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July 20, 2005



Ah, Bruce...this is the same writer who first lauded the AJ-Nathan trade, telling us that AJ is "a pure hitter." Then, after AJ was shown the door, he told us the story of AJ kneeing the trainer in the groin. He explained away the tardiness of the reporting of that incident by saying that no beat writer could risk his relationship with the team by writing about it...that explains the beat writers' silence...what exactly was your excuse, Bruce?

Anyway, I admit I sometimes enjoy reading his columns the same way I occasionally enjoy watching mindless drivel on TV like "The Surreal Life." But I don't go to his column expecting logic or analysis...he's too busy checking out each player's "game face" and "aura" (whatever the hell that is).


One more thought: that first quote from Jenkins about never reviewing a set of numbers in the 15 years he's been voting is the best argument I've heard as to why the voting system for the HOF should be overhauled...what a ridiculous thing to say.


See, Marty, this is why most of these sportswriters shouldn't be entrusted with voting for MVP's, HOF, etc. Because with their infinite wisdom (read: EGOS), they believe they can ~feel~ their way to figuring out who should win what, rather than relying on the numbers to tell the majority of the story (like it should be).

Using the stats, I'm sure, seems like some sort of non-intellectual cop-out to them. They don't want their vote handed to them on the silver platter of OBP and SLG, WHIP or k/9. They want to philosophically figure these things out, when those types of arguments should only be used when the numbers are borderline, or when there are two candidates with fairly even numbers.

Joe Morgan is the prime example, using won/loss record to figure out his Cy Young candidates rather than simple ERA, and heaven forbid something as "deep" into the stats as k/bb ratios.

It'll be better in about 10-20 years when some of these old-schoolers aren't in these positions. God Bless Peter Gammons, though -- he isn't afraid of the numbers.

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