This Man is the Problem

It isn’t that Philip Hersh is the problem with Hall of Fame voting because of his stance. He is the problem because he takes an antagonistic stance for Hall of Fame voting and he isn’t even a baseball writer.

Philip Hersh thinks that, because he USED to cover baseball, he is able to remain on as a guardian of the keep with a vote. He is also, it seems, a child. A child incapable of nuance because his black and white take on a complex issue fires up the “nerds” or whatever pejorative term he surely uses for baseball fans behind closed doors.

By publicizing his self-important noodles on the Hall, this post is part of the problem as well. Rather than leaving him to die on a frozen ski hill, patiently waiting for an athlete who had the good sense to be wealthy BEFORE they became a professional athlete to come swooshing by, the Greater Baseball Outrage Machine will turn its collective gaze towards a man nobody had heard of before today.

And thanks to the BBWAA unwillingness to ask writers like Phil to sit one out, unable to consider the rapid changes in not only the way the game is covered but enjoyed and ingested by many fans, we will continue hearing from guys like this. The self-appointed guardians unable to get out of their own way and the new “class” of writers who cannot pass up an opportunity to make an example of a man dying for that very attention.

But here we are, shaking our fists a man with nothing but disdain for the game he used to cover. Surely scorned time and again for interview requests and treated without the required amount of dignity by a player like Bonds, Mr. Hersh now exacts his revenge. Congrats, Philip. May your hollow “joy” extend the briefest ray of sunshine into what I can only imagine is a more bitter life than I would wish on my worst enemy.

Not on the player, of course. But on the fans, as we discussed earlier today. Thanks, Phil. You are really teaching us all an important lesson. One we’re sure to internalize and take with us for the rest of our days.

Comments (17)

  1. The worst. All the attention must be thrilling for him too, seeing as how his current job is typically only relevant for a month or so every two years.

  2. You know, you could also argue that he loves the sport so much that he’s joyful to keep cheaters out of the HoF.

  3. My problem with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens is the same problem I have with Lance Armstrong. The problem is not that they took drugs, but that they are assholes. With this tweet, Hersh obliviously positions himself within the same asshole camp.

  4. Assholes can still play baseball really fucking well. To me the BBWA should have standards for not only getting a ballot but maintaining one. With the caveat being that the HofF really doesn’t matter all that much, it is still sad to think Bonds or Clemens may not make it in because of this.

    As much as these wrhaters hate Bonds or Clemens or Mack, those players helped save baseball after the strike and most likely kept a lot of these writers employed. Mack and Sosa’s home run chase made baseball very exciting again for a lot of fans and as such there was a demand for it to be covered. To now turn your back and put your nose up at guys that helped make baseball relevant again is just a dick move.

    • there’s a right way to do things and, there’s a wrong way to do things. Cheating in sports is the wrong way, cheating in life is the wrong way. It’s sad that these guys might get frozen out of the HoF but that’s the price you pay for being a dirty cheater.

  5. To paraphrase Renton from Trainspotting. Don’t blame the journalists – they’re just wankers.

    Blame the system that decided journalists were a sensible group of people to make judgements about athletes, or indeed anything other than the best time to head to the bar. Blame our need to have somebody tell us which players were the best, rather than each having our own opinion. Blame our desire to deify certain atheletes in a bizarre temple in Cooperstown, a town built on the lie that America invented baseball, that baseball was invented in Cooperstown, and that the sport has ever been pure.

    The Hall of Fame should be taken no more seriously than the All Star game – it’s entertainment for the kids. If you wear long trousers you should really be able to make your own mind up about who is any good.

  6. The writer above seems to think that he owns the Hall of Fame, or at least a part of it. The BBWAA only vote on Cooperstown membership because the Hall asks them to. Over half of the members of the Hall were inducted by something other than the precous, precious ballot he holds. He surely does love the attention, because in the end, the Hall can cast plaques for whomever they want, whenever they want, they make the rules, not the BBWAA.

    List of inductees and who inducted them:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_the_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame

    Look between 1957 and 1971 in particular.

    Now, who decides how the Hall is really filled up?

  7. Its a shame that there are a bunch of clueless people who vote for the HOF. It is just like the jokes that are elections for the politicians. Let people that don’t know their A#$ from a hole in the ground make important decisions

  8. Gettin worried about you Drew.

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