Pedro Gomez is a baseball journalist. Of this, there can be no doubt. If you’ve seen him on ESPN Sports Center and question how relevant to baseball he’s remained since following Barry Bonds around during the greatest player’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all time home run record, he’ll happily show you his Baseball Writers’ Association of America membership card as proof of his time served.

Aside: Never mind yourself, why would anyone want to belong to a club that would have Pedro Gomez as a member?

In the wee hours of this morning, Gomez took to Twitter to start talking about the Hall of Fame merits of suspected performance enhancing drug users, because such a topic never grows tiresome. When the subject of Jeff Bagwell was broached, Gomez defended his choice to leave the Houston Astros slugger off of his ballot:

Apparently, Gomez spends about as much time preparing for his Hall of Fame vote as he does a regular tweet because as is quite well known, Bagwell did indeed deny using steroids in an interview with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

So, as the reasoning for his position deteriorated, Gomez would certainly rethink it, right? I mean, that’s certainly what a reasonable person would do.

Unfortunately, childish comes before reasonable on the list of adjectives describing Gomez.

Yes, that sounds about right. While many … many have taken to mocking Gomez for his vehemently unreasonable behaviour, I will not. In fact, I’d like to thank him for providing me something to link to when I attempt to describe the type of narrow minded thinking necessary to keep some of the game’s best players from being honoured in the place purposely designed to celebrate the achievement of those exact players.

Seriously, not voting for Bagwell or Barry Bonds or even Roger Clemens to enter the Hall of Fame is like designing the ice cream cone, but refusing to allow scoops of ice cream to be used with the cone.

Of the many pointedly mocking tweets that Gomez has received since his original thoughts became public domain, my favourite belongs to Keith Law and his elephantic memory:

Gomez, of course, famously voted for Jay Bell’s entrance into the Hall of Fame. No, seriously. Jay Bell. The very same Jay Bell who, as Dave Brown pointed out for Big League Stew,  finished only 1,037 hits short of 3,000, narrowly missed 200 homers and 100 steals, and whose OPS of .759 was three whole points above league average.

I suppose that for such a person, exceedingly dumb opinions shouldn’t be that shocking. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t more outrage over Gomez referring to Albert Pujols’ streak of homelessness.

Or even his thoughts on the justice system:

Seriously, though, what’s the point in allowing people like to vote for membership into the Hall of Fame when they very clearly can’t defend the decisions that they make and their relevance to baseball is so very fleeting?