack of Natty Light and numerous shots of Tequila, I just don’t buy it.

      1. jh03

        I’ll let you guys know what he says :)

    3. jh03

      It’s at 1:30, not 3:30 apparently. My bad.

      1. Fishin Phil

        Darth, adjust Death Star accordingly.

        1. MichiganGoat

          Please I wonder who they scheduled for 3:30 watch it be some former Cub great and Darth doesn’t get the memo… THE HORROR

          1. jh03

            What if it takes out Jim Bowden too? Is that a push…. or too far?….

  2. arta

    wow, shocked!

  3. terencemann

    Keep in mind that there will be plenty of blank ballots anyway but bothering to vote for someone who pitched after Clemens, Canseco and Bonds were already winning awards (and who faced Canseco as many times as anybody else in Canseco’s career) and then claiming that you won’t vote for anybody in the “PED era” is absurd.

  4. CubsFaninMS

    What do Miley Cyrus, Martin Bashir, and Ken Gurnick have in common?

    1. Chef Brian

      They have all been known to “twerk” When the mood is right?

    2. cavemancubbie

      Idiocy!

  5. jh03
    1. CubsFaninMS

      This guy is an intellectual hobbit. “It’s that era” is a very poor explanation for failing to vote someone in the Hall of Fame who, by every measurement or stat in the book, is qualified for such an accolade. I’m glad Dale Sveum didn’t share the same philosophy as Ken Gurnick. He would’ve benched the entire team for Castro’s laziness last year. I can see Dale and his cowlick now: “Well, he was daydreaming and I didn’t know who else was daydreaming before that so I just benched them all.” Or what if Officer Brown thought the same way? “SOMEONE in this here long row of cars was clearly speeding.. so you all get a ticket!” Ken’s distorted perception of how to vote for potential Hall of Fame inductees is lazy and an insult to the game. Period. Write your vote next year on your toilet paper because that is how meaningful it is.

      1. Edwin

        It’s also pretty ridiculous to assume that not a single player who played in Jack Morris’s era ever took a PED, or tried to cheat in some other way.

      2. DocPeterWimsey

        That’s pretty insulting towards hobbits: some of them were quite bright, you know.

        1. CubsFaninMS

          Good point. I was alluding to the heighth being compared to the intelligence measurement but you present a valid point Intellectual ork?

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            MAN FLESH!!!!

            Oh, sorry: just getting into the swing of things….

            1. DarthHater

              Looks like robot’s back on the menu, boys!

              1. CubsFaninMS

                Ha! I was thinking of the exact same part of the movie trying to tie it somehow into this particular topic.

          2. DarthHater

            Seems like “This guy is an idiot” would be sufficient without offending any mythical species.

  6. DarthHater

    I wonder why @kengurnick does not contain any tweets about his HOF vote? Seems odd.

  7. hawkboy64

    Douschebag is the word that comes to mind you deny a very worthy player of unanimous vote bc you have gripe for a borderline hall of fame pitcher in Morris. What a tool.

  8. LER

    Gurnick should have been ignored as though he didn’t exist. He should have been deprived of the attention his unsupportable choice earned him. Being ignored would have fried him, and it would have placed him where he deserved to be as someone without meaningful influence. He didn’t do Morris any favors, either.

  9. Oregon Cubs Fan

    Consensus – Ken Gurnick is a tool.
    Also Consensus – Greg Maddux is a HOF by any measurement. Should and will be in.
    Debatable – Whether Jack Morris is deserving or not. (I lean toward yes on him, though he is definitely borderline.)

    What isn’t fair – because of one (may I repeat – one) idiot voter who did not vote the way we feel he should have, the HOF is a joke. The HOF is still the highest honor that can be bestowed on a player – and it matters. How Gurnick votes does not change that. Nor should the entire BBWA slammed for one bad apple, or should I say one stupid apple (no I’m not a reporter, but some day Brett may have those credentials – who knows).

    Fortunately, voting results are not recorded in the hall so Gurnick’s fame is fleeting (as long as we continue to talk about the idiot) while Maddux, who will go into the hall overwhelmingly on the first ballot, will live on into the ages.

    I was angry at Gurnick initially. But now I choose to let that go and celebrate the fact that the best pitcher I have witnessed in my life, who was drafted and developed and spent a significant portion of his career with my beloved Cubs, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.

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